Unfortunately, people with braces are more prone to experiencing a build-up of plaque and tartar. Braces make it difficult to properly clean your teeth which can lead to tooth decay, periodontitis, and many other oral diseases.
How do you effectively clean braces that are bonded to back of your teeth?
Cleaning your teeth when you have braces can be a difficult task, especially when you have lingual braces. It is important to keep your teeth clean to avoid any setbacks or delays in your orthodontic treatment and to ensure your teeth are healthy when your braces are finally removed.
Follow our top tips to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth and clear smile throughout your lingual braces treatment and beyond:
You should make sure you clean your teeth after each meal (if possible) and follow up with a more thorough clean right before bed. This night-time cleaning will be longer and more precise than the others but is an essential step in keeping your teeth clean. By cleaning your teeth before bed, you can help prevent plaque from building up overnight. You should not consume anything, other than water, once you have cleaned your teeth for the night – this way you can enjoy the maximum benefit of the cleaning and keep your teeth in good shape.
Brushing is one of the most important steps in maintaining good oral hygiene. There are 3 types of brushes recommended for cleaning your teeth when you have braces: interdental brushes, orthodontic brushes, and sulcabrushes.
- Orthodontic Manual Toothbrush/Electric Toothbrush:
Use a round, soft bristled orthodontic toothbrush to clean your teeth after every meal. You will need to clean each side of each tooth (including chewing surfaces) for a thorough clean.
Brush all exposed surfaces of the teeth by holding the toothbrush at an angle of 45°, first pointing it from the gumline towards the tooth and then pointing it from the tooth towards the gumline. Then hold it at a straight angle over the surface of each bracket. Make sure you angle the brush correctly to allow the bristles to reach and clean between the brackets and teeth. If using a manual toothbrush, make small circular motions over each tooth (at least 5 circular motions per tooth per brushing position). If using an electric toothbrush, hold it in each brushing position for a minimum of 5 seconds per tooth.
- Interdental cleaner:
This is a combination of a toothbrush and a toothpick and is a popular alternative to dental floss especially for people with braces. It is used to clean underneath and around the wire and braces and removes food from between teeth and braces. Place the cleaner between each tooth (as you would with floss) and move gently to remove plaque and debris.
This single-tuft brush is used specifically for cleaning along the gumline and is also great for reaching under the brackets. Use it to gently brush on the edge of the gumline in a small circular motion both on the outer and inner gumlines. It is helpful in removing dirt and plaque from your gumline and helping prevent gum disease which could prolong your orthodontic treatment or cause you to lose teeth.
Remember that bacteria thrives in moist conditions, so keep your brushes in a clean and dry environment to avoid a build-up of bacteria on them. You should also make sure you change your brushes often.
This is a little more difficult to do when using braces. You must ensure you floss not only between teeth but also between the brackets and teeth to loosen any food that may be stuck there.
Devices such as a water pick can help remove plaque, tartar, and food or debris by shooting little jets of water into hard-to-reach spaces. This helps loosen the dirt which can then be removed by brushing or flossing. When using this, make sure you target areas which are difficult for you to reach with your brush or floss.
The final step in your night-time cleaning routine is to rinse out your mouth using a good fluoride mouthwash. This will help by clearing out any missed dirt, strengthening your teeth, killing bacteria in your mouth, and leaving you with fresh breath. You should gargle with your mouthwash for at least 30 seconds once you have brushed and flossed your teeth.
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It is important to maintain an excellent oral care routine when you have braces to avoid dental diseases which can cause complications and lengthen your treatment time.
Try our cleaning tips on your lingual braces to ensure that you have a successful orthodontic treatment which will leave you with a healthier, straighter, and happier smile!
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