Orthodontics is treatment to move your teeth into the right position, but the treatments used can present a challenge to maintaining your everyday oral hygiene. If you are wearing braces, flossing is not only possible, but it’s important to maintain the health of your teeth. Your orthodontist and your dentist can provide you with tools that will help you floss and brush effectively even with braces.
Flossing with Braces
Having metal braces and rubber bands on your teeth can make it difficult to floss between them. However, it’s vital that you brush and floss regularly during your orthodontic treatment. The extra surfaces created by braces create more places for food particles and plaque to cling, making it more likely that you’ll experience tooth decay if you aren’t careful to take good care of your teeth.
Your orthodontist or dentist can help. There are special tools you can use that make it easier to thread floss between your teeth, and that can help with the special needs of brushing while wearing braces. You should also carry a travel brush with you so you can brush after every meal to prevent plaque build-up. The better you take care of your teeth, the better your final results will be.
Other Care Considerations while Wearing Braces
Your orthodontist will provide instructions regarding how to take care of your braces. If wires break, you might need to make an appointment to have them repaired. If the wires irritate your lips or tongue, you can use wax to protect the soft tissues from the sharp edges.
While you’re wearing braces, you’ll need to be sure to visit the dentist regularly. If you do develop a cavity under or around your orthodontic appliances, your dentist will be able to find them and treat them before they can become serious. He can also monitor your gums for any signs of gingivitis or gum disease. This way, you can be sure to keep your mouth and teeth healthy even while you are on the way to your perfect smile.
Are you considering braces or have dental hygiene questions? Contact us at Fleming Orthodontics today!