When it comes to orthodontic treatments, several factors can affect the level of satisfaction felt with the outcome. One of the most important of these factors is oral hygiene. Our dentist in Houston may make specific recommendations regarding how to manage your smile while you are improving your smile, but there are some universal rules.
Brackets and wires can make brushing difficult. A soft-bristled brush is the safest option when it comes to brushing. They can help get into those hard-to-reach spaces without irritating the gums or damaging your teeth or braces. Brush all surfaces of your teeth, and spend at least two minutes brushing after each meal. Replace your brush every three months and use fluoride toothpaste for the best results.
Flossing can seem virtually impossible when you are wearing braces, but flossing is essential for keeping plaque and debris out of your teeth and away from your gumline. To simplify this job, use floss threaders, which are flexible nylon devices that allow you to easily thread floss through your teeth above and around your braces. Orthodontic flossers are also available. If you have gaps in your teeth, you may also need to use an inter-dental cleaner to remove all buildup from the gaps.
Mouthwash can freshen your breath, but fluoridated mouthwashes also help your teeth stay strong.
Along with good at-home dental hygiene, routine checkups and professional cleanings can also help you keep your teeth clean and healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Contact our expert in braces in Houston today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.
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