Oral Hygiene & Braces Care
Once the braces go on, there is still work to do! Below are a few
Start with the outside of the teeth, with the brush at a straight angle. Use circular, vibrating motions. Clean the area between the gums and braces by angling the brush down. Keep using a small circular motion. Clean the rest of the outside of the teeth by angling the brush up. Brush the chewing surface of both the upper and lower jaw. Finish up by brushing the inside of the teeth.
A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Floss at least once a day. The floss should be pulled under the archwire. You can try using a floss threader to help with this. Thread the floss threader, then push the end under the archwire and pull the floss through. Pull the floss up between the teeth and gently move it up and down the sides of both teeth.
When you finish brushing and flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or an antiseptic dental rinse. Using an antiseptic dental rinse can help with minor gum inflammations and irritations caused by your orthodontic appliances. This rinse can also help cleanse canker sores and minor wounds. It helps to remove debris and enable healing!
Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
Cleaning Your Removable Appliance
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.