Have you gotten dental braces or any other form of orthodontic aligners lately? Great! Congrats on your way to getting a smile that’s orthodontically aligned and aesthetically pleasing. But, while having the aligners in your mouth, are you taking the necessary care to ensure your oral health isn’t depleting?
Getting dental braces is a great way to straighten your teeth. But, many people develop oral infections while having braces on due to the lack of proper oral care during the course of the treatment. This can jeopardize your oral health and lead to issues such as cavities, discoloration, plaque, and tartar accumulation, etc. Hence, it is advisable for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to take better care of their oral health.
Brushing and flossing teeth is one of the most basic, yet effective things one can practice. They get rid of the majority of the bacteria from the mouth, thereby considerably reducing the chances of developing cavities and other oral infections. But, brushing and flossing between the braces isn’t easy as it could easily damage the brackets and wires. Also, a lot of food debris can be left behind on the teeth on which the microbes feed.
Be patient. Take your time to work around individual brackets as plaque and tartar tend to accumulate more around them. Use a soft bristle toothbrush as it wouldn’t damage the braces. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush the teeth using circular strokes. Ensure that all the food debris has been removed thoroughly from around the brackets as well as the wires.