While wearing braces, plaque and food particles have additional places to accumulate and become trapped. Be prepared to spend three times as long on your oral care while you have braces on your teeth. Don’t worry, it’s worth the time. If you don’t pay attention to oral hygiene while your teeth are being realigned, you increase your risk of gum disease. Plus, it can help your teeth look that much better when it’s finally time to get your braces removed.

How to Brush While Wearing Braces?

A power toothbrush that is specially designed to clean around orthodontic appliances can help. Also replace your toothbrush or brush head every 3 months so it continues to clean efficiently.

  • Get Started – Remove elastics, bands, or removable parts of orthodontic appliances
  • Clean Your Braces – Carefully clean around wires and pins
  • Brush Each Wire – Move top to bottom, and all the way around upper and lower teeth
  • Brush Your Teeth – Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds. As you’re brushing, make sure to clean all areas of the tooth. Some people find they get the best clean going tooth by tooth. Don’t forget to brush the insides of teeth, the tops of teeth and the back of your mouth behind your back molars
  • Rinse and Check Your Teeth – Rinse thoroughly and then examine your teeth and braces in the mirror, and remember to look for any remaining food particles

How to Floss While Wearing Braces?

Although flossing with braces is tricky, you can get the hang of it with practice if you follow these steps…

  • Floss once a day. Use waxed floss and thread it carefully under the main wire before passing between two teeth
  • Use of about 18 inches of floss should suffice
  • Insert the floss threader between 2 teeth below the wires of your braces and then pull the floss halfway through
  • When you reach the gum-line, pull the floss into a C
  • Make sure to floss below the gum line with a gentle up and down motion

Parents – Do the flossing for younger children who lack the coordination to thread the floss under the main wire of their braces.

How Do Braces Work?

Knowing a little bit about the orthodontics work can help you prepare for the braces and the pain you might experience. In their entirety, braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied. The key components of braces are brackets and wires. A bracket is attached to each tooth or to a band placed around the tooth. The brackets hold the wires that actually cause the teeth to move. The wires used are called arch wires. They are attached to the brackets and the orthodontist adjusts them at regular visits.

What Causes the Pain from Braces?

Some research has shown that braces pain may be caused by changes in blood flow that occur when the braces apply pressure to the teeth… Sometimes one of the arch wires can cause braces pain by poking into the back of the mouth. The braces will improve your smile and your dental health but brace pain can make you uncomfortable. Brace pain usually lessen with time.

What Products are Available to Sooth Pain from Braces?

For pain associated with pressure of braces try over the counter pain reliever such as Motrin or Advil. There are also topical pain relieving product to rub on your gums. Maybe toothpaste, mouth rinse and dental floss for sensitive teeth can help. Eat soft foods such as jello, pasta and soft cooked vegetable for the first day after an orthodontic adjustment. And use a soft bristled toothbrush. Be sure and wear a mouth guard if you play contact sports. Being hit or falling during sports can cause brace pain and orthodontic additional expense.

What Are the Benefits of Wearing Braces?

Braces can benefit your health and enhance your appearance. It can be a valuable investment for any individual with misaligned teeth because they can help improve oral health and create a better appearance. Braces can prevent tooth decay, gum diseases, cavities, bone erosion, injury, and bad bites. Braces can straighten your teeth for optimal alignment, helping you thoroughly chew your food and improve digestion. Braces can fix misalignment and possibly help you get rid of speech problems. When your treatment is completed and your teeth are are all aligned you will forget all about the pain and appointment time and be happy with your new smile.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

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