Five Hygiene Tips for Braces

Five Hygiene Tips for Braces
Posted on 05/23/2018
Five Hygiene Tips for Braces

At Heller Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout the Laurel and Bethesda, MD areas achieve a beautiful new smile through orthodontic treatment – but achieving that new smile takes more than just the care we provide in-office. In addition to visiting your Laurel orthodontist, you'll need to take good care of your teeth and braces during treatment. To help you do that, we've compiled five simple tips that can help you take better care of your braces & maintain strong oral hygiene!

5 Tips for Oral Hygiene with Braces

While you're wearing braces, your teeth are at an increased risk for dental decay. Braces make the perfect environment for food particles, bacteria, and plaque to hide and grow, which means proper oral hygiene is more important than ever. Here are five simple tips for better hygiene with braces:

  • Brush After Every Meal & Snack: When you're wearing braces, brushing twice a day just won't cut it. You'll need to brush after every meal, and ideally, you should brush your teeth after consuming anything besides water.
  • Use Threader Floss: You'll need to use specialized tools to floss with braces, and you'll still need to floss every day. Floss threaders are an excellent option, but our advice is to look for threader floss – specialized floss made with a hardened tip that makes it easy to slide under an archwire without a separate floss threader.
  • Carry a Kit: One of the best ways to maintain good hygiene is to carry a "braces care kit" with you at all time. Include a small toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and tools like an interdental brush, then use it to clean your teeth and braces while you're on the go.
  • Watch Your Diet: Another great way to prevent tooth decay is to avoid sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods. This minimizes the impact of harmful bacteria and plaque, amplifying your other hygiene efforts.
  • Drink Lots of Water: Finally, simply drinking water can help promote oral hygiene. Clean water washes away sugars, acids, and bacteria from the mouth, protecting your teeth from decay – and tap water contains fluoride that strengthens your teeth.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Laurel & Bethesda, MD Orthodontist

Following these tips will help keep your teeth and gums healthier, ensuring your treatment goes smoothly and you achieve your new smile as fast as possible. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page if you have more questions about oral hygiene with braces, and don't hesitate to use our easy online form if you'd like to request an appointment with us. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in maintaining great oral hygiene with braces!