Dental braces are used in cosmetic dentistry to address issues of misaligned teeth. The braces work by gradually but effectively moving the affected teeth into a more properly aligned position – improving both the form and function of the (previously) crooked teeth.
Those who have dental braces may find it challenging to maintain good oral health – tooth brushing with dental braces on teeth is a different experience from brushing the teeth without the dental appliance on. However, this “challenge” should be no excuse to let go and neglect good oral health maintenance. Aside from getting helpful tips from your dentist on how to properly brush teeth with dental braces, the tips below should give an idea on how to brush teeth properly and effectively – even with the presence of dental braces.
Effectively Brushing Teeth with Dental Braces
- Holding the toothbrush at a straight angle, the first strokes of brushing should involve the outside part of the teeth with dental braces.
- Using small circular motions, brush the outside portion of your teeth thoroughly. Make sure to repeat this step for the inside portion (back area) of the teeth as well.
- Hold the toothbrush at an angle so the bristles are pointing upwards against the bottom row of teeth, to effectively clean the area between the teeth and the gums. Brush the upper row of teeth afterwards by angling the toothbrush downwards and using swift brushing strokes.
- Continue brushing the teeth by cleaning the upper chewing surfaces of the back teeth – do this for teeth on both sides of the mouth. Using swift but firm strokes, brush the lower chewing surfaces of the teeth as well – again, on both sides of the mouth.
- Position the toothbrush to face upwards, and start brushing the inside portion of the upper teeth. Do the same cleaning motion with the toothbrush for the lower row of teeth’s inner portion, this time angling the toothbrush so that it faces downwards.
- Using an interdental toothbrush, start cleaning the areas around the dental braces – this includes cleaning the areas under the orthodontic wires, and the top of the brackets.
- Use dental floss to clean the areas between teeth – the floss can be threaded over or underneath the wires, if they are not finishing wires.
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