How to maintain dental hygiene with braces
Straightening your teeth through braces is great for your self-image and preventing many dental problems in the future.
But the downside of braces, particularly traditional ones, is that it can be hard to maintain dental hygiene.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you understand the importance of good dental hygiene and some tips for maintaining it with your braces.
What are the risks of bad dental hygiene?
Braces make dental hygiene harder to maintain, and are more prone to several common dental problems such as gingivitis, tartar, and demineralisation. In some cases, these can even lead to more serious issues such as gum disease, through a build-up of plaque.
Not only are these problems unpleasant for you to deal with, they may also prevent your braces being removed on schedule.
Being more susceptible to cavities and sore, swollen gums can cause your regular adjustments to be paused. In severe cases, your orthodontist may even have to remove your braces while you heal.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is also important to prevent staining.
The last thing you want to do is end up with whiter, visible unstained squares on your newly straightened teeth.
Tips for maintaining your hygiene with braces
The first step to maintaining good dental hygiene is making sure you have the right equipment to do the job.
Although some will be down to your personal preferences, here’s what you will need:
The key to maintaining great dental hygiene with braces is to build a routine.
Start off with the inter-dental brush and remove all pieces of debris from your braces and wires. Then thoroughly brush your teeth (with the help of a four-tuft interproximal brush if required), taking care not to press too hard.
You will need to brush your teeth several times a day, particularly after big meals. It’s also important that you remember to floss once a day.
Take things as slow as you need and make sure you don’t miss a spot.
Maintaining good dental hygiene with braces is difficult, but incredibly important for your health and treatment.
If you struggle with maintaining dental hygiene, you may want to consider opting for Invisalign braces instead. As Invisalign are completely removable, you can easily take the braces out while you maintain a normal dental hygiene routine.
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