Having new braces could be very awkward at first, especially when it comes to cleaning your mouth. How should you do it exactly? Do you have to clean under the brackets? What shouldn’t you do? These are all valid questions since the primary oral health concerns that could when you have poor oral hygiene and braces include gingivitis, decalcifications, and periodontitis.
Besides visiting Dr. Josh Goldknopf, your orthodontist here at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, for scheduled follow-up checkups and braces adjustments, here are guidelines that you can follow to ensure quality oral health during your treatment.
Remember The Basics
Brush your teeth following each meal, or at least twice daily during the morning and evening. Brush thoroughly but gently and spend ample time going over each quadrant of your mouth. Expect this to take longer than usual since you will need to get into the teeth behind the wires. For the best toothbrushing technique, consider these tips:
- Rinse away any leftover debris with water.
- Angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees, move your toothbrush back and forth, and use short, precise strokes.
- Opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damage to your braces, teeth, and gums. This could be a standard toothbrush, an interdental toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush.
- Don’t forget to brush under and between the wires.
- Lastly, clean your tongue and other mouth surfaces.
The main thing to remember when flossing with your new braces is that you have to thread the floss under the wire and in between each teeth. This will take some practice or special flosses like a water flosser that can apply a pressurized stream of water to loosen debris and get rid of bacteria.
Get Scheduled Professional Cleanings
Professional cleanings at either one of our offices in Jacksonville or Ponte Vedra, FL, are vital to ensure the success of your treatment. Ask your orthodontist for specific cleaning schedule recommendations.
Consider a Fluoride Mouthwash
This will offer additional protection for your teeth and gums, help strengthen your enamel, and keep them from getting damaged or decaying.
Don’t Use Whitening Products
Keep in mind that any whitening product that you apply to your teeth can only bleach the teeth parts it touches, meaning that the parts under your brackets won’t be whitened. That said, postpone your teeth whitening plans until after your braces treatment.
For Concerns or Advice on Your Braces, Call Us
Dial (904) 249-0037 to arrange your consultation with Dr. Josh Goldknopf here at The Brace Place Orthodontics in both Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL.