Proper teeth cleaning can be hard to do with braces! But good oral hygiene is an essential part of your orthodontic success, and so we’ve created a simple, step-by-step guide to help you keep that UNCOMMON smile bright and healthy!
To start: place a pea size drop of toothpaste on your brush. Next, place the toothbrush against your teeth at a slight angle to help get the bristles around your brackets while brushing. Move your brush in a circular motion to be sure to get all the nooks and crevices as well as the hard to reach places created by your wires and brackets. Don’t forget to brush the backs of your teeth as well!
Doctors recommend you brush your teeth for 2 whole minutes. That can seem like a really long time, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite 2 minute songs to help you pass the time and jam out while brushing!
Once your teeth are thoroughly brushed, move on to the mouthwash! Mouthwash helps kill any germs or bacteria left in your mouth after brushing, and is an important part of your oral hygiene routine! Good news is this is the easy part! Just place a capful (or 2 tablespoons if you aren’t using the cap) in your mouth and swish it around for 1 whole minute. Do your best to make sure you get the mouthwash on all of your teeth, gargle, and spit! Remember: never swallow mouthwash!
Now on to everyone’s favorite part: flossing! Flossing can be difficult with braces, and there are several nifty tools you can use instead of traditional floss to make the process more convenient. BUT if you are using the good ol’ fashion string of floss, try threading it through a needle to help get the string in all those hard to reach places. Go on both sides of your tooth in a “C” shaped motion to “scoop out” all the tough little bits wedged between your teeth.
If you have appliances, does this still apply to you? YES! Your appliances are in your mouth, so they need to be brushed! Even your retainer will start to smell bad if not kept clean. Plus, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria when not properly cleaned. YUCK!
You have to brush your teeth everyday! We do our part to make smiles possible, but you have to do your part too! Brush, floss, and gargle after every meal!