Along with the many positive aspects and results of orthodontic braces, there are a few challenges. While braces will help improve oral health and function in the long term, it can be difficult to maintain oral hygiene routines while wearing braces, as it becomes easier for food to become stuck in your teeth, and more difficult to floss.
You May Use an Electric Toothbrush
While wearing braces, it’s more important than ever to maintain your oral health routine, which should include brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily. Many people choose to brush with an electric toothbrush. The good news is that if this is your preference, it is completely alright to continue to do so after getting braces. Electric toothbrushes are actually even better for oral hygiene, especially for those who have limited dexterity or range of motion. Additionally, because electric toothbrushes provide a vibration, they are better at removing tartar and plaque buildup.
When choosing an electric toothbrush to use with braces, we would recommend a model that has a built in timer. The will assist in assuring that adequate time is used clean your teeth more completely.
Use a Floss Threader
In addition to an electric toothbrush, floss threaders are essential for those with orthodontic braces, as they allow you to get underneath the brackets and between the teeth. Even with an excellent oral hygiene routine, braces still make it easier for plaque to buildup, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. It’s important to regularly visit your dentist for cleanings, in addition to your regularly scheduled orthodontist appointments.
Despite the extra time needed for oral hygiene, the excellent results of orthodontic braces make it worth the trouble! For any further questions about braces, or other orthodontic treatments, contact our team today.