If you are a new patient with braces, or an existing patient who needs a refresh – it is important to know how to brush your teeth properly.
This can be tricky, since there are a few extra steps involved in brushing with braces. But it is worth it! Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health and orthodontic treatment. In this blog post, our Braces Plus team will go over the best way to brush your teeth with braces. Keep reading for more information!
The first step is to gather all of the supplies you will need: toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, orthodontic wax. It is important to have a good toothbrush – one that is soft and designed for braces. You will also need orthodontic wax, which will help to protect your gums and lips from the brackets and wires.
Once you have everything gathered, it is time to start brushing! Start by wetting your toothbrush and adding toothpaste. Then, brush the front surfaces of your teeth gently. Be sure to get in between each tooth – this can be tricky with braces, but it is important. Next, brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Finally, brush your tongue (or use a tongue scraper).
When brushing, use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines for 10 seconds on each tooth. Do the same procedure with the bottom row, as well as the palatal and lingual surfaces of your teeth. Please see our diagram on Instagram for more details.
Remember to brush after every meal or snack – this is important in order to keep your teeth and braces clean. If you have any questions about brushing with braces, be sure to ask our Airdrie orthodontic team at Braces Plus! We are here for you every step of the way during your orthodontic journey. Here’s to healthy smiles!