Posted on 9/30/2019 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Now that you have braces, there are some changes and adjustments that you will need to make to your regular oral health care routine.
Brushing at least twice daily and flossing regularly do not stop being important just because your teeth may feel like they are a little more difficult to get to! Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new orthodontics and relearn some of the skills that you need to keep your smile healthy as it is changing.
Learning How To Care For Your Smile
Brushing and flossing your teeth is imperative if you want to maintain a strong and healthy smile. With the addition of braces, this can feel like a challenge. In addition to your regular cleanings and checkups with our staff, there are some things you can do at home to help maintain a healthy smile.
Before you start to clean your smile, you need to remove any elastic bands or other removable pieces from your orthodontics. Begin to brush each individual wire from top to bottom, making sure that you go all the way around both the upper and lower teeth. You may opt to brush your teeth next with a small electric toothbrush so that you can reach into the spaces between your braces.
Flossing can also be a challenge, you can thread your unwaxed floss carefully under the main wire of your braces prior to passing it between your teeth. This can be time consuming as you will have to rethread for each tooth. You can also use dental tape which is specifically designed for use with braces.
Another alternative is to invest in an electronic water pick, or water flosser. These machines pump water through specially designed heads and spray water into the spaces and cracks between your teeth. If you have problems cleaning your teeth with your braces, please call us. We are here to help.