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How to brush your teeth with braces

There are lot of reasons why people delay getting braces, but one of the reasons you might be delaying is because you’ve heard it’s hard to keep your teeth clean. Brackets are bonded to the teeth safely during the fitting process, with a wire threaded through them to cause the tension required to shift your teeth into a better alignment, but it’s understandable why you might be worried about how your tooth surfaces will look following treatment. This is particularly the case if you know honestly, you’re not the most patient tooth-brusher in the world.

Braces do make teeth harder to brush. There’s no denying that. They do also have a tendency to trap food, making thorough tooth brushing at least twice daily all the more important. But if you don’t put in the effort while you have braces in place, you will find that food will remain on the teeth, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and colour streaking when the brackets are removed.

This doesn’t need to be the case. Using the correct brushing techniques will help you keep your teeth as clean as possible, whilst you’re having orthodontic treatment. Let’s have a look at the best techniques.

Keeping your teeth clean whilst wearing braces

If you have any loose particles rattling around your braces after you’ve eaten, the best way to remove them is by rinsing. Then, if you place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums to apply short strokes, you’ll find it easier. Obviously the brush needs to get under the wire to best reach the teeth. For these hard to reach places, a spoolie-style brush can be purchased from most high-street stores.

Make sure you don’t leave any tooth surfaces untouched with your brush. 3 minutes is an ideal time to spend brushing teeth. You could set an egg timer to ensure you don’t inadvertently make the brushing session too short to be effective.

Why is regular brushing so important?

The point of brushing your teeth is to remove food deposits that remain in the mouth following your meal. If you don’t remove them all, there’s a chance that your teeth could decay, particularly if you’ve consumed anything that contains sugar. When sugar reacts with the bacteria that can be found on the plaque on your teeth, acid is created. This acid attacks the protective enamel coating of your teeth and if it attacks it enough, it will create a hole known as a cavity, which can only be resolved by having a filling fitted.

Gum disease is also a product of not brushing your teeth regularly enough, as this is when food deposits collect along the gumline. The consequences of gum disease are not just bleeding and swollen gums, but also potentially, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. These are the serious health conditions which are associated with gum disease that has been left untreated. In conclusion, the way to avoid unnecessary and painful dental conditions is through regular brushing, using the correct techniques.

If you wear braces and you’re in any doubt about how you should be keeping your teeth clean, or you’d like to find out more about having braces fitted to correct your alignment problems, please give us a call to book a consultation. Our dentists here at the Heaton Mersey centre in Stockport, Manchester, will be happy to show you effective brushing methods and explain the range of braces we offer.