Having braces can make taking care of your teeth a little harder. Not only do you have to continue to brush and floss, but you have to do so in a way that prevents your braces from getting damaged. Your New York, NY orthodontist can give you plenty of advice on taking care of your teeth and your braces, but here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re at home.
Flossing With Braces
Flossing is always important, but having braces presents a challenge. Many orthodontists recommend either interdental brushes or floss threaders to make it easier to get in between your teeth while maneuvering around brackets and wires. Flossing is still important while you are wearing aligners or braces. You want your teeth to be in great shape once they are straightened.
Brushing With Braces
When you have braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line just like you would brush without braces. Then, position your toothbrush above the brackets and brush while angling your toothbrush down. Finish by placing your toothbrush underneath each bracket and angle it upwards. This will get any food particles that are trapped under the brackets.
Wearing a Mouthguard
If you engage in contact sports with braces, be sure to wear a mouthguard to prevent damage to your braces and to protect your cheeks and gums from cuts. Talk to your orthodontist about which mouthguard is the best for you. They may recommend an over the counter mouthguard or suggest a custom-made one that will offer a better fit.
For more information about taking care of your teeth and braces, contact Upper East Side Orthodontics today. Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, Dr. Jahn’Shahi, and their staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.