As you are most likely aware, the most popular way a straight, captivating smile is to wear orthodontic braces. However, the problem with wearing these metallic braces on your teeth is that they interfere with your dental hygiene regimen. Naturally, it can be difficult to brush your teeth with all those brackets attached. Nevertheless, you must maintain good dental habits even when you are wearing braces. Here are some tips for our Scottsdale Az., patients for taking care of your teeth and gums while wearing braces:

Know what type of braces you have

There are different types of braces, and every one of them must be cleaned in a specific manner. In order for you to know how to clean your braces, you first need to know what type of braces you are outfitted with.

Brackets are the usual braces that you see, which are made of stainless steel or plastic and are attached to the front surfaces of the patient’s teeth. A wire is then passed through these brackets and subsequently used by your orthodontist to move the teeth into their desired position. Lingual brackets are attached to the tongue-facing side, or on the back of the patient’s teeth, which means that they cannot be seen. However, these braces are the most difficult to clean, because you cannot see the items that are stuck inside the braces. Finally, traditional bands make use of metal bands that are wrapped around each tooth with the bracket secured into each band.

Use an inter-dental cleaner

When you have braces on, you cannot use your ordinary toothbrush to clean your teeth because the bristles will rub against the brackets, bands and other wires of your braces, instead of cleaning the surface of your teeth. For this reason, Dr. Fleming recommends that his Scottsdale, Az., patients who wear braces make use of an inter-dental cleaner. This tiny device can fit into the spaces in between teeth so you can remove plaque and other trapped debris in these hard-to-reach areas even when you have braces on the way.

Floss with a threader

While it might seem complicated, you can actually still floss your teeth even when you have braces on. However, you do need to make use of a floss threader to get the floss in between your teeth even if wires and brackets may be in the way. Specially designed products, such as orthodontic floss, with a built-in tongue threader, are just some of the items designed for people who are wearing braces. If you have any questions about oral hygiene while wearing your braces, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Fleming of Belmont Dental Care in Scottsdale, Az.

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