How to brush your teeth,If orthodontic patients brush regularly according to following steps, they will get better results. These steps are as follows:
|Place the brush at a 45-degree angle between the teeth and the braces. Using a circular brushing motion will clean around the braces.|
The maximum accumulation of food debris and plaque is on the cervical region of the teeth. Hence, orthodontic patients should give special attention to these areas. For this purpose, brushing at a 45-degree angle between the gums and the braces using a circular motion will keep the gum area clean.
Don't forget to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
To make sure that you get the insides of your teeth clean, you may need to change the position of your toothbrush.
|Giving your tongue a gentle brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris. You can easily clean your tounge using a soft-bristled toothbrush.|
|Orthodontic patient can use an interdental toothbrush to clean between the teeth and around the braces. Be careful not to overly stress the wire to avoid deflection or breakage.|
Selection criteria for orthodontic toothbrushes
The most important thing is to look for a brush that's soft and approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). After that, the size of the brush, the shape of the handle and other variations are up to you.
Some companies make toothbrushes especially for people with braces. Known as bi-level brushes, they have longer bristles on the edges and shorter ones in the middle. This type of brush allows you to clean the area above and below the brackets and the brackets as well.
What about an electric toothbrush? It's not necessary, but if you have one, it's safe to use it on your braces. Just be careful not to hit the plastic back of the brush against the brackets on your braces because it can damage them. Also, it should be used on a moderate setting so as not to break or loosen braces.