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Brushing

It is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Hence, different guidelines than usual are needed for orthodontic patients to achieve an acceptable level of oral hygiene.


How to brush your teeth,
If orthodontic patients brush regularly according to following steps, they will get better results. These steps are as follows:

orthodontic patients should brush regularly



Place the brush at a 45 degree angle between the teeth and the braces

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.

orthodontic patients should give special attention to cervical regions





Do not forget to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth

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.


orthodontic patients should clean inside the teeth too





Giving your tongue a gentle brushing removes dead cells bacteria and food debris  
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.

Orthodontic patient can use an interdental toothbrush to clean between the teeth and around the braces





Brushing considerations for orthodontic patients  

Brushing considerations
  • 2-3 times per day ... ideally after each meal and before bedtime.
  • 4-5 minutes to complete the job ... do not hurry.
  • Small circular motion at a 45-degree angle for about 10 seconds on each tooth with sufficient force to remove food and plaque. Vibrate gently in one place.
  • Avoid back and forth "sawing" motion.
  • Contrary to popular belief, brushing properly is much more important than your toothbrush's brand!
  • Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste. Do not swallow any toothpaste.

 

  • If brushing is not possible after eating, be sure to at least rinse your mouth well with water until you can brush. Carrying a travel toothbrush can be helpful when brushing away from home.
  • A good way to tell if you are brushing correctly is if your braces look clean and shiny and you can see the edges of the brackets clearly.
  • Your toothbrush will wear out quicker than usual so be sure to replace it when the bristles start to fray.

  • Inspect your teeth and braces carefully to make sure they are spotless. Look closely in a well-lighted mirror. This is a good time to check for loose or broken brackets. If you find a problem, contact our office to see if it needs to be checked by Dr and if time needs to be scheduled to get it repaired.


Brushing considerations in orthodontic patients




Selection criteria for orthodontic toothbrushes

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.


bi bevel toothbrush for orthodontic patients




electric toothbrush

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.





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