Traditional braces and other orthodontic appliances can be difficult to clean around, which often causes patients to neglect their dental hygiene. However, it’s very important to maintain clean teeth with braces. Because braces create many hard-to-reach areas inside your mouth, your teeth become susceptible to cavities, decay, and staining.
At West Village Dental, we know the importance of keeping teeth clean throughout your orthodontic treatment, and we want to share that knowledge with our patients so you can avoid cavities and other dental problems. Your oral health is always important to maintain and when braces are a factor, a thorough dental hygiene routine becomes essential. Let Dr. Chris Mei and his friendly staff fill you in on the importance of maintaining clean teeth with braces.
Keep Them Clean
Though brushing and flossing do become difficult tasks in the presence of braces, there are plenty of ways you can keep your teeth clean throughout treatment. Regular brushing and flossing are, of course, encouraged, but there are a few other dental tools you can utilize to make the process easier. Take a look below:
- Spiral Brushes: Also referred to as proxy brushes, spiral brushes are designed to clean in between the brackets and underneath the wires of your braces. These are perfect for cleaning out food debris that your toothbrush may not be able to reach.
- Floss Threaders: Flossing is already a difficult task. With braces, this task becomes harder to complete. Floss threaders allow you to feed dental floss through your appliances to make the process that easier.
- Water Flossers: An effective alternative to dental floss, water flossers use a pressurized stream of water to flush out plaque and food debris from the gaps between your teeth.
Protect Your Braces and Avoid These Foods
While there’s a variety of foods you must avoid to protect your braces from damage, many of these foods also pose a threat to the health of your teeth. Food and harmful acids can remain on your teeth longer with braces, which allows them to wear down tooth enamel and stain teeth. The foods and beverages to follow may present harm to your teeth, so it’s best to avoid them throughout treatment.
- Sticky Foods: Taffy, caramel, gummies, etc.
- Acidic Drinks: Soda, coffee, citrus fruit juices, and sports drinks
- Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits, lemons, oranges, and more
Let West Village Dental Help
Like we said, Dr. Chris Mei and his helpful staff know how critical it is to maintain clean teeth with braces. Be sure you have clean teeth throughout your entire orthodontic treatment and have Dr. Mei thoroughly clean your teeth. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and view our list of services here.