Braces can help bring your teeth into alignment, which can give you a smile that people may notice and appreciate. As with many nice things, they are rewarded after some effort has been applied. Some of this effort may have to be directed towards brushing and flossing, but the benefits can make it all worthwhile. The following may have to be adapted to your particular case, but they can give you an idea of what to expect.
The braces may have elastics on them that help with alignment process. However, a toothbrush may snag them, which can cause them to pull on the braces and mess them up a bit. They may need to be adjusted or removed before you start brushing.
Brushing can go as normal, except for the following things. You may need brush the brackets of the braces, both the tops and the bottoms, to make sure plaque does not set up shop there. The gum line and the gaps between teeth may require special attention, so you may have to concentrate some brushing on them. As you keep this up, you can send plaque to its rightful place, which is down the sink drain.
Flossing can present a more interesting challenge. Regular dental floss is going to be really difficult to get through the braces, but other tools can get the task done. Our dentist, Dr. Rebecca Payne, can help you figure out which one will work best. We will use water flossers as examples, because they can shoot gentle streams of water past the brackets to evict plaque from between your teeth.
While they can take a little longer, these steps can help you keep your braces clean and allow them to give you the more perfect-looking smile you may have been wanting. To see if braces are right for you, feel free to contact us at Northshore Orthodontics. Our office can be found in Mandeville, Louisiana. Call 985-626-0160 now, and we will be happy to answer your questions or set up a consultation for you!