Take care at home
When wearing braces to clean the mouth, not only to pay attention to teeth and gums, but also pay attention to brackets and wires.
Here are 10 easy steps to keep your teeth, gums and braces in shape:
If your orthodontist has been equipped with an elastic band, remove it before brushing your teeth.
Fluoride toothpaste and soft and compact toothbrush, the toothbrush and gum at a 45 degree angle. Gently brush your gums along the gum line at the gums’ intersection and use a small circular motion on each tooth.
Before moving on to the next tooth, spend about 10 seconds on each tooth and brush your teeth in the pattern you set so that you will not miss any teeth.
Gently brushing braces. Press firmly on the toothbrush so that the bristles extend into the gap between the wire and the tooth. Brush around all brackets and wires. Make sure you brush the wire down. Battery-powered brushes may help.
Brush the medial and lateral surfaces of the tooth with a slight circular motion on each tooth.
Brush the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth.
For chewing surfaces, use back and forth movement.
Spit out the excess paste, and then carefully examine the mirror on the teeth and braces to check if they are clean and shiny.
Change your rubber band as recommended by your orthodontist.
After brushing, rinse with fluoride mouthwash (eg Colgate® Phos-Flur®) for 1 minute to prevent tooth decay and white spots.
Use other oral care products such as the PreviDent® 5000 Booster (1.1% Sodium Fluoride) prescribed by your dental professional.
Fluoride and oral care products
There is a need to prevent tooth decay throughout life. However, keeping your teeth clean is much more difficult when you wear braces. This may result in accumulation of more than a normal amount of plaque, which may lead to holes.
Using fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily after meals or daily is one of the most effective ways to help you stay non-decaying. Fluoride enables teeth to better counteract the acid that is produced after the diet and to replace the minerals lost during the initial tooth decay.
Colgate®Peroxyl®, Colgate®PreviDent®, Colgate®Orabase® Because your risk of tooth decay may be higher when wearing braces, your orthodontist may issue additional fluorochemical products to provide additional protection such as PreviDent ® 5000 Booster ™ 1.1% Sodium Fluoride).
PreviDent® 5000 Booster ™ offers over 4.5X fluoride protection over daily over-the-counter toothpaste. It can help repair the early root cavity, so they do not become a bigger problem
Your orthodontist or hygienist may recommend the use of special cleaning aids such as dental brushes or flossers – yes, you can and should floss when wearing braces! Ask your orthodontist or hygienist to show it to you. They may also recommend oral preservatives such as Colgate®Peroxyl® or oral painkillers such as Colgate®Orabase® to clean, soothe and treat cuts and bruises caused by wearing braces.