Brushing with Braces and How Ora-3D Can Ease the Process!

Brushing with Braces and How Ora-3D Can Ease the Process!

How should you brush with braces?

 

Authored by Minahil Syed

 

Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to correct the alignment of crooked teeth or an uneven jaw. Although braces are a common operation amongst the ages 8–14 and young adults, many don’t consider how oral care changes following their operation!

 

Taking care of your teeth post-braces is really different compared to how you would brush and floss beforehand! While wearing braces, there are more places for food particles to become trapped in or around. Meaning that you should be prepared to take longer in your morning and night routine than you did previously. Those considering the operation may find themselves wondering what aftercare will encompass, so, let’s break it down!

 

Brushing With Braces

 

  1. Before your brush, rinse your mouth with water to loosen any crumbs or food stuck in your mouth!
  2. Remove elastics, dental wax, or removable parts of your orthodontic appliances.
  3. Clean around the wires and brackets, moving from top to bottom — and carefully behind the wire if possible! Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gumline.
  4. Place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling downwards to brush atop each. Be sure to clean each tooth!
  5. Similarly, place the toothbrush under the brackets, then angling upwards to brush below.
  6. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash, and check for any food particles caught in the arch wire or between teeth.
  7. Use waxed floss to clean around your braces and between your teeth. Slowly thread the floss through two teeth and gently move it up and down.
  8. If your floss doesn’t seem to be working effectively, consider buying an inter-dental brush; the small size and flexibility of the brush will reach between every bracket!

 

Choose the Correct Toothbrush!

 

You might think that a toothbrush with soft bristles won’t be as effective when brushing your teeth, especially when you have to remove food particles and plaque from your braces. However, gentler brushes, usually those with silicone bristles allow you to apply less pressure and cover a larger surface area due to the wider and flatter brush face! The correct brush will also allow you to naturally apply the dentist recommended brushing technique without struggle.

 

This technique is often referred to as the Guided BASS technique. It involves holding your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gumline and moving it back and forth across each tooth. You then then brush under the gum and across the bottom of your lower teeth. If you want the cleanest teeth you can possibly get, the ORA-3D brush head is your greatest tool! The brush is inbuilt with a 45-degree angle so it basically mimics the technique. It also combines a multi material bristle, meaning that you can receive double the effectiveness — from both nylon and silicone bristles!

 

 

Make It a Routine and Ask for Help!

Knowing how to properly brush your teeth when you have braces is extremely important if you want to avoid cavities, plaque, or tartar buildup. If you have any more questions concerning your teeth-brushing routine while wearing braces, consider asking your dentist for advice during your following visit!

 

Authored by Minahil Syed

 

References

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  5. “About ORA.” Ora-3D. Accessed August 21, 2022. https://www.ora-3d.com/pages/about-us-2.
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