How to keep your teeth healthy wearing fixed braces?
Everyone wants to have nicely arranged white teeth and a beautiful smile, which causes patients to opt for orthodontic treatment, i.e. to choose the orthodontic fixed device. Does that fixed device have an impact on teeth going bad? The main reason for tooth decay while wearing fixed braces is improper oral hygiene rather than the braces themselves. Then, how do we maintain oral hygiene while wearing a fixed orthodontic device?
Firstly, we should choose an appropriate toothbrush with soft bristles aimed for use by patients with fixed braces. Making round movements with gentle pressure, you should brush all surfaces of the tooth, including the bracket, the surface under the wire arch, and especially paying attention to the neck of the tooth where dental plaque is most commonly formed from food. Brushing should last 3-5 minutes, at least three times a day, but most ideally after each meal. In case we are unable to brush the teeth, we should thoroughly rinse them with water in order to remove the remains of food.
Cleaning with dental floss can seem like an impossible mission, but we should give it a try. If you don’t know how to do it, we will explain it at your visit to our dental office. Flossing should be performed at least once a day.
CLEANING WITH AN INTERDENTAL BRUSH
Using interdental brushes while wearing fixed dental braces is very important. Those little brushes are designed to reach under the orthodontic arch and remove plaque and food around the brackets and the elastic bands completely.
PROBLEMS OCCURING DUE TO BAD HYGIENE
Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of orthodontic treatment. Without good oral hygiene, food gets stuck around the brackets, dental plaque accumulates, which can later cause tooth decay and dental cavitations. If plenty of plaque accumulates around the brackets, they can leave stains when the brackets are removed, meaning that those stains are decalcified places staying the whole life, and potentially cause later tooth decay. Not removing the plaque can lead to edema – swelling of the gums, bleeding, redness. In the further stadium, with accumulating of minerals from the saliva, over the plaque emerges tartar, whereas in the final stadium all these local factors influence the production of deep periodontal pockets.
Because of all this BRUSH YOUR TEETH WELL!
Dr. Katerina Verusheska