Hygiene Tips for Braces and Invisalign

Hygiene Tips for Braces and Invisalign
Posted on 03/01/2021
Whether you're wearing Invisalign or traditional braces, it important that you practice good oral hygiene so your orthodontic treatment is not derailed due to problems like tooth decay or gum disease.

If you have metal or ceramic braces that are cemented to your teeth, you need to spend more time brushing and flossing because there are more places for food debris and bacteria to hide.

Here's our tips for making sure you maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces:

Use the Right Tools

In order to do a great job of brushing and flossing, you need to have the right tools to get the job done. We recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and a floss threader. Another helpful tool to use is an interdental brush that looks like a small Christmas tree. This type of brush makes it easy to get under orthodontic wires and around your brackets.

Fine-Tune Brushing

You should be spending at least two minutes carefully and thoroughly brushing your teeth after meals and before bedtime when you are wearing braces. You should hold your toothbrush with the bristles toward your gum line and make small circular motions to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth and around your braces. And do not forget to use the rounded tip of the top of the toothbrush to brush the inside surfaces of your upper and lower teeth.

Get An Oral Hygiene Kit

For those times you know you will not be home for several hours, take along a small zippered pouch containing your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. This way, instead of skipping your oral hygiene routine after eating, you can simply step into the nearest bathroom to brush and floss your teeth.

See Your Dentist Regularly!

Even though you are seeing an orthodontist while wearing braces, you still have to see your family dentist regularly for routine exams and professional cleanings. Your dentist and hygienist can spot problems developing on your teeth which you may not even notice. If there is a problem, it can be dealt with right away before it has the opportunity to worsen. They can also offer some tips for cleaning those areas in your mouth you may have trouble reaching.

Contact Us Today!

If you have any questions about your treatment or need more oral hygiene tips, contact us! We have five offices to best serve you and your family - Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, Chelsea, and Taylor.  Request an appointment today to get started.