Keeping your braces in working order takes some work, but in the end you will be glad you made the effort. When you take the proper steps to care for them, your braces will continue working to give you a smile you will love to show off! We’ve all heard brushing advice from our parents or care-takers: “Brush your teeth every day! Brush after every meal! Brush, brush, brush!” But there are some more advanced methods you can now utilize to keep away stains and infection, and ensure a cleaner smile with braces.
The wires and brackets of your braces prove to be great traps for food and plaque, which set the stage for gingivitis (swollen gums). While a regular toothbrush may work, an interdental or proxabrush is amazingly effective in clearing food and plaque from between teeth and braces. Using these additional tools will give your braces and teeth a more thorough cleaning. Keeping your teeth and braces clean and free of debris helps you achieve the best smile possible.
General Tips For Brushing Your Teeth Properly With Braces:
- Brush for 2-3 minutes, about the length of your favorite song
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months or whenever bristles fray
- Utilize Interdental or Proxabrush to clean your teeth and braces more effectively
- Be sure to utilize a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging your braces or hurting your gum tissue
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
About Stork Orthodontics
Specializing in Metal Braces, Damon Braces, Invisalign &
Orthodontic Treatment In West Des Moines, Iowa
West Des Moines’ 5-star rated Orthodontist, Dr. Stork of Stork Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including metal braces, Invisalign, and Damon® clear braces. Contact us today for a free consultation for braces at our West Des Moines, Iowa (IA) orthodontics office for braces.
West Des Moines, IA Orthodontics Office For Braces
4090 Westown Pkwy, Suite 101
West Des Moines, IA 50266