Maintaining your oral hygiene is very important while undergoing orthodontic treatment as food particles can become stuck within your appliance. Braces may impede your ability to properly brush or floss the plaque off your teeth. Brushing and flossing following each meal can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and plaque build-up.
Suggestions for Oral Care During Orthodontic Treatment:
- An interdental toothbrush may help you clean in between your teeth while wearing braces.
- Rinsing with the proper antibacterial mouthwash can reduce inflammation in your gums and cheeks and may decrease possible irritation from your braces. Antibacterial mouthwash is a supplement to brushing, not a replacement.
- Many patients feel a Waterpik is very helpful in orthodontic appliances clean. This is also a supplement to brushing and flossing, not a replacement.
Cleaning Your Retainer
Bacteria and plaque can build up on your retainer, therefore it is important to remove the appliance and rinse, immerse, or brush it on a daily basis. There are several different approaches you can use to keep your retainer clean including using brushing, denture-cleaning tablets, vinegar, baking soda, and mouthwash. We do not recommend brushing your retainers with toothpaste as it is abrasive and can damage the retainers over time.