The success of orthodontic treatment, be it with Braces, Retainers or Invisalign largely depends on how well the teeth and gum are kept clean of bacteria containing plaque during treatment.
Plaque should be throughly removed from teeth twice a day when you have braces, and more frequent professional cleaning (ideally every 3 months) is also recommended.
“Plaque attaches to braces and teeth, thus causing cavities, swollen gums, bad breath and permanent stain on your teeth,” says Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist, and founder of Oral Essentials, Kourosh Maddahi DDS.
How to Clean your Teeth with Braces?
Brushing with a manual or an electric tooth brush for two minutes is the best way to mechanically removing the plaque. For in between the teeth, flossing is not as easy since there is a wire connecting the teeth together. Use of floss threader to get under the archwires is definitely recommended. Go-betweens can also be helpful in keeping your gums healthy between your teeth while wearing braces. Rinsing with a Sea Salt containing rinse after brushing and flossing can also go a long way in keeping your teeth, gum and other tissues in your mouth clean and healthy. Ask your orthodontist for a recommendation.
The Negative Impact of Poor Oral Hygiene
Of course the main reason you are going through orthodontic treatment is to have straighter teeth and a symmetrical smile. Braces can not damage your teeth, however poor oral hygiene can. Below are some of the potential hygiene issues with braces:
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease accompanied by bleeding, or swollen and puffy gums. It is indicative of the presence of active bacterial activity through accumulation of plaque. Brushing, flossing, gently massaging the gum and rinsing with a sea salt rinse can help alleviate the bleeding rapidly.
Periodontitis: If gingivitis is not treated, the next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. In this stage infection and inflammation in the gums spreads to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. The gums start to pull away and spaces appear between the teeth with pockets around the teeth, which allows for easier accumulation of more plaque.
Decalcification: Sometimes called "white spots" are permanent stain marks around braces. These lines and spots remain on your teeth for life. The best way to avoid them is to have very good oral hygiene habits.
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