Cleaning your Braces
Dental braces create many places for food to get trapped and plaque to accumulate around teeth. It is therefore more difficult to keep the teeth clean. VITIS has produced a range of products to help with this sometimes difficult task. By spending a little time, the right technique helped with the right aides the teeth and gums can stay clean and healthy. It is handy to have an additional travel tooth brush and keep it with you when you go out so your teeth can be regularly cleaned. Before cleaning your braces remove any elastics if you have them. When cleaning your teeth start with the tooth brush angled perpendicularly to the teeth and proceed with circular motions, cleaning the teeth and gums. The next step to clean the top and bottom of the braces by angling the tooth brush, first downward and upward, gently brushing them. Brush the chewing surface of the teeth and the inside aspect as you would normally. The order in which you clean is not especially important, but it helps to be systematic to prevent spots being missed. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
The VITIS Orthodontic Access Toothbrush is specialy designed to help clean braces. It has a V shaped bristle arrangement for a dual cleaning effect.
The Interprox PLUS 2G Conical brush is designed to clean hard to reach places such as the sides of each bracket. Move them back and forth and bend them to clean any point in the mouth. They are easy to take with you when you’re on the go, and can remove any food that gets trapped in the braces during the day.
X Floss Lite specialises in braces cleaning. It’s firm nylon fibres prevent fraying and the threader doesn’t buckle. Also its slightly thicker to allow it to still fit into tight spaces but able to pick up more debris. It is able to flatten under tension to result in a better clean.
Threaders work the same way as a needle and thread, to pass the floss effortlessly through the wire gaps. The floss should be looped under the wire and then brought up to gums. There, wrap the floss around the tooth and gently slide the floss back and forwards. Do the same to the neighbouring tooth, then pass it back under the wire. Floss all the teeth in the mouth this way, gaining access by looping it under the wires.
Mouthwashes for people with braces
With excellent cleaning, mouthwashes for braces are not absolutely required but they can be a useful addition if cleaning is compromised. Its best to avoid the mouthwashes with chlorhexidine in them if you are planning to use it for an extended amount of time as this results in staining. Also avoid mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
A Fluoride mouthwash can be used if there is increased risk of tooth decay and would be recommended by your practitioner. If you do use a fluoride mouthwash it is best to use the mouthwash at a different time of day to brushing your teeth. This is because there is fluoride in your toothpaste and mouthwash and by having them separately gives you an additional preventative dose.