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Protect Your Investment: How To Clean Dental Braces April 16, 2018

Protect Your Investment: How To Clean Dental Braces

All orthodontic patients must know how to clean dental braces, regardless of age. Orthodontic care is a serious investment of a family's time and finances. By learning about proper orthodontic home care in advance, patients will be prepared for the time commitment necessary to maintain oral health during and following orthodontic care.

What Gets Caught around Dental Braces

Each type of orthodontic hardware, including wires, bands, brackets, expanders, springs, elastics and screws, poses its own unique challenges for the patient when it comes to cleaning. All this hardware provides additional surfaces for food debris, plaque biofilm and acids to adhere and collect in these areas of the mouth that are very difficult to clean, as explained on Dental Associates.

The tiny germs first find an effective place to hide around orthodontic hardware and between teeth, growing into larger colonies of plaque biofilm. As readily available food particles are digested by the germ colonies, the plaque biofilm masses process the food debris. Acid is the by-product of this germ digestion process. These acids etch around the brackets and bands, creating the white chalky orthodontic spots often shown to patients before they pursue dental braces. The good news is that these spots can be prevented if a patient is taught how to clean dental braces properly.

Cleaning Dental Braces at Home

The proper removal of food debris, biofilm and acids from around the dental braces will protect the teeth and gums from being affected by oral care diseases. Patients must be reminded before the placement of orthodontics that a higher level of at-home care will help decrease the incidence of tooth decay. Specialized equipment is recommended for cleaning teeth with dental braces. The standard tools for cleaning dental braces at home include a high-quality toothbrush, floss/interdental cleaners and an at-home oral irrigation system.

Toothbrushing: Whether manual or electric, a toothbrush with soft bristles and a compact head is best for cleaning teeth with dental braces. Always remember to remove elastics before brushing so hooks and wires are not disturbed.

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