Braces are an excellent way to correct problems with the alignment of your teeth and can leave you with a beautifully straight smile. But the last thing you’ll want to happen is get more oral hygiene problem when you are wearing your brace. The problem is that, with all those wires and brackets, food debris can easily hide and not be removed properly.
That’s why it is even more important that your teeth are cleaned properly when you are wearing a fixed brace. If food debris and plaque are allowed to remain on your teeth then they can start to decay as cavities form. Your teeth will become more sensitive and you may require fillings.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day as you would anyway but with braces it is advisable to do so after every time you have consumed food. Electric tooth brushes can be ideal for this situation as they are very efficient and have a rigorous motion to them. You may want to rinse your mouth out too to swill away any food debris that remains.
Choose the right tooth paste too, one that will effectively combat plaque and strengthen your teeth’s enamel. Special dyes are available too which highlight any plaque left in your mouth so you can see how well you are brushing and which areas you need to focus on.
When your City of London dentist fits you with a brace you can ask them all about how best to clean your teeth and they will have plenty more handy hints.