Be Extra Diligent About Oral Hygiene With Braces
You’ve made a wise choice to improve your smile with braces. Momentum is on your side and now is an excellent opportunity to build a healthy routine for your dental hygiene. Habits you establish today caring for your braces can carry over after being removed and help you for the rest of your life!
Braces present unique challenges when cleaning your teeth, gums, and mouth. These dental appliances make it hard to reach some areas with your toothbrush or floss. On top of that, the braces can make it easier for food matter to get stuck in your mouth. Together, these factors mean it can be easier for plaque to grow from trapped food and that your teeth will require more attention for thorough cleaning.
If not adequately removed by cleaning, plaque can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis (inflamed gums). Because of this risk, it’s especially important to care for your dental health when you have braces.
Helpful tip: The pieces of your braces connected to your teeth are called brackets, and the connecting cables are known as archwires.