How to clean your teeth during your orthodontic treatment
If you wear braces, then you’ll know that cleaning around and under wires and brackets is extremely hard. You can make it a little easier by adopting a simple 1-2-3 routine: Brush, Clean between teeth, Rinse. Follow our step-by-step guide for some top tips from professionals.
How to brush
- Choose a specially adapted orthodontic toothbrush, such as the GUM® ORTHO Toothbrush.
- Use a short back and forth motion to clean all the tooth surfaces above and below your appliance. Brush along the gumline and the biting surface of the teeth as well.
- As usual, brush for two minutes, two or three times a day.
How to floss
How to clean between the teeth
Use a mouthwash
Why is cleaning so important during my orthodontic treatment?
Keeping your mouth clean during your orthodontic treatment can be more difficult and time-consuming than usual. But if it’s not done properly, it might lead to serious issues, as braces act as a trap for food particles and bacteria.
As you may already know, bacteria are responsible for several oral issues, so if you wear braces you are at risk more than others. These include:
- Dental plaque build-up. This sticky, pale yellow film on the surface of your teeth is made up of bacteria. If not removed, it can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.
- White spots on teeth. When plaques and cavities attack your teeth, the enamel becomes weak and white spots appear – but you will only notice them when your braces are removed.
- Cavities. Cavities are holes in your teeth. Signs include a brown spot on the surface of your tooth or pain in a tooth. They can lead to tooth decay, pain, infection, or even tooth loss.
- Gum inflammation. When plaque accumulates between teeth, you might experience swollen, purple, tender, or bleeding gums. This is called gingivitis and it is the first sign of gum disease.
- Sores and blisters. If a wire brakes or sticks out of a bracket or a band poking your cheek, tongue or gum, painful and uncomfortable sores and blisters can appear and hurt very badly.
Speak to your dentist or orthodontist if you notice any of these symptoms.
Can I use my normal toothbrush during my orthodontic treatment?
You may find that your regular toothbrush just doesn’t quite do the trick when you are wearing an orthodontic appliance.
For a higher level of cleaning, our professionally recommended GUM ORTHO range is adapted to the needs of orthodontic patients.
It includes solutions for toothbrushing, cleaning between teeth and around brackets (with a special floss or interdental brush), rinsing, and pain relief.