February 11, 2018
Lingual braces are an amazing orthodontic treatment because they offer all the same advantages of traditional braces without many of the drawbacks — like the “metal mouth” stigma. Of course, for your journey to a straighter smile to be a success, you’ll need to be diligent about caring for your pearly whites while they’re on their way to their proper places. That’s why we’re here to offer some tips on how to keep your mouth clean and fresh while you’re wearing your hidden braces.
Have an Excellent Oral Hygiene Routine at Home
It’s an unfortunate truth that people who wear braces are more prone to plaque and tartar accumulation than others. However, if you’re diligent about cleaning your teeth, you should be able to avoid decay and keep your chompers in great shape. Be sure you:
- Brush for two minutes at least twice a day. Remember to go over all your teeth’s exposed surfaces with your toothbrush, including the backs where the braces are.
- Use a soft, round-bristle toothbrush to clean the area around the gum line.
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing is a bit trickier with braces because you’ll have to thread the string beneath the main wire, but floss threaders can help with this. Once you get the hang of this part of your routine, it won’t seem like such a hassle.
- Use an oral irrigation device (water flosser). This will help get rid of any debris that is stuck around the braces.
- Rinse with a fluoride-containing mouthwash to fortify your teeth and kill bacteria.
When you get your braces, your orthodontist or someone on their staff will coach you about how to clean your teeth. Be sure to listen carefully and follow their advice. Your teeth will thank you!
Visit Your Dentist Frequently
With adult braces, you’ll have an appointment about once a month to get the wire tightened. However, these frequent trips to a dental office don’t mean that you can neglect other types of appointments, like regular cleanings and checkups.
It’s recommended that adults visit their dentist at least twice a year for a routine exam and cleaning, and braces don’t make you an exception to the rule. Having a hygienist clean around your braces can remove plaque and tartar that you may have missed during your own efforts. Dental professionals have the tools and training necessary to maneuver around the hardware in your mouth. The friendly folks in the dentist’s office might even be able to give you some extra advice on how to keep your mouth clean.
A straighter smile is just around the corner for you! While you’re waiting for your teeth to get where they belong, though, it’s important that you take steps to keep your mouth clean and prevent decay.
About the Dentist
Dr. Michael Curtis has been practicing dentistry for over three decades. He is dedicated to the oral health of his patients, which is why he offers lingual braces as well as all the services you need to maintain a clean mouth during your orthodontic treatment. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you care for your teeth, please contact us at 203-372-4296.
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