It’s really important to maintain your braces because they tend to trap plaque bacteria, which could lead to a bunch of complications you definitely want to avoid. Here are some tips to make sure you look after your braces properly.

Brushing and flossing

A must for eliminating plaque bacteria. Before you prepare to clean your braces, take off all elastic and removable parts. Before starting to clean them, hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to effectively clean around the wires and pins. Your brush stroke should be top to bottom. Don’t rush, take your time.

When you brush your teeth, angle the brush at a 45 degree angle once again. Apply gentle pressure (we don’t want bleeding gums) and rotate the brush in a circular motion. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Floss at least once a day and never forget to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouth rinse.

Don’t neglect your orthodontist

During your treatment, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist regularly for adjustments to your braces. After your visit, it’s normal to experience a small amount of discomfort or pain. If it’s way too intense or if it continues to linger, then you need to pay a follow up visit because it means that something might be wrong with your braces. If your braces break or are damaged in any way, however small, bring it to your orthodontist’s attention immediately, without waiting for your scheduled visit.

It’s also really important to keep visiting your general dentist (even while undergoing orthodontic treatment). This will help protect you from spot cavities or signs of gum disease.

Research oral products

Don’t blindly agree with what your orthodontist suggests (do some independent research to be on the safe side).  Don’t blindly believe hashtags about growing trends. And, for the love of all things holy, don’t listen to any advice a professional wouldn’t agree to. There are loads of oral care products out there and the more you research, the easier it will be to know what’s valid and what’s hokum. Check your sources carefully and don’t take any decisions without consulting your doctor.