Wearing Braces? Don’t Skimp on Oral Hygiene

Whether you’re a teen wearing braces for the first time or an adult working on your smile later in life, it’s important to remember that proper dental care is required to maximize the benefits that come from wearing braces. This care includes at-home care routines and regular checkups with your general dentist.

At-Home Care

Brushing your teeth twice a day is part of many people’s at-home dental care routine. However, people with braces need to use a specially designed toothbrush called a proxabrush that will help them reach the small spaces between the wires and their teeth. Your orthodontist will provide you with instructions on how to use this brush correctly.

More frequent brushing may also be called for. In addition to normal morning and evening brushing, people wearing braches should also brush after lunch and snacking. This prevents the buildup of food particles throughout the day.

Other at-home dental care items include:

  • Floss designed for use with braces
  • Anti-cavity toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental wax for braces

Regular Checkups

Braces work by exerting a gentle, constant pressure on teeth until they have moved to their correct position. Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in the correct alignment of teeth. You should work closely with your family’s orthodontist to make sure that regular checkups are kept.

During a checkup, the alignment of the patient’s teeth will be checked. Small adjustments to the tension of the braces may be made at this time. This regular adjustment helps create the optimal tooth positioning in the patient’s mouth. Before long, they will be enjoying a perfect smile and a healthy bite.

Dentists recommend that children visit an orthodontist around age seven to ensure that teeth are growing in correctly. If you are an All-In-One Dental Plan member, you can find an orthodontist near you that accepts our Florida dental plan and schedule your first visit!