bracesBraces give patients the ability to turn a crooked and dingy smile, into a smile that’s straight and star worthy. If you have braces or if you are planning on getting braces, you might be a bit concerned about how you can properly care for your teeth while wearing braces. From whitening options to cleaning your braces, this article will discuss the most effective ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Water Flosser

Flossing your teeth when you have braces can seem like something out of a horror movie. Not only can it seem impossible to get dental floss in between your teeth but it can also be hard to maneuver the floss around your mouth. That’s where water flossers come into play. Water flossers use pressurized water to clean in between your teeth and massage your gums at the same time. Because food can easily get trapped in between your teeth and brackets after eating, a water flosser will save you both time at home and time at the dentist’s office as well.

Brush Regularly

If you weren’t an avid tooth brusher before you got braces on, now is the time to change your habits. Braces are the perfect place to harbor germs and plaque that could eventually lead to cavities if left untreated. However, by brushing your teeth on a regular basis you can help to get rid of this type of bacteria and prevent your mouth from getting any sort of tooth decay or other oral problems.

Don’t Be Afraid to Whiten

When some patients go to get their braces off, there is a distinct contrast in tooth coloration between where the brackets were and where they weren’t. Because the brackets are essentially protecting your teeth from discoloration, the surrounding part of your teeth can easily become stained from things like foods and beverages. To ensure that your teeth remain one color and that they don’t get stained, make sure to use a whitening toothpaste every day. Whitening toothpastes are ideal for patients who want to rid their mouths of surface stains while not causing any sort of harsh abrasions to the enamel.

If you are interested in learning more about braces or how to properly care for them, contact Dr. Scott Tamura’s office today!