Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough
Brushing teeth regularly can be challenging for anyone. Brushing after getting braces can be even more difficult due to the intricacies of working around dental wiring like Invisalign to remove all debris between teeth and under the gumline. The following tips may help.
Ask the orthodontist
Your orthodontist or office staff can provide information on how to safely and comfortably brush your teeth while wearing Invisalign and other dental brace hardware. They can also show you how to clean your teeth correctly with an office demonstration. You don’t have to use rough or hard strokes to brush your teeth. A gentle sweeping motion is usually adequate.
Use the right tools
Get the type of toothbrush recommended for those who wear braces. Often, this is a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles, so it won’t be uncomfortable to use. A special threading floss and the pick will enable you to get into those hard-to-reach crevices. Loosening debris first will make brushing easier.
Set a timer
Keep an eye on the clock when you brush. Many orthodontists recommend brushing for two minutes, but see what your specialist suggests. Make sure to brush long enough each time or you could leave behind bacteria and food particles that can lead to decay.
Brush after eating
It’s a good idea to brush your teeth after every meal or snack. This helps to prevent the buildup of food debris that can be harder to reach the next time you brush. Food that lingers in the mouth can eventually calcify into the plaque on the teeth, leading to cavities over time.
Contact McDermott Orthodontics to Learn More About Treatment for Adults
In Minnesota, you can visit McDermott Orthodontics to learn more about the orthodontic treatments that are designed for adults. Dr. Michael McDermott offers services to patients living in these areas:
• Delano – 763-972-4444
• Pequot Lake – 218-568-5600
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Baxter – 218-829-1630
At McDermott Orthodontics, our patients can receive treatment with these orthodontic devices:
• Damon system – self-ligating devices
• Clear devices – made with clear brackets
• Invisalign aligners – suitable for adults
• Ceramic devices – made with color-matching brackets
With our top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment, we can determine how to improve the positions of your teeth with a few months or several years of orthodontic treatment. To learn more about orthodontic braces, schedule an appointment today.
Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”
708 Elm Ave. E.
Dr. Mike McDermott is an orthodontic specialist in Brainerd, Baxter and Delano MN.