3 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Braces Clean

When you first get your braces on, you will realize what a new world it is when it comes to keeping your teeth and braces clean. Thankfully, you will be able to figure out the most effective methods for brushing and flossing your teeth to get them clean as time goes on and with the help of your orthodontist. There are also other things that you can do to ensure that your teeth and braces are always as clean as possible. This article will discuss three tips that can help with this. 

Brush After Every Meal

One of the best yet simplest things that you can do to keep your teeth and braces as clean as possible is to brush them after each meal. This immediately gets the food out of your teeth and stops you from walking around with unsightly food in your teeth and braces all day long. This can also stop bacteria from forming and causing infections in your gums and prevent cavities from forming between your teeth. In order to make it easier for you to brush after each meal, you can carry around a portable toothbrush with you. This will make it easy for you to whip the toothbrush out and give your teeth a good brushing no matter where you are. 

Use a Water-Powered Flosser

When you have braces, flossing your teeth with regular dental floss can be an incredibly time-consuming and difficult thing. Trying to thread the floss under and around all of your wires can sometimes get difficult, and this is especially true if your teeth are close together. Another great method for flossing that is much easier and very effective is to use a water-powered flosser. This is a tool that shoots out pressured water on your teeth and allows you to clean between each of them. A water-powered flosser is going to be a small investment, but the time it can save you as well as its effectiveness can be well worth the cost. 

Use a Proxy Brush for Hard-to-Reach Areas

If you notice some areas between your teeth and up by your gums that you just can't seem to get as clean as you would like with your braces on, then you can use a proxy brush to clean these areas. A proxy brush is a very small type of toothbrush that has a triangular head full of small cleansing bristles. This makes it effective not only for getting into tight spaces but also for effectively removing whatever is stuck in these spaces. 

For more information, talk to a professional such as Braces Inc.