Meneage Dental the dentist in Helston Cornwall help many of our patients with orthodontics treatment. This can vary from traditional braces to the Six Month Smiles treatment. But a most important factor is keeping your teeth clean, while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
If you are having difficulty maintaining clean teeth, your dentist/orthodontist may show you the proper technique for brushing and flossing your teeth with braces. We do recommend cleaning your teeth after every meal or snack if you wear braces if at all possible and use a fluoride mouthwash to help control the plaque build up in the places that are tough to reach with a toothbrush.
To brush your teeth with braces; brush from the top down and then from the bottom up—to help dislodge any particles that may be stuck in the brackets, there are also specially designed toothbrushes to clean between fixtures. When flossing, use a floss threader or a floss with a stiff end and thread it carefully under the main wire (called the arch wire) between each tooth, then floss carefully between the teeth, and be sure to avoid putting pressure on the arch wire.