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If you or a family member is undergoing, or will soon undergo orthodontic treatment, read today’s blog for the best way to keep your appliances clean and ensure your teeth stay clean and healthy.

Every orthodontic patient should know how to keep braces clean, to protect their investment and their oral health. Learn about the proper way of cleaning your braces, so they don’t interfere with your dental health. Our dental team at Orthocare Systems Orthodontics, can answer any questions you may have, as well, so don’t hesitate to call us at 314-739-8888.

Food and Debris that Get Caught in and Around Braces

The many different components of braces have its own unique challenges, to stay clean and free of food particles. Springs, elastics, screws, springs, expanders, brackets, bands, and wires provide the perfect storm for food debris, plaque, and acids, in which to bond to your teeth. This makes it quite difficult to clean. The very small germs find a place to hide around hardware and between teeth, which then allows bacteria to flourish and grow. The by-product of the germ-digestion process are acids, which can etch around the bands and brackets.

Brace Hygiene at Home

The right toothbrush, no matter if its manual or electric, is very important for the care of braces. When you choose a toothbrush consisting of soft bristles and a compact head, this is ideal for cleaning braces. Always remember to remove elastics before brushing, so as not to disturb hooks and wires. Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line, and then swipe across the teeth and then upward, toward the biting surfaces of the teeth.

Brush the top and bottom surfaces of the brackets and then the front of the brackets and wires, as well. You may hold back your lip with one hand, while you brush the bracket areas with the other hand.

Visit your orthodontist for regular checkups, and allow Dr. E. Glenn Glassman to examine your braces. Contact us for any questions about braces in St. Louis, Missouri.