How To Clean Orthodontic Appliances

It is essential to clean your orthodontic appliances daily. If not removed, plaque and bacteria will accumulate on the wires and brackets, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The following are some tips on how to clean your orthodontic appliances.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste 

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush all surfaces of your teeth and around your appliances. Be sure to brush under the wires where food particles tend to collect. After brushing, spit out the toothpaste but do not rinse, as this will help keep fluoride on your teeth.

Interdental Brush

An interdental brush has a small head with tapered bristles that easily clean around wires and brackets. Use an interdental brush once daily after you have brushed your teeth with toothpaste. Gently insert the interdental brush between your teeth and slide back and forth to remove plaque and bacteria. Rinse the bristles after each use and replace the brush every 3-4 months or when the bristles begin to wear down.

Cleaning Tablets

Cleaning tablets are another way to clean your braces effectively. Simply drop a tablet into a cup of water, let it dissolve, and then soak your orthodontic appliance in the solution for 5 minutes. Make sure you rinse your appliance thoroughly with water afterwards before putting it back in your mouth. You can use cleaning tablets once daily or as directed by your orthodontist. 

It is essential to clean your orthodontic appliances daily in order to prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. The best way to clean your appliances is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste, an interdental brush, and cleaning tablets. Remember to rinse your appliance thoroughly with water after using any cleaning solution.

Keep Your Orthodontic Appliances Clean And Healthy

As anyone who has ever had braces or other orthodontic appliances can attest, keeping them clean can be a daunting task. However, it is important to keep your appliances clean in order to avoid gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

Rinse after eating

This may seem like an obvious one, but it bears repeating. After every meal or snack, be sure to rinse your mouth and appliance with water. This will help remove any food particles that may be stuck in your appliance or teeth. If you are unable to brush your teeth after eating, at least give your mouth a good rinse before putting your appliance back in.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

When brushing your teeth, be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you don’t damage your gums or appliance. A toothbrush with harder bristles can cause hemorrhaging of the gums, which can lead to infection. 

Be gentle when brushing

Brushing too hard can also damage your gums and appliance. Be gentle when brushing your teeth and appliance, and brush in a circular motion. 

Use dental picks and floss threaders

Dental picks and floss threaders are great tools for getting rid of food particles that are stuck in hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Be sure to use these tools gently so as not to damage your gum tissue. 

Cleanse with alcohol-free mouthwash

You should also rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash after brushing your teeth to help kill any bacteria that may be lingering in your mouth. Mouthwash can also help freshen your breath. 

Visit the dentist regularly

Finally, be sure to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. They will be able to identify any problems that you may not be able to see or feel and address them quickly before they become bigger issues. 

By following these simple tips, you can keep your orthodontic appliances clean and avoid gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. With a little effort, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout treatment.