Braces can be a pain to wash, especially since you can’t take them off whenever you want to. Because they’re made of wires, braces are a magnet for pesky food particles and other unmentionables. As a result, some people with braces might find a gross line of film and decay once their braces come off, especially if they haven’t kept up with their oral hygiene. But how do you clean your braces effectively?
Well, it depends on your budget. You could say there are two options: there’s the cheap yet slightly inconvenient route, and there’s the pricey but easy route. The first option involves slogging with good oral hygiene, while the other makes use of fancy gadgets. Both get the job done.
Regardless of what option you choose, however, you might be wondering where’s the best place to start. Fortunately, you can clean your braces effectively with this handy guide:
If you’re looking for something quick and pricey, get the right gear
We’re lucky to be living in an era of technological innovation. And nothing proves the point further than today’s most popular dental gadgets.
While they may come at a hefty price, those with the extra money to spend might find it worth the investment. And for those with disabilities—physical or otherwise—they not only help you with your brace problems but also enhance your overall oral hygiene routine.
There are many options in the market now, but here are some suggestions:
- Electric toothbrush. Once you get braces, your oral care routine becomes noticeably longer. There are more nooks and crannies to tend to. And, sometimes, you might get some toothbrush bristles stuck within the wires, let alone, have trouble maneuvering those brittles to the right spots. Fortunately, with an electric toothbrush, this doesn’t have to be the case. Just put your electric toothbrush on its lowest setting, and let it do the work for you.
- Water flosser. While wearing braces, you might find yourself on the lookout for something that’s both convenient yet effective. Fortunately, the water flosser is just that. Unlike typical floss, you’re less likely to add more to what’s stuck between your wires with a water flosser. And because you can adjust the jet stream, reaching those tight crevices become more accessible (and more effective).
If you’re looking for something slow but cheap, persistence is key
Of course, not everyone has the deep pockets needed to purchase fancy equipment (a vast majority, actually.) But while the cheap-and-traditional route might not be as convenient, it does pay off equally well. Once you get past the hard work of it, that is.
How, then, could you clean your braces effectively with good oral hygiene? Try these out:
- Thoroughly brush your teeth with a thin-bristled toothbrush. You can never go wrong with soft, thin bristles, especially if you have braces. They’re not only soft enough to steer clear of brace damage but narrow enough to get into those hard-to-reach spots. Brush both your wires and teeth for maximum effectiveness.
- Waxed dental floss is your best friend. Yes, you’ll still need to floss—unless you want that icky bacterial build-up, that is. In this case, opt for waxed dental floss to prevent it from snagging on the wires. Thread them under the wires before you floss between your teeth, and you should be good to go.
- Mouthwash makes it easier. Getting braces is a totally valid reason for getting yourself some mouthwash. Its liquid state slides perfectly through those crannies. Look for a therapeutic one that claims to help reduce plaque, so you don’t have too much to work with when you floss.