Regular brushing and flossing are always essential for a healthy, bright smile. However, it’s even more important when you’re undergoing treatment with braces or Invisalign. While Invisalign may make it easier to brush and floss normally, it can still be difficult to keep your teeth clean enough to prevent decay — the most critical part is being consistent with your oral hygiene regimen, regardless of your treatment option. Our orthodontist in South Jordan, UT, explains more below.
Brushing With Braces
Brackets and wires can trap food and debris that lead to tooth decay, so brushing and flossing after every meal are essential for cavity prevention. When you brush, press your toothbrush firmly to spread the bristles into the gaps between your braces and teeth. Make sure to get in and around all of the brackets and wires — a small interdental brush, floss threaders, and a WaterPik can also help with this.
Upkeep for Invisalign
Invisalign offers the benefit of removable trays to make brushing and flossing easier than with traditional braces, however, it’s still critical to maintain great dental hygiene to prevent decay. Make sure that you brush, floss, and rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse (or water) after each meal. It’s also important to clean your trays to wash away particles that get stuck and lead to cavities.
For either treatment method, it’s a good idea to follow some guidelines to reduce the risk of tooth decay, including avoiding sugary soda, sports drinks, and juices. For traditional braces, you should avoid sticky foods like caramel and gum and hard foods like candy, nuts, apples, or carrots.
Always get regular dental checkups and don’t miss any orthodontic appointments. At the end of your treatment, you’ll have a beautiful smile that’s also free of cavities!
Contact our Orthodontist in South Jordan, UT, for More Information About Invisalign
To get in contact with our friendly team at Dansie Orthodontics, call us at 435-222-0153 for our Duchesne office, 801-998-2347 for our Herriman office, or 801-998-2368 for our West Jordan office to learn more!