If you have clear braces, your orthodontist will most likely provide you options when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. Clear braces are made out of porcelain instead of conventional metal braces. Since the ceramic brackets will blend into the color of your teeth, you should maintain them to keep them clean and white. Here are the following tips that can help you in cleaning.
1. Brush your teeth not just twice but thrice
If you have clear braces, you should not be contented with brushing your teeth in the morning and evening only. You should brush it at least thrice a day to make sure that each clear bracket is clean and free from food debris. If you’re going to drink beverages, especially black coffee or soda, you should also brush your teeth right after. For those who have enough budget, having an electric toothbrush is handy and can prevent your teeth from discoloration.
2. Avoid foods that stain your teeth
In decreasing the chances of staining your teeth, you must avoid foods that are known for teeth staining such as coffee, sodas, alcohol, and foods with artificial coloring such as junk foods. As what we’ve mentioned above, if it’s inevitable for you to consume these kinds of foods, make sure that you have your toothbrush ready to clean your brackets and teeth right away.
3. Have professional cleaning of brackets
It is important that you have your clear brackets cleaned by a professional. You can do it at least twice a year. Make sure that you go to the same dentist who installed your brackets because they know how to clean them well compared to other dentists.
4. Don’t forget to floss!
Flossing helps a lot when it comes to removing food debris that is stuck in your teeth and braces. Brushing your teeth cannot remove all the food that remains, so make sure that you floss at least once a day. It also helps you to avoid severe teeth discoloration and gingivitis in the process.
5. Always rinse your mouth with a mouthwash
We highly recommend that you rinse your mouth using mouthwash every time you are done eating or drinking colored beverages. Choose a mouthwash that is concentrated on killing all the germs in your mouth to get rid of the bacterias that can otherwise lead to serious dental problems.
6. Buy the prescribed cleaning products only
As much as possible, you should not buy any whitening products over the counter. If you wish to have a proper cleaning product for your teeth and braces, make sure that you’re going to talk to your dentist about it. He will prescribe you the appropriate cleaning product to use.
Now that you know how to clean your clear braces, rest assured that you are more confident with your smile than anybody else. Having braces means you need to pay more attention to taking care of your mouth because once you neglect a dental problem and it deteriorates, it can lead to a more serious dental problem and of course, more expensive treatment.