It's always easy to care for your braces and maintain good oral health. Brackets, wires, and bands aren't very susceptible to staining, but plaque and bacteria can build up around the brackets and teeth. Plaque and bacteria can cause cavities and gum disease.
Plaque is a type of bacteria that forms on your teeth, and it needs to be removed by brushing with a toothbrush and flossing daily. If you fail to remove plaque regularly from under your braces, your teeth and gums can become irritated and painful. When plaque builds up under braces, it can cause irritation to the gums as well as the brackets themselves. This can lead to demineralization and decay underneath your braces. This is why you have to make sure you clean your braces properly. If you don't, it could lead to cavities that will require fillings or crowns to restore your smile back to its healthy state.
Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and causes decay and cavities. When you wear braces, you are more susceptible to plaque buildup.
It's extremely important to practice good oral hygiene habits when wearing braces to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing with braces can be tricky. There are specific techniques and tools you must use to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy while wearing braces. It's also important to frequently visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups. Untreated periodontal disease causes bone loss, which can loosen the archwire or move a tooth out of alignment. Retainers are also at risk of becoming stained if not properly cleaned.
At-home oral care is particularly important when you are wearing braces. As we celebrate Oral Health Month in June, here are some helpful tips for brushing with braces: