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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog series about maintaining healthy teeth while braces are on. It’s not always easy to know what the best way to clean your teeth is when you have metal brackets and wires on the inside or outside of your teeth. However, with careful consideration, some extra time, and advice from your orthodontist, you should be able to maintain your teeth just as well as you could without braces.

In our last blog, we talked about following instructions from your orthodontist, changing your diet, and flossing. Since your orthodontist has most likely seen hundreds, if not thousands of people get their braces put on and taken off, they’ll be your authority on cleaning and maintenance methods for your braces. Although one way of cleaning may work great another person, it may not work for you depending on the type of braces you have and what your current oral health condition is like. Keep reading to learn more.

Cut bad habits

Although normal chewing won’t affect your braces, bad habits such as nail biting or teeth grinding may lead impeded tooth movement in addition to adding pain to the process. It’s important to cut these habits before you get your braces on so that you don’t have to deal with the consequences later.

Don’t skip appointments

You’ll need to visit the orthodontist regularly while you’re wearing braces. It’s important that you make it to each one of these appointments so your orthodontist can track your progress as well as make sure your teeth are staying healthy during the process. This means not skipping out on your regular dentist visits as well. While you have braces on, you should still visit your dentist twice a year for cleaning and to ensure that you aren’t getting cavities due to an inability to clean around braces.

Make more time for cleaning

Since you have braces in the way, it’s only natural to make more time for cleaning your teeth. Simply scrubbing harder when you brush isn’t enough to do the trick and could actually lead to more problems like wearing down the enamel on your teeth and making you more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.

The solution is to start making more time for cleaning your teeth. Ideally, without braces, you should be brushing at least twice a day. With braces, you can either brush more times throughout the day or simply spend more time each time, making sure to get each crevice and behind every wire. It’s recommended by most orthodontists that you brush at least three times a day, after each meal, so that you prevent food from getting stuck in brackets and damaging your teeth.

If you consumed any acidic foods like citrus fruits, you should wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth. According to the Mayo Clinic, brushing immediately after consuming something acidic will damage enamel and could lead to cavities.

Ask about AcceleDent

Although getting braces is an important step towards achieving the healthiest teeth possible, most people aren’t too enthusiastic about actually wearing them and maintaining them. Although there isn’t much you can do to make the cleaning process easier, you can significantly reduce the amount of time you’ll need to wear braces by using a device called AcceleDent.

AcceleDent is a simple device used to increase the rate of tooth movement in your mouth. It’s a class II FDA-approved device that uses cyclic forces and soft pulse technology to increase the rate of movement of your teeth by 50 percent. The device works with patients who have traditional metal brackets, Invisalign and clear braces. It’s also non-invasive, meaning no surgical procedure is necessary to gain the benefits of it; all it takes is 20 minutes each day.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

Camilo Riano Orthodontics is your premier orthodontics office in San Francisco and the surrounding area. We offer Invisalign, ceramic braces, and lingual braces as well as the revolutionary AcceleDent treatment that will help you get your braces off faster while reducing discomfort. If you’re ready to schedule and appointment, give us a call today.