5 Top Tips For Cleaning Lingual Braces
Lingual braces offer you the ability to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing you have braces. Traditional braces are attached to the front sides of teeth, but lingual braces are attached to the backsides, meaning no one can actually see them.
The invisibility of lingual braces makes them incredibly popular, but it can also make them a little bit trickier to clean. The last things you want when your braces are removed are cavities and spotty teeth. This is why keeping your teeth clean of all food particles and plaque is important to your overall dental health, now and into the future.
Thankfully, there are certain things you can do to help ensure your teeth are properly cleaned around lingual braces. It may take a few weeks to get used to wearing braces, as well as cleaning them, but once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad at all, especially if you have the right tools.
Here we provide the top tips and tools for cleaning your lingual braces.
1. Use A Water Pick
Flossing can be one of the trickier tasks when wearing braces, which is why many patients find improved ease using a water pick, such as the Sonicare AirFloss. It is much easier for patients to clean around their braces with this tool. Many patients find they floss their teeth a lot more using a water pick than traditional floss—a win-win for you and your smile!
2. Keep Piksters Interdental Cleaners On Hand
Interdental cleaners are designed to fit between tight spaces to clean teeth. Floss moves in a straight line, which can leave areas of plaque undisturbed. Using lateral bristles, Piksters can remove plaque more efficiently and only require the use of one hand. Piksters come in a variety of different sizes depending on your specific needs. There are combo packs available to help you find the best size, or sizes, to fit between your lingual braces.
3.Turn To Super Floss
Super Floss makes it easier for you to clean your teeth than traditional floss. Super floss is specially designed to get between braces, bridges, or wide dental gaps using 3 unique components, stiff dental floss threader, spongy floss, and regular floss combined into one.
4. Clean As You Go
If you usually only brush and floss your teeth in the morning or at night, you might want to add a few rounds of cleanings throughout your day. Right after you consume a meal, it’s wise to clean out your teeth and look for any food particles trapped in your braces. Bring a compact mirror with you wherever you go so that you can easily look inside of your teeth and remove debris using floss or a dental pick of some sort. Remember, the less time food has a chance to sit between your teeth and gums, the less chance dental decay has to form; also particles are easier to lodge free.
5. Visit Your Local Orthodontist For Regular Cleanings
No matter how diligently you clean your teeth while wearing lingual braces, there is always the chance for plaque and debris to build up undetected. Visiting your local orthodontist for regular cleanings will help pinpoint and remove this plaque before it has a chance to build up and cause harm.
Your orthodontist will also guide you step-by-step through the cleaning process so that you are familiar with how to move your hands and get behind your teeth to clean. With a little work and dedication your teeth will remain healthy and happy while your lingual braces invisibly straighten your teeth.
Are you interested in getting lingual braces applied? At 360 Orthodontics we work one on one with our patients to find the best orthodontic methods. Make an appointment today to find out if lingual braces are right for you.