Dental braces also known as braces, orthodontic cases, or cases are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s jaw, while also working to improve dental health.

Taking Care of your Braces

You should be prepared for the fact that taking care of your teeth will be more difficult once you get braces. Braces have countless tiny spaces to trap food, and this trapped food causes plaque, which can lead to many other dental problems. Because of this it is important to brush your teeth after every meal to rinse with mouthwash, and to floss at least once a day. This may seem tedious or excessive, but neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to serious oral health problems, force you to spend additional time in braces, or cause unsightly staining on your teeth, the extra responsibility needed to care for braces properly is something that both you and your child should be prepared for.
Having braces is no excuse to slack on dental care and hygiene. A couple of steps should be followed for your braces care and they include:
Brush carefully- Use a soft-bristled brush to remove debris from your teeth, brackets and wire.
Brush in between your brackets.
Do not forget to floss as it is able to get under the wires.
Stay on top of your dentist’s appointments.

Importance of Good Hygiene for People with Braces

Proper oral care is not just about making your teeth look pretty. It is key to avoiding common dental problems like gingivitis, tartar and demineralization. Because thorough oral hygiene is more difficult with braces, braces wearers. These dental problems are unpleasant enough on their own, but if left untreated they can also turn into more serious oral health issues. Plus, they can prolong your time in braces. In severe cases of gum disease or other oral health problems, the orthodontist may even have to remove your braces, wait for your gums and mouth to heal and then reapply them.

The right way to clean your braces

It is very important to brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day, and to brush for at least 2 minutes every time. Brushing with a regular manual toothbrush can leave a great deal of plaque behind, so using a power toothbrush is highly recommended.
Here is the right way on how to brush with braces:
Hold the brush parallel to the floor against the side of your teeth, guide the power brush head from tooth to tooth, following the natural curve of your teeth and gums.

Hold the brush in place on each tooth for a few seconds before moving on to the next tooth. With the electric brush, you do not have to press hard or scrub. Just let the brush do all the work for you.
Do not forget to brush the insides of teeth, the tops of the teeth, and the back of your mouth behind your back molars
Clean brackets by arguing the brush head against them. Make sure the brush also cleans under the wires.