Dr. Aszkler will do a great job correcting your smile, but it is up to you to keep the rest of your mouth healthy, so your new smile will last a lifetime! Brushing and flossing regularly with braces takes a little extra effort, but in the end when your braces come off, you'll realize it was worth it! Plaque is sticky, and made of food, saliva, and a ton of bacteria. Plaque needs to be removed several times a day, and when you have braces it is even more important to remove it. The brackets, and wires, create many hiding spots for plaque to hide. When plaque attaches to these areas, the results are: bad breath, cavities, swollen gums, and permanent stains on teeth. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. Try carrying a travel toothbrush with you to school. If you don't have time to brush at school, its important to at least swish some water around in your mouth after eating. Remember to floss at least once a day! After you floss, you should brush your teeth and braces thoroughly until they are shiny and clean. Decalcifications, sometimes called “white spots,” are permanent stain marks around your braces on your teeth. Lines and spots from decalcification remain on your teeth for life. The best way to avoid them is to not let them develop, and the way to do that is make sure you brush, brush, brush!
Another VERY important thing to remember while you have braces (and always!) is to see your dentist regularly, at least every six months. Your dentist and dental hygienist will make sure that your mouth and teeth are in tip top shape! They will also be able to answer any questions you may have regarding brushing, flossing, using mouth rinses, and be able to give you more tips for cleaning hard to reach braces.