How to Brush Correctly with Braces

Good dental hygiene is always important, especially while in orthodontic treatment. Braces are a wonderful way to correct misaligned teeth and correct a “bad bite” as well as relieve jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders. However, if extra measures are not taken to keep the teeth clean while in treatment, the disadvantages may start to outweigh the advantages of treatment. Brackets and arch wires will collect food. If plaque is left on the teeth for extended periods of time decalcification spots will develop. These bright white spots and the beginning stages of a cavity and are permanent. However, by brushing correctly and adequately a great, beautiful result can be achieved!

Step 1: First off, wet the bristles of your toothbrush and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the brush. Angle the brush so that the bristles are pointing up. Now, starting with your top teeth, place the brush so that the bristles touch the bottom edge of your brackets. Gently wiggle the brush back and forth all the way around, making sure that you get the very back teeth. The bristles of your brush should be getting underneath the archwire and removing trapped food. Do this for about 30 seconds.

Step 2:Now you want to keep the bristles at the same angle and brush your bottom teeth. Repeat the same method and make sure that while brushing the lower teeth that you are gently massaging your gums as you remove plaque and food. Continue all the way around with the brush still angled up.

Step 3: Next you will continue brushing the facial surfaces of you teeth, but now with the bristles angled down. Start back with the top teeth and wiggle the bristles gently about the brackets. Make sure that you gently massage the gums of your top teeth while you are brushing. Continue all the way around and then do the same for the bottom teeth.

Step 4: Now you can take your brush and point the bristles straight on, as you would normally brush, and go all around the top and bottom teeth. Move the bristles in slow, small cirles.

Step 5: Once you have brushed around all of the braces, you can finish by brushing the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth as you normally would. Make sure to hold the brush in a light grip so that you do not brush too hard. Also be sure to pay special attention to your back teeth. They are a bit more difficult to keep clean because they are harder to reach.

Step 6: When you are finished, rinse thoroughly with water and don’t forget to brush your tongue! Always inspect your teeth in a mirror when you are finished to make sure you did a good job. It should take a good 3-4 minutes each time you brush.

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Invisalign vs Braces

Traditional braces are metal wires and brackets (both metal and clear) that are bonded to the teeth. The brackets are not removable. Brackets can cause soreness and irritation to the inside of the lips, cheeks and tongue. There are limitations on what patients can eat or chew while in traditional braces (popcorn, chips, gum) these types of foods can loosen brackets and damage wires. Brushing, flossing and overall good oral hygiene are a challenge especially in school age children due to non compliance.

In the other hand, Invisalign is a series of specially designed clear custom fit trays. Because they are clear the teeth can be straightened with out anyone even knowing you are wearing braces. They can be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss maintaining excellent oral hygiene. But it comes with other certain limitations. i.e. is not successful in all cases.

Let’s be clear: If you have a screw, you need screwdriver.   But if you have a nail, you need a hammer.

The 4 Primary Differences between Invisalign and Braces capabilities:

1.  Invisalign cannot predictably control any changes in back tooth bite relationships. In fact, it can really cause back tooth bite problems if you try to move the back teeth and fall short of your goals. Braces can control back tooth bite relationships readily.

2.  Invisalign cannot predictably rotate cylindrical teeth (such as canines and premolars) because it lacks predictable “friction grip”, but invisalign can readily rotate angular teeth, such as incisors, because this does not require grip….it only requires point force at a distance away from the center of the tooth.  Example:  USING 1 finger from EACH hand, try to turn a drinking glass that is cylindrical versus one that has 4 sides.  With the cylindrical glass, you will need to try to squeeze your fingers toward each other (producing friction grip) to rotate the cylindrical glass.  With the 4 sided glass, you only need to apply forces in opposite directions at the square corners of the glass….no friction grip needed.  That is why Invisalign cannot rotate cylindrical objects predictably.  Braces, on the other hand, are glued to teeth, and therefore have absolute friction, and can thereby rotate any tooth.  Voila!

3.  Invisalign cannot predictably accomplish uprighting root movements: I don’t know how to effectively communicate that in text.  It would require a picture.  Braces accomplish this readily.

4.  Invisalign cannot predictably accomplish vertical movements, as the aligner is designed to release in the vertical plane of space.  Braces accomplish this readily.

To conclude, it appears Invisalign is more efficient for patients that do not need Bite correction, rotation of cylindrical teeth, root uprighting, or vertical tooth movements.

It is highly unlikely that Invisalign company does not know these limits.  As such, they have produced “buttons” (glued onto teeth like braces) that are meant to “improve” these weaknesses.

If you think you need orthodontic treatment, please consult with an orthodontist first before making any decision. Offices of Abar Orthodontics in Pinole and Oakland serves East Bay and we have patients from all over the State, because of the quality of Dr. Abar’s work. We have patients coming all the way from Southern California to visit Dr. Abar.

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