Rinse the mouth vigorously with water after each meal. This is how you first remove the leftovers and then put fixed braces. Chewing gum also promotes saliva production and helps to clean teeth.
2. YOUR NEW COMPANION
Ideal: a medium-hard, short-headed toothbrush. Now you brush with circular or shaking movements between the brackets and the gums.
3. NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE BRACKETS!
Brush them all around first, then on top. To do this, place the toothbrush at an angle above the brackets. This will give you easy access to the brackets and under the wire. Then start at an angle at the bottom. Toothbrushes with a particularly narrow bristle field or a single-tuft brush make cleaning around the brackets easier.
4. DON’T FORGET YOUR TEETH!
Now you brush the chewing and inner surfaces of the teeth.
5. SENSITIVE SPOTS
Now use an interdental or single tuft brush. This will help you get between ligaments, brackets, arches, and between the teeth even better.
6. BEFORE GOING TO BED
Use fluff floss or thin interdental brushes as well. In this way, you can also clean the particularly hard-to-reach spaces. It’s even easier with soft or easy picks.
7. TOOTHPASTE WITH FLUORIDE
To harden the enamel and make it more resistant to tooth decay, choose toothpaste with 1,450 ppm fluoride.
8. JELLIES AND MOUTHWASHES
Jellies containing fluoride also protect against tooth decay. Use them once a week. Or: Use a fluoride mouthwash twice a day. It offers good additional protection and also works against plaque and inflamed gums.
9. YOUR DENTIST AND YOU: A TEAM
Check-ups with your dentist or orthodontist are important! On the one hand, he checks whether the braces are still in place. Incorrectly adjusted brackets can trigger unwanted tooth movements. The same applies if, for example, a bracket loosens or the arches loosen. It is best to see a doctor immediately for a repair. On the other hand, oral hygiene is also checked. If there is a plaque on your teeth, a prophylaxis assistant will remove it and give you tips on how to effectively clean your teeth at home.
10. FORGOT THE CHECK-UP APPOINTMENT? ATTENTION!
The health insurance company will remind you of any missed check-up appointments. Two reminder letters are the maximum. Thereafter, the health fund no longer pays back the co-payment.