Cleaning your braces
Anyone can suffer from common dental problems such as plaque, gingivitis and demineralisation at any stage of their life. But when you have braces, you're more susceptible to these issues — which means you'll have to be more diligent about brushing your teeth than usual. So instead of twice a day, it's recommended you brush after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush, to avoid particles of food becoming trapped in your mouth.
Remnants of food, sugar or acidity (such as citrus) facilitate the process of plaque buildup and tooth decay. For people who have braces, cleaning these particles away is particularly important so that they don’t stick around and cause problems like cavities.
If you have Invisalign, you'll be able to remove your aligners when cleaning your teeth — which will make brushing and flossing a lot easier. However, don't forget to clean your aligners thoroughly as well, just as you would your teeth.
Use floss or an interdental toothbrush to access those tricky spots between your teeth and your braces. Interdental toothbrushes, unlike floss, will give you a bit more control because they’re made of a stiff wire — much like a toothpick with a fine bristle on the end. This allows more precise cleaning in hard to reach areas. They are especially useful for dislodging bits of food that may get stuck while eating.
Rinsing your mouth with water (or a saltwater solution) after meals will also help to keep your teeth and braces clean, and neutralise the residual acids that linger after meals.