Potential Hygiene Issues With Braces

Potential Hygiene Issues With Braces

Posted by Dr. Shirley Zao on Dec 23 2021, 08:59 PM

A healthy straight smile is everyone's dream and it is not far-off. Some may think it is a money-wasting process, but an attractive smile can work wonders for your self-confidence, career, and well-being. Braces may help in getting the beautiful healthy smile that you crave.

Braces are wire-based devices that help to correct overcrowded, crooked, and unaligned teeth. With braces, teeth are correctly positioned and help to improve a person's biting ability. It is very important to follow a strict oral hygiene routine while taking care of braces. 

Importance of Dental Hygiene With Braces

Braces are an effective way to straighten your teeth. But without proper care, the condition may be prone to a higher risk of dental issues. 

Good oral hygiene helps to prevent food particles and plaque from accumulating while wearing braces. While it might be a little challenging to keep oral hygiene with braces, once you get into a routine, it will come naturally to you. 

Potential Issues to Consider While Living With Braces

Mouth Injuries

During any physical activity or sport, a small fall may injure your mouth with braces. It may damage the braces and get out of place and cause injury to the cheeks, tongue, and gums resulting in swelling and bleeding. 

Increased Risk of Tooth Decay

While using braces, a tooth surface that is in close contact with the braces is hard to clean. If we skip good oral hygiene practices, food debris will accumulate resulting in tooth decay and gum diseases.


Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes swollen and bleeding gums. This occurs when plaque develops in the tooth surface due to improper cleaning when braces are used.


If gingivitis is left untreated, it may lead to periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, gums can pull away from the tooth resulting in tooth loss. 

Do Braces Require Extra Potential Hygiene Ways?

Braces are an excellent way for a straight smile. It can be achieved only with our consistent efforts. Follow daily hygiene steps to ensure healthy teeth and gum throughout the treatment process.

  • Brush your teeth carefully between braces and wires
  • Floss between braces and under the wires
  • Use mouthwash to rinse out the food debris 
  • Regularly consult with an orthodontist 
  • Self-check for complications if any

If you face any complications in regards to braces, feel free to consult with our skilled and compassionate dentists in us at 5720 Stoneridge Mall Rd #200, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Call us at (925)-847-8790 to book an appointment.

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