Teeth cleaning is crucial during orthodontic treatment. When you get braces, you’ll want to brush after every meal and again before bed. This is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. To help you brush when you’re away from home, be sure to bring a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you on the go.

But many patients aren’t aware that they may be brushing incorrectly. Sounds shocking, right? Brushing is such a simple task, so how could you possibly be doing it wrong?

The most common brushing mistake patients make is beginning to brush in the same spot. Starting in the same place every time will cause other parts of your mouth and teeth to get less effort. With time, this may in turn increase cavity build up and tooth decay.

Studies also show that most right-handed individuals start at the upper-left corner of their mouth, and left-handed people start at the upper-right corner. Since effort you put into brushing teeth is higher at the beginning and decreases accordingly as you finish, the last parts of the mouth you clean will suffer.

When you finish brushing, the most common areas cleaned include inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and the back of the teeth. In order to avoid white spots with braces, you need to start brushing on alternate sides. Combining this with two minutes of brushing can ensure all teeth have equal chances of getting cleaned.

For more information on brushing with braces, contact us today!