The Plaque Buster is easy to use around braces


Orthodontic hardware includes wires, bands, brackets, expanders, springs, elastics and screws. All this hardware provide more crevices for food debris, plaque and acids to adhere and collect. Bacteria can easily hide around orthodontic hardware and between teeth and grow into larger colonies of plaque. Food particles are digested by live bacteria, and acid is the bi-product. These acids etch around the brackets and bands, creating white chalky spots on the teeth, which is called a demineralized spot - which eventually remineralizes.

Daily and thorough removal of food debris, biofilm and acids from around braces will protect the teeth and gums from cavities or gum disease. Specialized equipment is recommended for cleaning teeth with braces. The standard tools for cleaning braces at home include a high-quality toothbrush, floss/interdental cleaners *such as The Plaque Buster* and an at-home oral irrigation system.

Toothbrushing:  Remove any elastics before brushing.  Use a power toothbrush with a compact head and soft bristles or a manual brush with a compact head. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line and make small circular strokes, concentrating on one tooth at a time and then sweeping towards the biting surfaces of the teeth. Brush both the top and bottom surfaces of the brackets to remove plaque and food debris. 

Floss/Interdental Cleaners: It's important to note that there are different interproximal cleaning tools that can remove debris from the mouth when you're on the go, such as soft picks, proxybrushes, woven dental floss, superfloss or triangular, interdental picks.  The Plaque Buster is a great tool that can be inserted behind wires, around the gumline, between teeth and around brackets to stimulate the gums and remove plaque.