People who have been fitted with braces will have to be even more committed to good oral health habits. Your orthodontist will discuss this with you in detail.
Braces provide new spaces and places for plaque buildup. Plaque is formed when the sugars and starches combine with the natural bacteria in your mouth. A film of plaque will collect on your teeth and can turn to tartar if left there too long. Plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay.
The best way to avoid plaque and tartar buildup is to brush and floss regularly. If you wear braces it is essential that you keep to a schedule of appointments so that your orthodontist can spot a cavity before it has a chance to progress. It may be necessary to remove the part of the braces around an infected tooth before it can be filled.
There are special devices made for home use that will make taking care of your teeth and your braces easier. A flossing loop for example, can definitely be of help. Your orthodontist may also recommend a prescription toothpaste or mouth rinse.