When you get braces, your orthodontist will likely explain to you over and over again the importance of keeping your teeth clean. He doesn’t just tell you this because they want you to be miserable: there’s a really, really good reason. Check this video out:
Thoroughly grossed out? Got your attention? Great! Let’s continue.
Although brushing and flossing are really important no matter what, it’s especially important when you’ve got braces because the metal brackets can easily trap food particles, which can result in bacteria literally eating through your teeth.
Yes, you heard that correctly. Eating through your teeth.
By the way, this is a big reason why the orthodontist gives you a list of foods you’re not supposed to eat: some foods, like squishy candies, can get stuck behind the braces, can speed up the tooth decay process. This results in you spending more time at the dentist, as they will very likely have to drill off the parts of your teeth that were rotted by bacteria.
If that doesn’t scare you, you are un-scareable!
But luckily, there’s hope. YouTube braces-having rockstar Alyssa Forever is happy to walk you through how to keep your teeth clean with braces in her very popular video (it’s got almost a million views.) Remember, it’s not just about getting your teeth straight, it’s about keeping them clean and…well, not gross! Follow her advice and you won’t have to worry about those evil bacteria ruining your beautiful smile.
What else is there to say, other than brush, brush, brush! (And brush some more.) You don’t want to end up with a smile worthy of starring in a horror movie!