The squares come from the area of your teeth with braces that stay whiter while the area around them becomes stained and yellow from not brushing properly.
Not a good look! 🙁
Apparently I didn’t listen because I ended up with the squares on my teeth anyway. They were very faint and probably only noticeable by me, but they bothered me for years.
Fortunately, thanks to my Sonicare toothbrush, I was able to naturally whiten my teeth over time and the squares disappeared. But why go through that if you don’t have to?
Well, here are some tips to prevent staining when you have braces.
Get The Proper Toothbrush for Braces
First, ask your orthodontist for suggestions. It’s been so long since I had braces I honestly don’t remember if mine gave me any recommendations. But I do know that I never changed toothbrushes.
So if I had to do it all over again I’d start by asking the doc first.
Many orthodontists will recommend an orthodontic brush. These toothbrushes have V-cut bristles to help get through the wires so you get a better clean. Or you may be instructed to use a proxy brush (it sort of looks like a Christmas tree).
The kind of brush that’s best for you will depend on the kinds of braces you have. That’s why it’s good to talk to your orthodontist first.
From what I’ve read, Oral B seems to make the best toothbrushes for braces and have the most positive reviews.
How to Clean Your Teeth
First of all, you want to brush after every meal. What a pain, I know, but your teeth will thank you in the long run.
Tip: Wait at least 30 minutes after eating because brushing your teeth too soon after consuming acidic foods can cause you to brush the acid right into your enamel.
Before you brush, swish some mouthwash around your mouth to loosen up any food particles.
Add toothpaste to your brush and as you bring the toothbrush to your mouth, use your tongue to move the paste to your teeth to prevent it from falling off when hitting the wires of your braces.
Brush for at least two minutes. If you don’t typically brush that long, it can seem like an eternity but most people don’t brush nearly long enough. And when you have braces, you need to give yourself extra time.
Rinse with mouthwash again to remove any remaining particles that might still be in/on your teeth or braces.
1) Minimize sugar as much as you can. Sugar causes plaque to build up a lot more quickly and that’s the last thing you want if you have braces.
Also, when you drink sugary drinks like soda or juice use a straw.
2) Be careful with electronic toothbrushes. If your gums are already tender from braces or tightening, these may be uncomfortable for you.
3) Avoid whitening products. They may break down the cement on your braces. Plus, since part of your teeth are covered, you may end up whitening your teeth unevenly.
You don’t want to have yellowish squares on your teeth when the braces are removed.