When food is left on teeth and comes in contact with bacteria, it creates acid and "white scars" that are usually permanent and can lead to cavities. This process is called demineralization and people with braces are more prone to it because braces can trap food. Keep up your brushing and flossing to keep your braces clean!
This initial stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, occurs when the tissues around the teeth become inflamed. Sufferers may experience bleeding, tenderness, redness, or swelling and spend more time in braces. Remember to brush and floss to keep your gums healthy.
Not only does plaque combine with sugars to form an acid that is dangerous to teeth and gums, it can also cause tooth decay, gum disease, tartar, and other dental problems. Brushing and flossing after every meal will help rid your mouth of plaque and keep your smile clean.
After only 24 hours, tartar can start to develop. It is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on teeth, cause discoloration and can make it more difficult to remove newly-formed plaque. It can form around the gum line, braces, and other orthodontic appliances. The best way to remove tartar is to brush after every meal and floss every time you brush.
If you develop bad breath only after getting braces it is almost certainly caused by poor oral hygiene. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on food particles left in your mouth after eating, and these bacteria create odor. Brushing after every meal can help eliminate this issue.