It's not easy task to clean the teeth while wearing an appliance. The food particles tend to get stuck between the brackets, wires, and teeth and if your kid was used to brushing only twice a day in the past, she now has to brush within a few minutes after every meal and every snack!
True, this is asking for too much, especially from a young one, but knowing the rules of dental hygiene would prove to be beneficial in the long run.
To help your child have an easier time with oral care, purchase a handy kit for cleaning braces. This is a small pouch in which she can keep all the paraphernalia she would need for cleaning the teeth:
Angled toothbrush. Some kits include a special toothbrush, one that's specifically designed for brace-wearers, but any durable, angled toothbrush will do. The handle needs to be angled to facilitate reaching in to the corners that ordinary toothbrushes can not reach.
The head should not be too big, and the bristles should be in a V-shape – that is, The outer bristles must be taller than the bristles in the center. This makes it more appropriate for brushing with braces.
Denticator dental picks. These are small toothpick-like plastic implements that are used to dislodge food from between the braces and the teeth. They are handy in places that toothbrushes could not get to.
Threader flosses. The person wearing clear invisalign braces should floss now more than ever. However, with braces, you will not be able to floss under the wire, between teeth. The perfect solution is a floss threader which are small plastic loops used to thread the floss under the brace's wire to get between the teeth. It's also important to use waxed instead of unwaxed floss because the latter could shred when caught in the brackets or the metal wires.
Dental wax. These are available in boxes of several strips and are very useful but inexpensive. Wak is used to create a cushion between the metal and the soft tissues of the cheek. Occasionally, wires become disengaged which may cause mouth sores. You can not always rush to your orthodontist to have it fixed, so it's important to carry dental wax around with you.
Travel Toothpaste and mouthwash. Of course, the kit for cleaning braces needs to include a small tube of toothpaste. Do not forget to throw in a bottle of mouthwash for a quick fresh fix.
Small mirror. Do not leave anything to chance – carry a small mirror at all times! You'll never know when bits of celery may remain stuck between the wires. If possible, bring a dentist's mirror to view even the far corners of the mouth.
These important items should be placed in a small waterproof case, handy enough to be placed in a purse. Dentakit, a ready-to-use kit for cleaning braces, can be bought over the Internet. Its case measures 10 x 15 cm and is encased in a sleek and classy container small enough to be bought anywhere.