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How do I care for my braces?

Wednesday - October 21st, 2020

Braces can trap food and bacteria in a variety of places and cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. That’s why it’s important for patients with braces to be very diligent about their oral hygiene. Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal and snack with fluoride toothpaste. Clean the gum-line first using a gentle circular motion by holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums. Next, brush the brackets by firmly pressing your toothbrush against them. Make sure to brush around the brackets, wires, and under the wires as well. You can clean the chewing surfaces by moving the brush back and forth. Remember to floss your teeth when wearing braces. After flossing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to reach places your toothbrush can’t. We understand, it’s easy to forget regular check-ups and cleanings with your hygienist since you’ll be visiting the dental office often. It’s important that your dentist and orthodontist work closely together to ensure your oral hygiene stays on track during your orthodontic treatment