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Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Brushing and flossing to most people is just a simple part of a complete oral hygiene routine, although if you have braces, brushing and flossing can be a bit more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Brushing and flossing, even with braces, is essential to ensuring that your teeth stay healthy and will look beautiful when the braces finally come off.

Follow these basic tips for brushing and flossing with braces to ensure that you have a healthy, shining and beautiful smile for life.

First, Get Ready

When you first begin your oral hygiene routine, make sure you get off to a good start. To begin, remove elastics and any other removable parts of your orthodontics.

Start with the Braces

To do it right, start the brushing process with your braces themselves. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to make sure you can get into all the nooks and crannies of your braces, from the top to the bottom of each wire and all around the pins. Look carefully after you’ve finished to make sure that all of the food and plaque is removed from around your braces themselves.

Move On to Your Pearly Whites

Now that your braces are sparkling, it’s time to move on to your teeth. Be sure to clean all surfaces of each tooth (front, back, the edges and the biting surface) and be sure to be careful around sore spots on your gums.

Don’t Forget to Floss!

Having braces doesn’t give you a free pass to skip flossing–in fact, it’s all the more important! To floss your teeth when you have braces, use special floss made especially for flossing around braces. If you have questions, be sure to ask your dentist or orthodontist to show you how. Flossing is a crucial step in your oral hygiene routine, and will help you to keep your smile healthy and beautiful when those braces finally come off.

Rinse and Repeat if Needed

Rinse your teeth after you’re done and check each tooth and your braces in the mirror. Make sure that you have gotten all of the food and plaque from the day off of  your teeth. If you see any extra food or plaque stuck on your braces or teeth, simply brush or floss that area again until it is clean.

And that’s it! Remember, your dentist is always there to answer questions about how to take care of your teeth, and will have all kinds of tips and tricks for brushing and flossing with braces. 

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