Cleaning Your Teeth When You Have Braces

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Getting braces is an important investment in your future oral health. When your teeth are in proper alignment, you can eat and speak more effectively, and your teeth will not strike one another at improper angles, which will preserve your tooth enamel.


But spending all that money and all that time on orthodontics will not do much good if you don’t keep up on your brushing and flossing. In fact, because your braces can trap food particles and hide plaque, you need to take even more time than you normally would to keep your teeth clean.


You may have heard that you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss at least once a day. When you have braces, you need to take some more time and care. With braces, you should brush and floss after every meal and snack. And, don’t rush through it, take it slow, brushing one or two teeth at a time.  Start by brushing at your gumline. Then, start with your upper teeth and brush from the gums to the top of your brackets, and then brush the bottoms. For the bottom teeth, brush from the gums up to the bottom of the brackets, and then the tops of the brackets, Then, brush along the wire. Flossing is very important when you wear braces. But, you may find it frustrating to try to manipulate the floss around your dental work. You should talk to your dentists about using a floss threader, water flosser or floss pick,


If it is time for you or someone in your family to get braces, our orthodontist, Dr. Robert Montoya will be happy to meet with you! If you live in the Keller, Texas, area and would like to schedule an appointment, call 817-427-2237 today. We look forward to seeing your smile!