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Did you know brushing while you have braces might be even more important than brushing when you don’t have braces? Well, it’s true! It is extremely important to brush while you have braces, so don’t forget to brush at least twice a day.

To help you properly brush, we are proud to offer the following instructions:

1. Prepare to brush: Take all of the removable sections of your appliance, like elastics, out of your mouth.

2. Clean your braces: Use your brush and clean the brackets, wires, and pins of your braces. This is an important step because it helps remove the plaque and food particles that are stuck in the appliance.

3. Brush your teeth: Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and scrub one tooth at a time. First start by cleaning the top section of the tooth that lies between the wire and your gums. Use a circular motion and brush for about 10 seconds. When the time is up, do the same with the other parts of the tooth. Repeat this process with the other teeth in your smile.

We also strongly recommend flossing your teeth and rinsing your mouth at least once a day, whether it’s in the morning when you wake up or at night before you go to bed. Both tasks will deeply clean your smile and will nourish and strengthen your teeth and gums. This will help prevent many dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease.

While you have braces, your smile is prone to tooth decay because the food particles and plaque gets stuck easily in the appliance. As they sit there, the bacteria begin to destroy and erode your teeth. So, if you’re interested in more tips about oral hygiene and appliance care, call our office now! We look forward to helping you.