Brushing with Braces – Don’t Let it Get You Down

We know proper at-home dental care is important, but when you add braces to the mix, things can get more complicated. How do you brush your teeth with braces?

First of all, know that you’ll need to invest time in brushing your teeth when you have braces. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, twice a day. Two minutes is longer than you think! A timer can be helpful here: set it for one minute for the top teeth, and then one minute for the bottom teeth. smile with braces

When you brush, make sure to hit each section of your teeth twice, once from the top and again from the bottom. Angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the brackets each time, so you brush as much of the tooth surface as possible. Use short strokes. An electric toothbrush is a great choice for braces. Look for models specifically designed for braces, and ask your dentist or orthodontist for recommendations if you’re unsure.

Don’t forget to floss! Braces are likely to catch food particles, so don’t skip this step. A waterpik will help you efficiently and gently clean between teeth and brackets. Waterpiks are easier, quicker, and more effective than floss, so they’re a great investment for braces!

Good brushing and flossing are crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment and the health of your teeth afterward. If you’re not careful, your orthodontist may have to remove your braces to let your teeth and gums heal. If that happens, you’ll have to start all over again. Don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA for information, resources, and regular in-office cleanings!

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