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Dental Hygiene While Wearing Braces

Having braces makes you more susceptible to swollen gums and cavities—which is why dental hygiene is vital for healthy teeth and getting your braces removed on schedule: so take action!

Orthodontic Dental Hygiene Tips:

Check Your Smile: It’s helpful to keep a small mirror handy when you’re out and about so you can check to make sure you don’t have food in your teeth.

Use Floss Threaders: Floss threaders allow you to feed the floss underneath your wires, (similar to sewing motions) so you can eliminate food debris in between your teeth. This is the most important step in cavity prevention while undergoing orthodontic treatment.


Invest in an Automatic Toothbrush: An automatic toothbrush with soft bristles is best for braces because the bristle rotation allows you to clean your brackets, underneath your wires and around your hardware. If the bristles start to look worn, replace your brush head (generally, brush heads should be changed every 3 months). Brush after each meal to remove food debris.

Keep in mind: Brushing with harder pressure while wearing braces does not mean your mouth is cleaner–let the angle of the automatic toothbrush do the work for you. To avoid traumatizing your gums, don’t “saw” your teeth with backward and forward motions—instead, systematically start on one side and slowly move to the other until you've thoroughly cleaned all the surfaces.



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