4 tips for braces care

4 tips for braces care

Having braces is no excuse to slack on dental hygiene! Follow these tips and tricks to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your orthodontic treatment.

1. Brush carefully

Don’t let food get trapped in your braces. Use a soft- bristled brush to remove debris from your teeth, brackets, and wires. If your current toothbrush isn’t doing the job, consider getting an orthodontic toothbrush. With V-shaped bristles, these toothbrushes are designed to fit around braces.

2. Brush in between your brackets

Use an interdental toothbrush to clean the spaces between the metal and your teeth.

3. Don’t forget to floss

Floss under the wires of your braces.

Flossing every day is especially important when you’ve got braces. Having trouble getting the floss under the wires? Just use a floss threader with regular floss, or buy special stiff-tipped floss made for braces wearers.

4. Stay on top of your appointments

Make sure to visit your orthodontist for regular follow-ups. You’ll also want to make appointments with your regular dentist for cleanings and exams. Some dentists will ask your orthodontist to remove the wires before a cleaning, while others will clean around them.

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Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!


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