Braces: How Do You Brush?

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Have you recently gotten braces? Doing so may alter how you care for your smile. You will still need to brush and floss your teeth, perhaps even more frequently than before, but you may have to adapt your routine slightly. We would like to help you navigate these changes so that you might maintain your dental health.

Your brackets on your braces create areas where food could get caught in, which can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush with thin bristles to help clean the brackets and wires. You should also keep in mind that toothbrushes could need replacing more frequently when you have braces as they can wear out faster.

If you have any elastics, they may need to be removed before brushing. You can use a 45-degree angle and a gentle back and forth motion of the brush where your gums meet. You should brush the top, front, and bottom of the brackets and the wire with enough pressure that the bristles may push gently against them. When your teeth have been brushed, you can rinse your mouth, check for remaining food particles and replace your elastics.

For more advice on brushing with braces in Modesto, California, or if you want to make an appointment with Dr. Ronald Champion, please give us a call at 209-575-5888. Champion Orthodontics wants to help you have a bright and beautiful smile for years to come.