If you’re starting your orthodontic journey this year you’ve probably heard of all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to living with braces. It’s important to follow the guidelines to ensure your treatment progresses smoothly. To keep your teeth healthy and your gums happy, your oral hygiene routine becomes an important part of your life in braces. Here are our top 3 ways to keep clean around your braces:
Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are one of the best ways of keeping your teeth clean while having braces. The rapid automatic motions of the brush bristles, either back and forth or in a circular motion, help to remove plaque and debris from around the braces. Be sure to focus above and below each bracket.
Proxy brushes are the little “Christmas tree” shaped, pipe cleaner-like brushes that come in handy for cleaning between your brackets. They are small enough to slip under the wire and next to the bracket, removing any lodged food debris.
Invest in a Water Flosser
A water flosser is a great addition to your oral hygiene routine if you have braces. The high pressured stream of water blasts away food and buildup to clean around the brackets. It also cleans between teeth, where flossing is more difficult.
Keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is important for both your oral health and your smile’s appearance. Once you begin treatment, we will go over all that is needed for your oral hygiene routine so that you can feel confident in the months ahead.
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