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Oral hygiene is extremely important when you have braces. If you don’t properly care for your smile and appliance, the food particles and plaque will get trapped in the spaces between your teeth and the metal. When this happens, tooth decay easily forms and your smile is vulnerable to gum disease. So, to help you care for and properly brush your teeth, we suggest doing the following:

Prepare to brush: Before you begin brushing, remove the elastics and any other removable section of your appliance.

Clean your braces: Start your oral hygiene routine by using your brush to clean your braces. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and clean around the wires and pins of your appliance.

Brush your teeth: After your appliance is clean, clean each tooth individually. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and clean the junction between the wire and gums. Move your brush in a circular motion with gentle pressure and scrub the food and plaque away! Do this for about 10 seconds and then clean the other sections of your tooth as well as the other teeth in your mouth.

After you’ve brushed your teeth, it’s also strongly recommended to floss and rinse. Flossing might be a little difficult with braces, but it’s extremely important and it’s easier than you might think. For specific instructions on flossing with braces, ask you orthodontist during your next appointment. Rinsing is also very important if you want a strong and healthy smile. Once a day, sip a small amount of mouthwash into your mouth and swish it for 30-40 seconds, or however long the label on the bottle suggests. When the time is up, spit the liquid into the sink.

By the time you’re done with your hygiene routine, your smile and appliance should sparkle and feel completely clean. To learn more about oral hygiene and braces, call 914.472.9595 now!