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It is very important to keep your teeth healthy and clean, especially while you have braces, and we are happy to help you achieve the smile you deserve with our caring and cleaning tips! Orthodontists today strongly recommend participating in a daily oral hygiene routine, which should include the following steps:

1. Prepare to brush: Before you begin brushing your teeth, take any rubber bands or removable objects out of your mouth.

2. Brush: When you brush your teeth, use a strong and efficient toothbrush that is effective in removing plaque, excess food, and debris. Scrub around the brackets, pins, and wires to ensure a deep cleaning, and make sure to spend at least 10 seconds cleaning each tooth.

3. Floss: Flossing with braces might be a little tricky, and orthodontists completely understand, which is why they generally give you the proper tools, like floss threaders, to do the job. While you are flossing, feed one end of the floss through the space between the wire and the surface of the tooth. Then, gently press the floss between the teeth and free any excess food that may be stuck.

4. Rinse: After you brush and floss your teeth, it is wise to rinse your mouth with fluoride or bacteria-killing mouthwash. Sip a small amount of rinse into your mouth, swish it around for about 40 seconds, and spit it into the sink when the time is up.

It is also recommended that you avoid eating the following foods throughout your orthodontic treatment:

• Nuts
• Popcorn
• Taffy
• Caramel
• Sticky foods
• Apples
• Bagels
• Hard-to-eat foods
• Carrots
• Ice
• Bubble gum
• Pretzels
• Corn on the cob

If you would like to learn more about how to properly care and clean your teeth while you have braces, we encourage you to call our office today. Our orthodontic team looks forward to giving you the strong and dependable oral health you are searching for!