Keeping up with your dental care routine while you have braces is important. The following are tips for cleaning braces safely and effectively. If you would like to meet with our WNY orthodontists to discuss any questions or concerns that you have regarding cleaning your braces, please give our office a call right away to set up a free consultation.
Brushing Tips for Cleaning Braces
You might assume that, because you have already known how to brush your teeth before you got braces, you will be just fine now that you have them. You need to be extra diligent about how well you clean your teeth.
You should still hold your toothbrush at an angle when you brush your teeth, however, you need to brush the tops and bottoms of your brackets. You need to make sure that all sides of your brackets are free of food residue. When you miss spots while brushing, you are at risk of having plaque and tartar build-up which can cause decay to your teeth.
Flossing Tips for Cleaning Braces
If you are worried about keeping up with flossing while you have braces, know that you have options. Using traditional floss can be challenging. You might be worried about it getting caught up on your brackets or not being able to do a thorough enough job.
Fortunately, you can use special flossing tools that go in between and under your brackets. This is going to offer you the ability to reach difficult spots.
You can also purchase a water flosser. This eliminates the obstacles of using floss that can get stuck or not be able to reach difficult spots. This can give you a good clean without the hassle.
However, waxed dental floss remains the best option.
Call Our WNY Orthodontists Today
If you need more information about cleaning braces, please give our office a call right away to set up a free consultation. We would also be happy to help you get you on our schedule to set up a professional cleaning. Call our office today.
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