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Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and Flossing with Braces: Essential Oral Hygiene Practices

Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes even more important when you have braces. Regular brushing and flossing will help keep your braces clean and maintain optimal oral health. Discover the proper techniques for brushing and flossing with braces to ensure a successful and healthy orthodontic journey.

How to Brush Your Teeth with Braces:
Step-by-Step Guide

To effectively clean your teeth with braces, follow these step-by-step instructions:

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Angle Your Toothbrush

Hold your toothbrush at a straight angle and use circular, vibrating motions to brush your teeth. This will help dislodge any food particles and plaque.

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Clean the Area Between the Gums and Braces

Pay special attention to the area between the gums and the braces. Angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently clean along the gumline.

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Reach Behind the Front Teeth

Use the tip of your toothbrush to clean behind your front teeth where the braces are attached. This area is often overlooked but is prone to plaque buildup.

How to Floss with Braces:
Step-by-Step Guide

Flossing is crucial for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth and around your braces. Follow these steps to floss effectively with braces:

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Use a Floss Threader

A floss threader is a helpful tool that allows you to thread floss under the archwire. Insert one end of the floss into the threader and then carefully pass it under the archwire.

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Clean Between the Teeth

Once the floss is under the archwire, gently move it up and down between your teeth. Be thorough but gentle to avoid damaging your wires.

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Consider an Interdental Toothbrush

An interdental toothbrush, such as a Proxabrush, can also be useful for cleaning around brackets and wires. Use it gently to remove any remaining debris and plaque.

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Are you ready to transform your smile? Make an appointment with Dr. Allen at Allen Orthodontics to see what is the right treatment option for you. Our experienced team will evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals, and provide personalized recommendations. Start your journey towards a beautiful smile today!

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