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Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Oak Lawn braces careWhen you’re wearing braces, your teeth are more prone to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Having the extra material in your mouth provides fresh surfaces for bacteria and plaque to adhere to, and tricky spots that are difficult for you to clean. For these reasons, oral hygiene is especially crucial during your orthodontic treatment. Feeling intimidated by the prospect of brushing and flossing around wires and brackets? Our guide to cleaning and braces care will offer some helpful tips.

Keeping Your Braces Clean

It’s important that you take a little extra time to clean your braces. While this requires some additional effort, it will be well worth the endeavor. When you get your braces off, you’ll see healthy teeth without discoloration or decay. Take pains with your braces cleaning today to eventually reveal a smile that’s both straight and healthy.

Brushing Your Braces

Your braces are delicate, and should be treated with care. Brush gently but thoroughly. Make sure that you angle your toothbrush to access every side of your brackets and wires. You’ll need to brush for longer than you did before your got your braces on – take the extra time.

How to Floss With Braces

Flossing shouldn’t be neglected because your teeth are less readily accessible. In fact, flossing during orthodontic treatment is key to seeing healthy teeth by the end of the treatment. You may need special floss or a floss threader to reach behind your wires. This flossing with braces guide offers a few more specific tips. Again, take things slowly but carefully to see the best results.

Cleaning Orthodontic Appliances

Retainers, expanders, and headgear demand the same level of attention as braces. Check out this post on appliance care, and don’t forget to clean your orthodontia.

IF you have any questions about your braces care or other aspects of treatment, please contact our Oak Lawn practice.