Tips for Maintaining Your Braces

young girl with bracesBraces can help not only aesthetically improve your smile but also improve your biting, chewing, and speaking habits. So, it’s important to take good care of your teeth during the time you have your braces so you get the most out of the process! Follow the tips and tricks below to help keep your gums and teeth healthy with braces.

Pay Attention to Your Brushing

Brushing with braces proves more of a challenge because food can more easily get trapped in your teeth, brackets, and wires. So, using softer tooth brush or a specialized orthodontic tooth brush, gently make sure you’re getting in all the crevices that may allow to plaque to build.

Brush In-between Brackets

Even if you’re paying attention to where you’re brushing, it can be very difficult to brush in the spaces in-between your brackets. Using a special interdental toothbrush can help you clean this area more affectively and keep your teeth healthy.

Floss

Only around 50.5% of the population flosses daily, which is something everyone should be doing. Though it can be trickier to floss with braces, it’s still just as important! You can get floss threaders made specifically for this purpose or buy stiff-tipped floss made for braces to make the task simpler.

Go to your Appointments

One of the most important things, of course, is to stay on top of your appointments. Your dentist and orthodontist will be able to monitor the health of your teeth and gums and make any recommendations moving forward.

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