Tips On How To Properly Care For Your Metal Braces

Brushing Basics

 

Brushing is one of the most important aspects of wearing braces. Plaque can easily become trapped inside and around them, so the following steps will guarantee that you get into all those hard-to-reach places.

  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums
  • Brush from the top and bottom of each wire
  • Don’t rush! It’s easy to miss certain areas if you’re in a hurry.
  • Clean each tooth individually; apply gentle pressure as you move in a circular motion for approximately 10 seconds.
  • Use this same brushing action on all outer and inner tooth surfaces, tilting the brush as needed to better reach the insides of smaller front teeth.
  • Don’t forget to floss; your orthodontist can show you how as the process can be a bit tricky, or you can invest in flossing products designed for braces and orthodontics.

Brushing is as important now that you have braces as it was before they were installed, if not more so!

 

Stick To Your Appointments

Now that you’re a boss of the brushing basics, there is one more vital thing you must do: make it to all of your scheduled orthodontic and dentist appointments. The orthodontist will be able to adjust your braces and tell you if your brushing techniques are getting the job done and provide extra guidance if needed. Both are essential if you want to have a healthy and happy smile throughout (and after) your braces journey.

 

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