Dental Hygiene with Braces

Dental Hygiene with Braces
Posted on 12/10/2023

Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics wants to help every patient feel confident about their smiles. When you come to us for East Orlando braces, we'll also go over what you must do to care for them and practice good dental hygiene. Once you have braces, you need to know how to maintain and take care of them with the right dental hygiene tips.

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Floss Daily

Don't assume you can skip flossing when you get your braces. No matter which of the types of braces you pick with help from an East Orlando orthodontist, you need to floss after every meal. Move the floss thread under your archwire and gently move it back and forth before you slide the floss under the wire.

Brush Several Times a Day

Though it may take some time before you feel comfortable brushing around your braces, do not skip this step. Hold the brush at an angle so the bristles touch your teeth. Brush the top of your teeth above the braces and then focus on the exposed areas below the brackets. It's helpful to brush your tongue at the same time. Aim to brush your teeth three times a day or after each meal.

Get Rid of Plaque

Plaque builds up on your teeth and contains bacteria that break down your teeth and impact your braces. This buildup of plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease. While brushing and flossing help, you'll also want to rinse with mouthwash and watch what you eat. Avoiding certain foods is also important because it prevents damage to your braces.

What Foods Should You Avoid?

When you come to us for East Orlando braces, we ensure you know what foods to avoid eating with your new braces. They include sticky foods like gum and certain candies. Hard foods are also dangerous because they can break the braces. Avoid nuts, popcorn, and ice. Once you get your braces removed, you can indulge in all of your favorite foods again.

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Master Your New Braces

Getting new braces means that you need to make a few changes to your daily routine. It's worth it though because of how great your smile will look when you finally get them off. Those changes include rinsing, brushing, flossing, and watching what you need. Call to schedule an appointment with us today to see how an East Orlando orthodontist can help you pick the best braces based on your goals and wishes.

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