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Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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One of the first questions someone asks after undergoing an orthodontic braces procedure is: how do I brush my teeth?

Many times, the orthodontist will give you detailed instructions, but there are still questions sometimes.

Best ways to brush your teeth with braces

  1. Rinse your mouth with water to more easily dislodge food particles. 
  1. When brushing, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to stimulate gums and remove clumps around the teeth.  
  1. Perform your toothbrushing in a gentle, short, circular motion. 
  1. Avoid pulling on the bracket to avoid damaging it. 
  2. Use dental floss to remove plaque more easily from hard-to-reach places. (If you consider flossing complicated, ask your doctor for the best technique for its use or use an oral irrigator).

What are the best instruments to use when brushing teeth with braces?

There is a myriad of instruments and brushes that are promoted on the market for people with braces. These products save time and effort but keep in mind that they can be an additional expense. 

Traditional toothbrush

For proper cleaning of braces, the toothbrush should be one with a small head and soft bristles. It is important that the toothbrush meets these characteristics, as it will be necessary to reach all areas without damaging the dental braces mechanism or the oral gums.

Interdental brush

These brushes are specifically designed to reach places that are difficult to reach with traditional toothbrushes. These brushes come in different sizes depending on the size of the braces or teeth. These are very convenient to carry with you at all times for any occasion when you need to remove food debris from between the teeth or braces.

Dental floss

One of the best habits for cleaning between the teeth when we start wearing braces is flossing. If you have never flossed for teeth cleaning, it can be difficult to get started. 

Sonic toothbrush

This type of toothbrush is new on the market. It is a toothbrush that vibrates at a speed of 40,000 times per minute. This is a handy way to brush your teeth while you are undergoing braces treatment.

Oral Irrigator

For people who have braces, this is an excellent option. As mentioned, flossing with braces can be difficult, this is an alternative. The oral irrigator covers the functions of the interdental brush and floss, cleaning both the back and front of the teeth.

These tips and different dental cleaning instruments help a lot when you are under orthodontic treatment of dental braces. You can call us at our number 623-469-8815 or by filling out our online form which also includes a free appointment, you can also find us at any of our six locations in Phoenix Downtown, Desert Sky Mall, Avondale, Mesa, Laveen, and Camelback.

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