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Taking Care Of Your New Smile

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during ortho- dontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease could also benefit from seeing a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Taking extra care to keep your teeth clean will ensure that, when the braces come off, your straight teeth will look and feel great.

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes are also acceptable.

  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.

  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.

  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth. Floss your teeth at least once a day.

  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.