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Oral Hygiene And How To Brush With Braces By Top Rated New York Orthodontist

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Obviously oral hygiene is important whether you have braces or not. But there’s a powerful combination of practices that you can learn through having braces that couples excellent oral hygiene with food that isn’t likely to encourage cavities. That makes getting braces an excellent opportunity to improve their eating and dental care habits.

While brushing your teeth twice a day is a good habit to have, you’re forced to step it up a few notches when you get braces. You absolutely have to brush multiple times a day, floss, and your New York orthodontist may even encourage you to use mouthwash to flush out any bacteria that may have been missed.

How To Brush With Braces

Your New York orthodontist will show you how to brush your teeth with braces and give you some tips about tools you can use to get your teeth the cleanest you possibly can, but we can explain the basics of the process here. You can also find demonstration videos online.

You essentially do the same exact thing across the top and bottom rows of teeth, so we’ll explain how to brush the top teeth.

  1. To start, you have to brush above all of the brackets on your teeth in a circular motion to get whatever bacteria might be hiding up there as well as on the top parts of your teeth. Work your way across the tops of the brackets on your top teeth.
  2. Once you’ve brushed the tops of your brackets, it’s time to brush the front of your brackets all the way across the top row of teeth. Again, do this in a circular motion as this is the best way to get all of the bacteria and potential debris out.
  3. Once you’ve done the front of each bracket, it’s time to brush the underside of each bracket all the way across in the same circular motion. Be sure to get the bottom half of your teeth, too.
  4. Once you finish with the front of your teeth and the brackets, brush the bite surfaces and the backs of your teeth as you normally would.

To brush between your brackets and make sure you brush as thoroughly as you possibly can, your New York orthodontist may recommend that you use a Proxabrush®, a small, circular, bristled brush designed to clean between very small spaces, like between your teeth and the archwire of your braces or even between your teeth themselves.

Once you’ve brushed your teeth thoroughly, your best bet would be to floss either with a water flosser or traditional floss (better) . Because the oral hygiene steps for braces have to be explained somewhat thoroughly, we’ll cover flossing in the next blog post.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or just want to get going on your journey to straight, beautiful teeth, please give us a call! We work with teens as well as adults and have a satisfaction guarantee that will make you smile! Call us at 914.200.1569.

Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley NY and Purchase NY are the only orthodontic practices in Westchester and Putnam counties in New York (NY) that utilize SureSmile® technology. SureSmile® technology speeds up the braces process by as much as 35%, and provides the most precise treatment. We are also an Invisalign® provider and we offer our patients other alternatives to traditional braces. With many types of braces to choice from, we’re sure there is one that’s right for you.

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