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If you are one of the many people who are currently wearing braces, congratulations! You have taken the first step in achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. braces can be a bit of a hassle to care for properly, but it is definitely worth it in the end. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to care for your teeth while you are wearing braces. We will also provide some helpful advice from our dentists here at Hanson Dental!

Brushing

When you have braces, it’s more important than ever to brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly. braces can trap food and bacteria, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. Brushing twice a day will help remove plaque and keep your mouth healthy. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, and avoid vigorous scrubbing, which can damage braces. If you’re not sure how to brush properly with braces, ask your dentist or orthodontist at Hanson Dental for a demonstration. We can also provide you with suggestions to help clean hard-to-reach areas. With a little extra effort, you can keep your smile healthy and sparkling – braces and all!

Flossing

Braces can trap food and plaque between your teeth, which can lead to cavities and other problems. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth, keeping your mouth healthy. We can show you the best way to floss with braces.  Once you get the hang of it, flossing will become a breeze!

Some people prefer to use a floss threader, which is a small, flexible piece of plastic with a loop on one end. The threader helps guide the floss under the braces and between the teeth.

Another option for cleaning between your teeth is to use a water flosser, also called a Waterpik. Water flossers are handheld devices that shoot a stream of water between your teeth to remove plaque and food particles. Water flossers are a great alternative to flossing, and they can be especially helpful if you have braces.

Rinsing

Another important step in caring for your teeth when you have braces is to rinse your teeth after meals. This helps to remove food particles and plaque from your braces, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Rinsing your teeth after meals is also a good way to keep your braces clean and free of bacteria. A fluoride mouthwash or water will do the trick!

Avoid sticky foods

When you have braces, it’s important to avoid sticky foods. Sticky foods can cause brackets and wires to come loose, and they can be difficult to clean off of your braces. If left unchecked, the build-up of sticky food on your braces can lead to tooth decay. To avoid these problems, avoid sugary and sticky snacks. If you do eat something sticky, be sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly afterward.

Continue Dental and Orthodontic Visits

Although it may seem like braces are permanent, they are not. To ensure that your braces are removed “on schedule”, it is essential to continue visiting your dentist and orthodontist for regular check-ups. braces work by gradually shifting your teeth into their proper position. However, this process can only be completed if the braces are monitored and adjusted on a regular basis. Without regular visits, your braces will not be as effective and the process of straightening your teeth will take much longer. In addition, continuing to see your dentist will help to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the duration of your treatment.

Your New Smile Awaits

If you follow these simple tips, you will be on your way to achieving that perfect smile in no time! And remember, if you have any questions or concerns, our dentists at Hanson Dental are always here to help!

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