Traditional metal braces require a little extra care. In the end, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Your metal braces will continue to work for you when you take the proper steps to keep them clean. With metal braces, there are a few additional steps that can easily ensure a healthy smile during your treatment with braces.
Food can get stuck in the archwires of your metal braces, which sets the stage for plaque and gingivitis. Regular toothbrushes and floss may work, but there are also tools like Proxabrushs that can clean more effectively between teeth and your braces. These tools should be used along with your normal brushing and flossing regime. These simple steps for brushing with braces can help you achieve the best oral health possible while protecting your metal braces.
Helpful Tips For Brushing With Braces:
- Brush for 2-3 minutes, about the length of a song on the radio
- Replacing your toothbrush every 3 months, as recommended by the American Dental Association
- Utilize Proxabrush or Interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush to clean braces and gums more effectively
- Be gentle when brushing, to avoid damaging your braces
With the right tools and techniques, you can get the most out of your braces.
Read more about the American Dental Association’s guide in brushing your teeth here.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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