Once your braces are on, you may have trouble seeing your teeth through all of the metal in your mouth. But rest assured they are still there. Having braces does not mean that you can back off on your brushing and flossing. In fact, dental hygiene will be even more important.
Normally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. But with braces, you will need to step up your game. You should brush and floss thirty minutes after every meal and snack. First, rinse your mouth to loosen any food debris in between your teeth and braces. While you should normally brush for two minutes at a time, with braces, you should take your time. Concentrate on brushing one or two teeth at a time. You should use small circular strokes. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush your gums. Then, starting with your upper teeth followed by your lower teeth brush the tops and then the bottom of your brackets. After that, brush along the wire.
You may find it difficult to manipulate regular dental floss when you have braces. If that is the case, talk to our dentists, Drs. Shirazi and Rajabi about using a floss threader, floss pick, or water flosser.
If you are thinking about getting braces, or your dentist has suggested braces for you or your child, we would love to meet you. If you are thinking about getting braces in Brea, California why not give Fullerton Dental Care a call? We will be happy to get you started on your new smile!