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At Skyline Orthodontics, Dr. Laura Rothe and our team are pleased to provide comprehensive orthodontics for our patients in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Today’s blog is going to go over how to help you clean your smile properly while aligning your smile in braces.

How to Brush

Of course. we all know how important it is to practice excellent oral hygiene to keep our teeth (and gums) healthy and strong. But it is even more crucial to maintain a healthy mouth while wearing braces. This is because brackets and wires can trap food particles and harbor bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. We advise brushing your teeth every time you eat, including meals and snacks, instead of just twice a day. You can use a manual toothbrush or an electric/battery powered toothbrush, whichever works best for you. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush, and carefully clean each tooth around the brackets and gumline. Start with the gumline, then brush up and down around each bracket, and rinse thoroughly after brushing to make sure all oral debris is removed.

How to Floss

After brushing your teeth, you will want to follow up with flossing, at the very least once every day. Be sure to clean the areas between the teeth as well as the tooth surfaces under the wires. Find a flossing method that works best for you, and use it! You can use waxed dental floss, a threaded floss, an oral irrigator, an interdental brush or an orthodontic floss which is specifically designed to clean around brackets and wires.

If you are snacking or eating away from home and forgot to carry a toothbrush, don’t worry. You can still remove some food particles and debris after eating by rinsing well with water or mouthwash. Be sure to follow up with a thorough tooth brushing as soon as you are able.

You can align your teeth with braces and still maintain a healthy, beautiful smile if you practice good oral hygiene habits. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura Rothe in Elkhorn, Nebraska, please give us a call at 402.289.3232 today. Our Skyline Orthodontics team looks forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!