At Ricci Orthodontics, Dr. Steven Ricci and our experienced team have been providing comprehensive orthodontics for our patients in Johns Creek, Georgia, and the neighboring communities of Alpharetta, Duluth, Suwanee, Cumming, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Buford, Sugar Hill, and Atlanta, Georgia for 16 years now! Today we would like to talk a little bit about how to care for your smile when you are wearing braces.
Brushing with Braces
Caring for your pearly whites is important whether you are wearing braces or not, but it is even more crucial while aligning your smile. This is because brackets and wires can trap food particles and harbor bacteria which 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. Rinse thoroughly to make sure all oral debris is removed.
Flossing with Braces
After brushing, remember to floss. Target the areas between the teeth as well as the tooth surfaces underneath the wires. Find a flossing method that works best for you, and use it! We recommend flossing once a day, at the very least. 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 out and about and don’t have a toothbrush with you, you can still remove food particles and debris after eating by rinsing well with water or mouthwash after eating. Follow up with a thorough tooth brushing as soon as you are able.
We hope these tips help you take good care of your teeth while aligning your smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Ricci in Johns Creek, Georgia, please give us a call at 678-932-0308 today. Our Ricci Orthodontics team looks forward to helping you maintain your healthy, beautiful smile!