How to Keep Your Teeth Clean with Braces

Orthodontist serving Stapleton, Denver, Cherry Creek & Nearby Areas of Colorado

For children and adults alike, it's very important to learn how to keep teeth clean while undergoing orthodontic correction. If you have braces and you’re wondering how to maintain good dental health while straightening your teeth, please visit Advanced Orthodontic Care in Denver for professional insight into caring for your mouth. Most people get braces because they ultimately want to achieve perfectly straight teeth. But what good are straight teeth if they become discolored or damaged during the orthodontic process? A combination of diligent at-home care and professional checkups and cleaning can keep your teeth free from stains, chips and other issues. Tips for keeping your teeth clean while you have braces include:

  • Brushing at least two to three times per day with a soft toothbrush
  • Holding your toothbrush at an angle rather than horizontally
  • Brushing each tooth for at least 10 to 15 seconds at a time
  • Performing additional brushing with a proxabrush (also called a “Christmas tree” brush), a special toothbrush designed to get between tiny spaces left by braces
  • Flossing every day, using a floss threader if necessary
  • Rinsing your mouth with water as often as possible
  • Maintaining twice-yearly appointments with your dentist

Observing the steps above will not only keep your teeth healthy regardless of what type of braces you choose but complement the straight appearance of your teeth after the orthodontic correction is complete. If you live in Denver and want to maintain your optimal oral health with braces, please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care or call 303-331-0222 today to schedule your initial consultation.

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