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Brushing your teeth while wearing braces can be a little tricky at first. Once your orthodontist attaches your braces or Invisalign trays, you will need to use some special oral health care tools in order to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Brushing your teeth carefully while wear the braces helps to prevent any problems such as cavities.
Brushing with Braces
After your orthodontist puts on your child’s braces, he will show you how to carefully brush around them. Your child may need to use a special brush that has a tiny, cone shaped head and graduated bristles. This tool helps to reach around the corners of your child’s orthodontic appliance. You or your child will need to brush more frequently while outfitted with orthodontics. Ideally, teeth being cared for by an orthodontist should be brushed after every meal and before bed. If you or your child are using Invisalign, all you need to do is take out the tray and brush your teeth as you normally would.
Your orthodontist may suggest that you use a specially designed flosser, especially if you have traditional orthodontic wires and bands in your mouth. This tool is easier to manage than a long string of dental floss. It is also more effective at getting food particles unstuck from around all the curves and corners of wires and bands.
Dr. Joel Gluck can help you and your child care for your teeth after he performs orthodontic work. Staying on top of your oral hygiene can help you achieve the results you are hoping for once your orthodontic care is complete. To learn more about orthodontic care for a healthy smile, contact Dr. Gluck today for a consultation.
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.