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At Friendly Smiles Orthodontics, Dr. Ponce and our experienced team have been providing comprehensive orthodontics for our patients in Tucson, Arizona, for a long time. Today we would like to talk a little bit about how to care for your smile when you are wearing braces.

Brushing

Brackets and wires are notorious for trapping oral debris like food particles which can harbor bacteria and 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

To clean those places a toothbrush can’t reach effectively, 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 dining out and have forgotten to bring a toothbrush, you can still remove food particles and debris after eating by rinsing well with water or mouthwash. Follow up with a thorough tooth brushing as soon as you can.

To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Ponce in Tucson, Arizona, please give us a call at 520-326-1101 today. Our Friendly Smiles Orthodontics team looks forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!