Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Your Brushing and Flossing Routine While Wearing Braces

While wearing braces, there are a few changes that should happen in your dental care routine. A little extra protection is needed so when the braces come off, your teeth are healthy, strong, and beautifully straight. At Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, we think it is important that patients are aware of these changes.

Brushing the chewing and inside surfaces of your teeth will be like normal; however, to brush the fronts of your teeth, you will need some extra supplies and techniques. When you go to brush around your braces, angle the toothbrush and brush along the tops and bottoms of the brackets. To get the sides, take an interdental toothbrush and scrub. These are tiny, tree-shaped brushes that allow you to get underneath the wires. You can find them where most dental supplies are sold.

Flossing may also take some extra time but it is still very important for avoiding cavities and keeping teeth stain-free. Floss with a threader attached to it will help you get the floss over and under the wires easier to speed up the process. There are also separate threaders you can buy.

Braces can add some extra effort in your daily dental care but do not forget, when the braces come off you will have a smile you can be proud of! To schedule your next appointment at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, call our office at (215) 279-1193 or visit our website,

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