Many adolescents and teens (and even some adults!) go through some type of orthodontic treatment, and oftentimes traditional braces are the best way to straighten teeth. In fact, braces are almost a type of rite of passage for many teenagers as they transition from a child to a young adult. But as with many things, getting braces also means experiencing some changes to your appearance, what you can eat, and even how you brush your teeth. So today, your dentist in The Woodlands is here to help teach you and your child the best way to care for teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Brushing with Braces: 101
The key to keeping your teeth healthy for the duration of your orthodontic treatment is to make sure you continue to brush twice a day, and really, much your regular brushing habits should stay the same with the exception of a few minor changes.
Don’t Forget the Floss!
Brushing your teeth is only half of a good oral hygiene routine for anyone, but especially for those with braces. It’s also incredibly important to floss in between each and every tooth every day to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles brushing alone can’t reach. In fact, if you only brush your teeth and forego the floss, you’re leaving two surfaces of your teeth completely uncleaned! This can increase the risk of tooth decay and even gum disease. While flossing can be tricky to get the hang of with braces, it’s important to practice and make it a part of your daily routine. To floss your teeth while wearing braces:
If you have questions about how to brush your teeth with braces, talk with your orthodontist or dentist in The Woodlands.
We’re always welcoming new patients at both of our dental offices on Panther Creek and Medical Plaza Drive.