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If you are wearing braces, it is essential to maintain a solid daily oral hygiene routine. You want to keep your teeth, gums, brackets, wires, and elastic bands free from plaque and trapped food particles to stay free from tooth decay and gum disease.

To keep you motivated while you wear your braces, remember that a healthy smile can help you get your braces off in the projected time frame. Wearing braces can invite sore or swollen gums, and cavities to creep in if you are not practicing good daily oral hygiene. Lax dental hygiene at home can cause a delay in your routine adjustments while having dental treatments instead.

When you get your braces off, you want your teeth to look clean and straight. This likely won’t happen if oral plaque and bacteria are allowed to collect, possibly allowing stains to sink into tooth enamel. To avoid tooth stains or even permanent discoloration, be sure to stay on top of your daily brushing and flossing, and maintain all scheduled dental cleanings to make sure your braces come off in the projected timeframe.

To keep your smile healthy while wearing braces brush and floss every single day. Because your braces can trap food particles and bacteria, you want to use a fluoride toothpaste and floss around the gumline to prevent enamel demineralization. You might find flossing with braces challenging, but there are flossing tools that can help. Consider rinsing with a therapeutic mouthwash to kill bacteria and fight gingivitis for help cleaning hard-to-reach places.

For more information, call our West End Orthodontics team in Glen Allen, Virginia at 804-364-8366. Our orthodontist, Dr. Frank Iuorno is ready to help you create the beautiful smile you have always wanted!