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Now that your braces are on, it may seem a little intimidating staring into all of that hardware. But sooner than you think, your time will be up, your braces will come off and you will be able show off your new smile to the world. While your braces are straightening your teeth, you need to make sure that your teeth remain in great shape for the big reveal. That means staying up on your oral hygiene regimen.

During the time that you are wearing your braces, you will become familiar with orthodontic procedures, but it is just as important that you keep your usual appointments for your regular cleanings and exams.

When it comes to brushing your teeth, you will need to take a little more time. Usually, your dentist will recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. With braces, you should brush and floss at least three times a day. Before you brush, rinse your mouth to remove any loose food debris that may be stuck on your braces. Start by brushing at your gumline. Then, brush the tops of your brackets, followed by the bottoms of the brackets, and then the wire. Normally, you should take about two minutes to brush your teeth. With braces, you need go a little slower and brush two or three teeth at a time.

Flossing with braces is important, since food can become caught in your dental work. However, because of your braces, flossing in the usual way may be difficult and even frustrating. You might try using a floss threader or a water flosser to get the job done.

If you have questions about brushing with braces, have another dental need; or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and examination, our dentist, Dr. Stephen Coker will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Parkway Dental in Cary, North Carolina, call 919-380-9622 today. We’re looking forward to your visit.