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Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter and our team in Astoria, New York, are pleased to offer orthodontic care for our patients seeking a straighter smile. If you are wearing braces right now, it is crucial to go the extra mile in caring for your pearly whites to prevent plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque tends to collect on teeth and gums, but braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but while wearing braces you will want to step up your cleaning routine by brushing every time you eat, whether it be a meal or snack. Many patients have found that cleaning with an oral irrigator, or water flosser, is also a great tool to use while wearing braces as it can reach those places a toothbrush can’t reach alone. When caring for your smile, we recommend the following:

Brushing – brush with a soft toothbrush, brushing downwards from the top, and then up from the bottom. Do this with each tooth which has braces, using an interdental toothbrush. Remember to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray.

Flossing – place the short end of your floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper section of your tooth nearest the gum. Gently work the floss on the sides of the two teeth the floss is between.  There are also threader flosses that are designed to maneuver under and around your wires.

Mouthwash – finish up with an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any lingering bacteria.

At the orthodontic practice of Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter in Astoria, New York, we are here to help you keep your smile healthy, happy, and confident for a lifetime. If you would like more information, or to schedule your next visit, we invite you to call our team at 718-278-2441 today!