Even though your teeth may be harder to see with your new braces on, don’t forget about them! You still need to brush and floss just as always, although you will have to make a few adjustments.

It is a good idea to brush at least twice a day. However, with braces, you should bump that up to at least three times a day, especially after meals. Before you brush, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to dislodge any food particles in your teeth and dental work. Although it is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes, you should take your time brushing with braces on. You will want to start by brushing your gumline, top and bottom. Then move to the tops of your brackets. Afterward, brush the bottoms of your brackets and then at the wire. Remember to go slowly, and brush two or three teeth at a time.

Flossing may be a little more difficult than it was before your braces. You need to floss at least once a day, and this becomes even more important since your braces will provide more spots for food to become lodged. If flossing proves to be difficult, try using a floss threader or a water flosser.

During the time that you are wearing your braces, don’t forget your regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings.

If you are thinking about getting braces, about other ways to straighten your teeth, our orthodontist, Dr. [doctor_name] will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at [practice_name] and you live in Astoria, Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, or the Middle Village, call [phone]. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Ora Rosenfeld Canter, D.D.S