Our office at Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics in New York, takes pride in the quality of your orthodontic experience. We want you to take that same quality experience home with you. That is why we are happy to provide you with expert advice on how to properly clean your teeth with braces, so you can keep your smile healthy and your braces in tip-top shape.
In order to keep your teeth healthy with braces, it’s all the more important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It can be trickier to brush your teeth adequately with braces because of the dimensions that the brackets and wires create behind which plaque and food particles can hide. It is best to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and can fit the shape and size of your mouth and fluoride toothpaste. It also helps to have an interdental brush handy. These tools can be found at many drugstores and supermarkets and are small enough to reach in between the wires and brackets of your teeth to clean them.
Flossing your teeth is important as well. Food particles and debris can easily get stuck in between your teeth where even an interdental brush cannot reach. That is why it is essential to take the time to floss your teeth. If you are having difficulty reaching the gumline, consider getting a floss threader. This tool will help you more easily thread the floss in the crevices between the wire of your braces and the gumline. You might also consider getting a water flosser, which uses concentrated streams of water to clean between the teeth with no thread required.
If you have any queries about your braces or would like to learn more about our orthodontist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter, you can call us today at 718-278-2441 to set up an appointment. Our professional team is dedicated to giving you the high-quality care you deserve.