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No doubt, you have been caring for your teeth your whole life, and this shouldn’t change once you receive your braces. Although your teeth will be mostly covered by metal, it’s more important than ever before to brush every day since the appliances can trap food and lead to tooth decay. Our orthodontist and team want to ensure you are informed of the ways your oral care habits should change after you receive braces.

Normally, you can enjoy excellent oral health by brushing twice a day and flossing daily, but with braces, you will need to clean your smile after every meal. However, it’s important to wait 30 minutes after a meal or snack so that your saliva can wash away the acids produced by your food. Thoroughly rinse your mouth with water to dislodge any loose debris before brushing your teeth. Brush along your gum lines first, then brush from the upper gums to the top brackets and from the lower gum line to the bottom brackets. Don’t forget to brush your wires. The typical recommended time for brushing teeth is two minutes, but we encourage you to take your time cleaning your braces and smile, focusing on just one or two teeth at a time.

Some patients find that flossing becomes more difficult with braces. If you struggle with flossing, ask our orthodontist if you might benefit from an alternative flossing tool, such as a floss threader, soft pick, or water flosser. After brushing and flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth with water to remove any lingering food particles.

If you are considering receiving braces, Dr. Claudia Torok would love to meet with you and discuss your orthodontic options. Call 310-670-5686 today if you have any questions about how to care for your braces in Los Angeles, California.