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How do I take care of my braces?
When your mouth is loaded with extras like bands, brackets, and wires, from your braces, brushing your teeth is extra important. Plus, braces interfere with the chewing process that normally bathes and exercises gums, and helps clean teeth. General dental care like caring for your teeth and keeping them cavity-free, is a top priority during orthodontic treatment.
What type of foods can I eat with braces on?
We’ve created a printable list of appropriate foods for you to print out and post on your refrigerator as a helpful guide.
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How Much Training Does An Orthodontist Receive?
An orthodontist receives a total of ten years of training. In addition to four years in an undergraduate program and four years at dental school, an orthodontist studies at an orthodontic residency for two years. Orthodontic residencies are extremely competitive and only admit a handful of applicants each year.
How Often Do I Need to Brush With Braces?
It’s best to brush within five minutes after eating anything, even if you’re just snacking, and especially after a meal. Brushing away cavity-causing bacteria helps keep your teeth cavity-free. Carry a travel toothbrush in a backpack, purse or briefcase to always have on hand for brushing away from home.
How Do I Brush With Braces On My Teeth?
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1. Brush between wires and gums to loosen any food particles that may have lodged in your dental braces.
2. Start on the outside of your upper teeth, positioning the bristles at a 45 degree angle, toward the gum. Brush two to three teeth at a time using a circular motion, about ten strokes.
3. Next, brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
4. Brush the chewing surfaces.
5. Repeat the same process for the lower teeth as for the upper ones.
6. Rinse your mouth as well as your toothbrush. Check your teeth in a mirror to make sure you’ve brushed all tooth surfaces.
7. Floss daily between dental braces using a floss threader.
You may also want to use a water oral hygiene device that helps to remove food particles from your dental braces that the toothbrush may not reach. It should be used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a substitute for brushing. While wearing braces, be sure to schedule regular dental care exams every three to six months for cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
For more information, or if you are experiencing discomfort, please call our office at 978-535-5353so we may assist you.