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Braces are handy appliances that can shift and move your teeth to give you the smile of your dreams. However, even though braces are a top-of-the-line appliance, it can’t take care of itself. In fact, if you don’t properly care for your teeth, gums and braces during your orthodontic journey, then you can suffer severe consequences. So, make sure to follow the oral hygiene rules when you have braces. Our orthodontist, Dr. Constance Brown, is happy to remind you of those rules by listing them here:

-Brush often: For the best treatment journey possible, it’s best to brush after each meal and snack. This can help you remove the food particles and bacteria that are trapped on your teeth and around your braces.

-Use interdental brushes: These handy tools can help you clean around the braces where the toothbrush can’t quite reach. It’s important to use these brushes so you can have the completely clean smile and appliance you need.

-Floss regularly: Make sure to floss daily. If you can, floss more often, like after you brush. Flossing can help you remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and it can even help you prevent dental issues.

-Rinse your mouth daily: Rinsing with mouthwash (antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash) once a day can help you greatly. It can clean the mouth, strengthen the smile and remove bacteria from the teeth and gums.

To learn more about oral hygiene rules with braces in Vancouver and Camas, Washington, please contact our orthodontic team at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is reach out to Brown Orthodontics at 360-256-7220 and we will be happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions!