Oral Hygiene

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My Orthodontist

Orthodontists located in Lawrenceville, Bayonne, Cherry Hill, Deptford Township, East Orange, Medford, Paterson, and West New York, NJ & Langhorne, PA

Good oral hygiene is the cornerstone of good oral health, which is why the team of experts at My Orthodontist make sure that their patients understand how to care for their smiles when they leave the office. To learn more about how to keep your smile healthy and beautiful after your orthodontic treatment, schedule a visit to one of My Orthodontist’s nine offices in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Deptford Township, Lawrenceville, Medford, Bayonne, West New York, West Orange, Cherry Hill, and Paterson, New Jersey. You can book your visit by calling the closest office or scheduling online.

Oral Hygiene Q & A

How do I maintain good oral hygiene with braces?

To maintain the integrity of your braces, you’ll want to avoid certain foods, specifically foods that are:

  • Chewy (like gum, licorice, and bagels)
  • Crunchy (like popcorn, chips, and ice)
  • Sticky (like caramel and taffy)
  • Hard (like nuts, hard candies, apples, raw carrots, and popcorn)

Never, ever chew on ice. And you should also cut down on sugary foods and drinks during your treatment and maintain regular checkups with the team at My Orthodontist to monitor your oral health and orthodontic progress.

How should I brush my teeth with braces?

A soft-bristled brush or a bi-level brush are excellent tools for keeping your teeth clean while you’re wearing braces. An electric toothbrush can also be effective, so long as you set it to a moderate power level and keep the hard backside of the brush from hitting your braces.

You should brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes, preferably after meals. Be sure to brush all of your tooth surfaces, including the front, back, and the chewing surfaces.

When you’re wearing braces, you also need to take special care to brush the space between your wires and your teeth and between your brackets and your gums, where food particles become most easily trapped. It’s best to clean these areas by tilting your brush towards your gum line (up for the top teeth, down for the bottom) so that the bristles of your brush get in those hard-to-reach areas.

How should I floss with braces?

A floss threader can help you maintain your flossing routine while you’re wearing braces. A threader helps you get the floss under your archwire so that you can properly clean the space between your teeth and keep your gums stimulated.

Are there any special tools to help me clean my braces?

If you need extra help in keeping your smile clean with braces, some specialized tools can help. An interdental toothbrush has puffy little bristles like a pipe cleaner and makes it easier for you to reach in the tiny spaces behind your wires and around your bands and brackets. An oral irrigator shoots a small stream of pressurized water that dislodges little bits of food that are caught in your teeth. 

My Orthodontist provides patients with in-house toothbrush kits so that you can keep your smile as clean as possible. They’re also happy to help go over proper brushing and flossing techniques with you during your checkups. If you have any questions about proper oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to ask your orthodontist or hygienist.

To learn more about how to maintain excellent oral hygiene during and after your orthodontic treatment, schedule a visit to My Orthodontist today by calling the practice or booking an appointment online.