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oral hygiene

Successful orthodontic treatment - a healthy and beautiful smile - is the result of a team effort between you, Dr. Elison, and your family dentist. You as the patient play the key part. Most importantly, you must keep your teeth clean and maintain good dental hygiene while you are wearing braces.

Right now, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. But it’s well worth it, and will help you enjoy the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.

How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush your teeth, gums, and braces thoroughly at least twice a day until they are spotless. If possible, brush after each time you eat a meal or snack. If brushing is not possible after eating, be sure to at least rinse your mouth well with water until you can brush. Carrying a travel toothbrush can be helpful when brushing away from home.
Flossing should be once a day. This takes a little extra time, so you may want to do it at night before you go to bed.
How do I brush with braces?
How do I floss with braces?

Flossing with braces may seem like a difficult process, but it’s very important. And as with anything, a little practice will make it go a lot faster. You may also use an inter-proximal brush, a powered toothbrush, a water irrigator, and prescription fluoride toothpaste or rinse to make brushing easier and efficient.

It’s important that you take especially good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. By brushing and flossing regularly, you'll keep your teeth and gums in top condition and ensure that your orthodontic treatment will deliver the healthiest smile possible. When your braces comes off, you'll see that your extra efforts have been rewarded with a healthy, great-looking smile that's good for life.

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