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When you are cleaning your teeth while wearing your braces, you be daunted initially. But it’s pretty simple, really. The first thing you will want to do is to alter the way you brush your teeth. With braces, it can be difficult to reach certain areas unless you change the toothbrush angle at which you clean them. It may seem awkward in the beginning, but soon you will be able to reach all areas of your teeth and gums to ensure thorough cleaning of your braces and your teeth.

In addition to maintaining professional dental cleanings and oral exams with your dentist, you will want to clean your retainer at least once a week, and never miss your scheduled appointments with our orthodontist. Here are three ways to clean your teeth in braces:

The Daily Three

# 1 – Brush your pearly whites twice a day, for at least two minutes each session. Floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup between hard to reach areas.  To make sure your toothbrush bristles are in tip top condition, replace your toothbrush every three months or so. Worn bristles are ineffective.

# 2 – Brush your gumline at a 45-degree angle. Brush all your teeth at the gumline and above and below the braces to make sure you reach all the places bacteria can hide.

# 3 – Rinse your mouth with water before brushing your teeth to loosen any debris that that may be stuck in your braces.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez, please call us at 205-980-4744 to speak with a member of our Dieguez Smiles team in Birmingham, Alabama. We are here to help you achieve the smile you deserve!