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At Ramsay Orthodontics, Dr. Stephan Ramsay and our team are pleased to provide comprehensive orthodontics for our patients in Austin, Texas. Today we would like to share some easy steps to clean your smile while wearing braces.

Step 1 Brushing

Oral hygiene is crucial to a healthy mouth whether you are wearing braces or not, but it is even more crucial while aligning your smile. Why is this? Because brackets and wires can trap food particles and harbor bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. We advise brushing your teeth every time you eat, including meals and snacks, instead of just twice a day. You can use a manual toothbrush or an electric/battery powered toothbrush, whichever works best for you. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush, and carefully clean each tooth around the brackets and gumline. Start with the gumline, then brush up and down around each bracket. Rinse thoroughly to make sure all oral debris is removed.

Step 2 Flossing

After you have brushed your teeth, take some time to floss, and at the least once every day. Target the areas between the teeth as well as the tooth surfaces underneath the wires. Find a flossing method that works best for you, and use it! You can use waxed dental floss, a threaded floss, an oral irrigator, an interdental brush or an orthodontic floss which is specifically designed to clean around brackets and wires.

If you are out to lunch or dinner and don’t have a toothbrush with you, remove food particles and debris after eating by rinsing well with water or mouthwash. Follow up with a thorough tooth brushing as soon as you can.

If you take the time to care for your teeth while aligning your smile, you will be rewarded with a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephan Ramsay in Austin, Texas, please give us a call at 512-346-1384 today. Our Ramsay Orthodontics team looks forward to helping you at one of our three convenient locations nearest you!