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Good oral hygiene is essential for a successful orthodontic treatment.

Questions & Answers

Oral Hygiene With Braces

My braces or appliance are covering my teeth. Why do I need to brush and floss?

While it is true that your teeth are harder to see during your treatment, good oral hygiene is more important than ever. Not only will your teeth continue to accumulate plaque and tartar, but your dental work can also give these substances additional place to hide.

How do I care for my smile while wearing braces?

Your home care routine will change during your orthodontic treatment, but you will get the hang of it in no time!

  • We will provide you with a list of foods that you should avoid while you are wearing braces. These foods may damage your dental work or get stuck in your braces.
  • You should brush your teeth a minimum of three times each day. You should brush after every meal, and it is a good idea to brush between snacks.
  • You should still floss every day. This can be challenging, but a floss threader or interdental brush can make this easier. This brush can also assist you with cleaning around the brackets and wires.
  • You should rinse your mouth after you brush and floss.

Do I still need to see my dentist?

Absolutely! In addition to your visits with our orthodontists, you should continue to schedule your regular cleanings and exams with your dentist and make an appointment if you develop a problem with your oral health.

Oral Hygiene With Braces


Our orthodontists and team will review your oral hygiene while you receive orthodontic treatment. You may need to make some adjustments to your at-home care routine while wearing braces or receiving other treatment to keep your teeth and smile healthy. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment at Dentistry and Braces Group, call our team today.