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Keeping your teeth flawless while straightening them isn’t really that hard, it just takes attention. Our Smiley Dental Webb Chapel team in Dallas, Texas is happy to support your efforts to create the smile you have always wanted and encourage you to stay on top of your oral hygiene during this smile alignment process.

Wires and brackets can trap food particles and oral debris, so cleaning around the orthodontics is essential. Using the right tools can make the job easy and enjoyable. So, let’s take a look some helpful tips from Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu:

Wearing elastics

If you are wearing elastics, take them off before you begin, and don’t forget to put them bak on when you are finished.

Using the right tools

Soft-bristled toothbrushes are good to tooth enamel and gums while not harming orthodontics either. Fluoride toothpaste supports your teeth to resist acids from food and drinks while strengthening your tooth enamel. And finally, using a powered toothbrush has also proven effective at cleaning teeth in braces.

Brushing your smile

Be sure to brush your teeth and your hardware thoroughly. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums as you clean the gum line using circular strokes. Make sure to clean any gaps between the wire and your teeth and under the wires as well.

Flossing your smile

Once you have brushed your smile, now it’s time to floss. This will ensure a healthy smile when the hardware comes off. Interdental floss brushes and picks or water flossers are great tools to rid your smile of food residue and oral debris.

Food safety

What you put into your mouth can greatly impact the health of teeth and gums. The foods you eat and drink should support the smile you are working so hard to create. It is a good practice to limit or avoid the following to prevent harm to teeth, brackets, and wires: acidic foods and beverages, hard foods such as ice, and sticky foods such as chewing gum.

With these tips, you can keep your teeth flawless while straightening them. To find out more about how to protect your smile, please call 214.635.2810 and speak to a member of our caring staff. Our dentists, Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu, look forward to supporting your smile goals in Dallas, Texas!