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When you look at your braces, it may be hard to see the teeth behind all that metal; but rest assured, they are there, waiting for the time that they will be revealed to the world. In the meantime, you still need to brush your teeth, along with seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

Normally, a person should brush his or her teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. With your braces, you should brush thirty minutes after every meal, and you should take your time brushing your teeth. In fact, as your brush, focus on one or two teeth at a time.

Before you start, rinse your mouth and teeth with water to remove any remaining food particles. Then, start by brushing at the gumline, followed by brushing on top of the brackets, brushing from the gums down, Then, brush below your brackets from the gums up. After that, brush the wire. Taking your time and being methodical will ensure that you reach the exposed surface of every tooth. Once you have finished brushing, rinse your mouth again to remove any food particles that may have been dislodged when from brushing. If you find yourself without a toothbrush, you can rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth as soon as you can.

Flossing is very important when you wear braces, since food can easily get caught in your dental work. Flossing can be difficult and frustrating when you wear braces, so you might want to use a soft pick or a floss threader. Talk to your dentist about using a water flosser.

If you have questions about taking care of your teeth with your braces, our dentist, Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer will be happy to talk with you. To make an appointment at Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Centreville, Virginia area, call 703.994.4626.