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Once you have your braces on, it may seem like you can’t see your teeth under all of the metal. But rest assured, your teeth are still there, and braces are no excuse for not brushing! In fact, you will need to take even more time caring for your teeth while you have your braces. The added dental work gives food debris and plaque more places to collect.


You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once day. But with braces, you should brush and floss after every meal and snack. Normally, you should spend at least two minutes brushing. But when you have braces, you should take more time when you brush, and focus on one or two teeth at a time.  To brush your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, and brush along the gumline. Then, brush from the gums down to the top of your brackets, then up to the bottom. Then brush along the wire.


Flossing is very important when you have braces. However, the wires and brackets can make it very frustrating. Talk to your dentist about using a floss threader, floss pick or water flosser to make certain that you clean between your teeth and your dental work. It’s also important that you continue to see your dentist every six months for your regular cleanings and examinations.   


If the time has come for you or your child to get braces, our orthodontist, Dr. James B. Macomson has a chair for you! If you live in the Gastonia, North Carolina area and would like to schedule a visit to James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA, call 704-215-4430 today.