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At Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist, we want to encourage you to stay on top of your oral health while straightening your teeth. While we always stress the importance of consistent oral hygiene habits along with regular checkups with your dentist, it is vital while you are aligning your smile in Santa Rosa, California.

If you are aligning your teeth using aligners, smile care is as simple as brushing and flossing your pearly whites as you normally would. However, if you are wearing braces with wires and brackets, you will want to make sure to remove food particles and plaque thoroughly. Let’s take a look at how to accomplish this with some tips from Dr. Victoria Lynskey and our team.

If you are wearing elastics, begin by removing them before cleaning your teeth and gums. Once your chompers are thoroughly clean, put the elastics back on. It is important to use the right tools when working with your smile. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with fluoride toothpaste to help your teeth resist acids from food and drinks while strengthening enamel. If you are so inclined, a powered toothbrush is very effective at cleaning teeth, especially with braces.

Brush each tooth along with your braces. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums as you clean the gum line using circular strokes. Next, clean any gaps between the wire and teeth and under the wires. After brushing, remember to floss! Flossing with braces is just as vital as ever to maintain a healthy smile. Interdental floss brushes and picks or even water flossers can effectively rid your smile of food residue and oral debris.

Last but not least, make sure the foods you eat and drink support the beautiful smile you are working so hard to create. It is wise to limit or avoid acidic foods and beverages, along with hard foods such as ice and sticky foods such as chewing gum that might harm brackets and wires.

Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums as you straighten your smile, and you will be rewarded with a confident, healthy smile! We hope you find these tips useful on your journey, and if you would like to know more, please give us a call at 707-525-1180. Dr. Victoria Lynskey and our team in Santa Rosa, California, look forward to supporting your oral health!