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If you are getting braces, you may already feel like you have your hands full—not to mention your mouth. They feel uncomfortable, you have to change your diet, and on top of it all, you have to keep your new braces clean. While it may seem like a big job, you’ll find with a little practice, brushing your braces is not that hard.

You may already know that you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day. Well, now that you have braces you are going to have to step up your game a little. It’s a good idea to brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after each meal an snack.

First, rinse your mouth to remove any loose food particles. Then holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, brush along your gum lines. Then, brush above and then below the brackets. Don’t get in a hurry, and concentrate on one or two teeth at a time. Use small, circular motions, When you have finished brushing your teeth, it’s time to floss. This may take a little practice, and you may find it frustrating to use traditional dental floss. If that’s the case, you should try a floss threader or a floss pick, or talk to your orthodontist about using a water flosser. When you are finished, rinse your mouth again to remove anything that you may have loosened while brushing.

While taking care of your braces may take some adjustment, you should find that you’ll get the hang of it in no time! If you have questions about your dental work, or if you are thinking about getting braces in Pensacola, Florida, call Shehee & Callahan Family Orthodontics at 850-478-8844 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Drs. Shehee and Callahan.