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Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Actual Patient - Female and male teens smilingCongratulations on starting the journey to a healthy and fabulous smile! The end result will be well worth your effort. Keeping your teeth, gums and appliances clean is critical to a successful treatment outcome. Brackets, bands, archwires and retainers can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferable after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up and to prevent cavities and gum disease. Particular attention needs to be paid to cleaning under the braces at the gum line to avoid swollen gums. We don’t want your straight teeth to have cavities when your treatment is completed! You also need to continue getting your teeth cleaned by your general dentist every 3-6 months.

As treatment progresses, accomplishing goals on time is critical. There are five things you can do to help you get out of braces as fast as possible.

  1. Keep your scheduled appointments.
  2. Follow food guidelines to avoid breakage.
  3. Keep your teeth and braces CLEAN!
  4. Comply with Dr. Britton’s requests to wear elastics and appliances.
  5. See your general dentist regularly for routine cleanings and exams.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH AND BRACES EVERY TIME AFTER EATING. IF YOU CANNOT BRUSH, AT LEAST RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH CLEAR WATER, ESPECIALLY AFTER SWEET AND ACIDIC FOODS OR DRINKS.

We pay special attention to dental hygiene throughout your treatment. Uniquely, during each appointment for the first year in braces, we will remove your wires allowing you to brush your teeth and floss your teeth. Our patients LOVE this!

Britton Orthodontics

  • Alamo Heights Location - 110 Chichester Pl., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78209 Phone: (210) 824-2333 Fax: (210) 824-0680
  • Stone Oak Location - 1130 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78258 Phone: (210) 497-6688 Fax: (210) 545-1884
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