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Braces are a serious investment in the cosmetic appearance or correction of your smile. Maintaining them with an effective oral hygiene routine insures the chances that your new smile will last a very long time.

Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is essential. Be sure to brush each tooth individually for 10 to 15 seconds. Be sure to brush every available angle, including the back side and biting surface.

Many people with braces will also use interdental brushes. These small brushes with their narrow heads help you brush in the hard to reach places around the braces, wires and brackets.

Flossing is important for removing food particles and plaque that can cause gum disease. Be sure to take the time to find the floss that works best for you. Some people will choose to use a floss threader or super floss.

Antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace flossing, but it will help loosen food particles, kill some of the bacteria in your mouth and freshen your breath. Just be sure to look for a mouthwash that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the product for safety and effectiveness.

If you have questions about the best products and techniques for cleaning your braces, please call us at 949-645-8887 to schedule an appointment.