Brushing your teeth may seem like a challenge when you’re wearing braces. You may be worried about maneuvering around your brackets, or making sure there’s no food particles caught in them. But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems.
Although brushing your teeth is even more important than ever when wearing braces, it’s a simple process once you get used to it, and follow a few easy steps.
Rinse Your Mouth
Start the process simply by rinsing your mouth with water. It’s an easy first step to loosen and free any food particles that may get stuck on your braces. Try to rinse your braces all day, whenever you eat but you’re not able to brush. Just taking this simple step really makes a positive difference in your dental hygiene!
Brushing in Braces
So you’ve rinsed your braces, and now you’re ready to use your toothbrush and toothpaste. Start brushing at your gum line at a 45-degree angle. Brushing this way will stimulate gums and loosen any of those pesky food particles or bacteria that can collect there in your mouth. Getting rid of any particles and bacteria is great for maintaining your oral health.
One thing to note, don’t use too much force so you won’t injure your gums when brushing. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush and proceed gently, brushing both the back and front of your teeth.
Be Aware of Your Brackets
We understand that the brackets on your braces are one of the reasons you’re likely to feel nervous about brushing in braces. But - it’s not that hard! Relax, and carefully move your toothbrush through your mouth one bracket at a time. The point is to remove as much debris as possible, starting at the top and moving to the bottom. Take it slow, and don’t pull on the wire or brackets of your braces.
Flossing is just as important as brushing in your daily oral care. It can be a challenge to move your floss around your braces, but your dental hygienist can show you how. Still, if it feels overwhelming or you don’t feel you have the time to floss carefully with your braces, you might want to consider using a waterpik.
A waterpik does what standard floss does, but by using water to remove plaque in difficult to reach places. And it does it without any risk to your braces, and by making flossing easier to you. Just give yourself time to become comfortable and familiar with the waterpik process, and then it will be easy.
Although you have to give yourself time to practice using one, waterpiks are a great idea if you’re wearing braces. Just remember: a waterpik replaces flossing, not brushing itself.
Establish an Oral Care Routine
So, brushing your teeth in braces and setting up a simple oral care routine when you’re wearing them isn’t that hard if you follow this simple advice:
Brush your teeth at least twice every day.
Floss at least one time per day, with either standard floss or a waterpik.
Rinse the inside of your mouth with water whenever possible each time you eat
Ready to Learn More About Getting Braces?
If you’re ready to get a smile you can be happy to share, just reach out to us today. We’re ready to help you straighten your teeth and make sure your dental health is its very best.
Board-Certified Orthodontist Joins TW Orthodontics in Alabama
TW Orthodontics provides comprehensive orthodontic services in Andalusia, Enterprise, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama. We have established a reputation for quality orthodontic care that is consistent across our four offices. In keeping with our commitment to providing excellent orthodontics, we would like to introduce the newest addition to our team, Dr. Jeremy Scarpate.
Education and Qualifications
Dr. Scarpate is a board certified orthodontist with an impressive set of qualifications. His educational background begins with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences earned from Auburn University. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he joined the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
During a 20 year military career, Dr. Scarpate went on to complete residencies in general dentistry and orthodontics. At his last duty station, he was an instructor at the military’s Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program (TORP) and the Air Force’s Comprehensive Dentistry Residency at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland AFB in Texas. Prior to joining the TW family from San Antonio, Dr. Scarpate retired from the Air Force, having attained the rank of Colonel.
A Board Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Scarpate is a board certified orthodontist with the American Board of Orthodontics. To earn this certification an orthodontist must complete specific education and requirements in the field. The final step is an interview by a panel from the American Board of Orthodontics to be officially certified. The process requires discipline and effort that goes far beyond the basic requirements of an orthodontist, and Dr. Scarpate has earned this distinction.
Background and Personal Story
Happy to be back home in Alabama, Dr. Scarpate talks about his life in the military: "I grew up in a military family, and then joined the military, so I’ve lived all over the world. But Alabama has always felt like home to me, and TW Orthodontics is exactly the type of practice I was determined to join."
He has moved back to the area with his wife and their four children. In his spare time he supports his children in their activities and roots for the Auburn Tigers and the Arsenal Gunners English soccer team. As a family man, he has an excellent rapport with children and youth, making him uniquely qualified to provide orthodontic care to patients of all ages.
Joining the Team
Dr. Scarpate expresses his regard for his new colleagues: “It’s been a blessing to join a practice with the talents of the TW orthodontists. They are well-respected within the dental community and are known for their exceptional orthodontic skills. I’ve also been thoroughly impressed with the personalized care and attention that each and every member of the TW team provides for our patients. It is evident in the relationships that they’ve built with their patients and it is a pleasure to see every day.”
We have the same regard for Dr. Scarpate as he has for us, respecting the skill and expertise he brings to the team. We look forward to working with him to continue and advance our practice.
About TW Orthodontics
TW Orthodontics is a reputable, highly reviewed and respected orthodontic practice. We’re family oriented, treating our patients and their families like our own. Our services include traditional braces, clear braces, Damon™ self-ligating braces, Invisalign, 3M™ Clarity™ aligners, and various other orthodontic treatments. We can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, such as misalignment of the teeth and bite and even TMJ disorders. Contact us at one of our 4 convenient locations to schedule a consultation.