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Your orthodontist has put your braces in place, and has set up your next appointment. Your new braces will be with your for some time. It may be a matter of months or even one or two years. Over that time, your orthodontist will examine and adjust your braces to make sure that they are properly aligning your teeth. However, you have a job to do during that time, which is making sure that you take care of your braces and your teeth.

You may be seeing your orthodontist on a regular basis now, but don’t forget your appointments with your regular dentist for your cleanings and checkups. Your teeth still need regular care, even with your braces.

Your braces are have created more places for bacteria, plaque and food to hide and for decay to develop. To combat that, you will need to spend more time brushing than normal. You should rinse your mouth before you brush to loosen any food that may be lodged in your braces. Start brushing at your gumline, followed by the tops and bottoms of each bracket and the tops of the wires. Take your time to make sure that you do a thorough job. Ideally, you should spend 10 seconds on each tooth to make sure it is clean, especially around the brackets. And, don’t get too aggressive. Be gentle when brushing your braces to avoid damaging them

Flossing is still important, even though it can be frustrating to try to slip the floss between your braces. Waxed floss will make the job easier, and you can use a floss-threader to help get the job done. If you are still having problems, you should talk with your dentist about using a water-flosser.

If you are thinking about getting braces for yourself or another member of your family, our orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang at Straight Smile in College Park, Maryland, would be happy to see you for an exam and a consultation. Make an appointment today by calling [number]. We look forward to seeing you soon!