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When you have braces, brushing and flossing may take a little more time and effort. The effort can be rewarding, as braces can help you have a more attractive smile and correct issues that may arise because of misaligned teeth.

Braces often create an interesting challenge when it comes to brushing and flossing, as they are technically in they way. Luckily, there are ways to get around them so you can maintain good oral health and allow the braces to work their miracles.

Before you begin, you may want to remove any elastics on the braces. The brush can catch them, leading them to pull the wires and interfere with the braces. The dentist can guide you on how adjust the elastic, if it is necessary.

To keep your mouth plaque-free, you may need to brush the tops and bottoms of the brace brackets. You may also need to spend more time brushing the gaps between your teeth. Your gum line may need special attention as well. As you concentrate your efforts in this way, you can keep your mouth nice and healthy.

Flossing can be an interesting part of your routine because it may not be possible to get regular dental floss between the wires. Fortunately, many flossing alternatives are available. A floss threader or a water flosser can be used to bypass the brackets and clean out teeth gaps more thoroughly. They are just a couple of examples though. To learn more about other flossing methods, feel free to talk with, our dentist, Dr. Youssef Saad.

Cleaning braces is somewhat more challenging, but perfectly doable. The rewards of a great-looking smile can be worth the effort. If you would like to consider braces, you are welcome to visit Pearl Smile Dental, which is right here in Fort Worth, Texas. You can reach us by calling 817-921-3400. We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal smile.