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A healthy smile isn’t just about brushing and flossing. It also involves teeth that are properly aligned, creating a vibrant, attention-grabbing smile. Aligned teeth actually decrease your risk for cavities and gum disease, since you eliminate the nooks and crannies where tartar and germs can build up.

Here at our practice in Boone, North Carolina, we’re dedicated to helping you through the orthodontic process as smoothly as possible. Part of that is helping you care for your teeth while you’re wearing braces.

Let’s look at a few things Dr. Jerry Butler recommends for caring for your teeth with braces.

Wash and Floss
Mouthwash is a critical part of maintaining great oral health while wearing braces. As great as you are at brushing and flossing (which we’ll get into here in a moment) there’s still bacteria you can’t quite get rid of on your own..

Mouthwash use, though, eliminates the rest of the germs that can cause tooth decay and other issues. You only need to use mouthwash once a day to keep things in order.

You’ll also want to make sure you use flossers created just for cleaning around braces. Our staff can help you find the best products for this process.

Brush after eating
The biggest thing you can do to care for your teeth when wearing braces is to brush after every meal. That seems like a lot of work, but it’s not. Just a quick brush to get rid of the food trapped in your teeth, and you’re good to go!

Caring for your teeth while wearing braces isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first. If you have any other questions, please contact us at (828) 264-5858 today.