Did you or a loved one recently get braces? If so, you may have discovered that it’s a bit harder to brush your teeth than it was in the past. Even if you don’t have braces, it’s pretty hard to find the proper technique that will help you succeed in your quest for clean and healthy teeth. Although getting braces may increase the difficulty of brushing your teeth, don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to do it right, and practically eliminate your chances of getting a cavity.

At Westtown Dental Care, all we want is to provide you with a winning smile. To do that, we offer a wide variety of dental and orthodontic treatments including the Healthy Start System, Invisalign, and braces in Chester County, PA, and other local areas. But you came here for the brushing instructions, so here’s how to brush your teeth properly when you have braces:

1. Get the right toothbrush – We encourage you to get the toothbrush that will work best for you and you’re most comfortable with. Some people get an electric toothbrush because it’s easier to get areas that are harder to reach, but others like to use a more traditional toothbrush. If you do use regular, just remember that it’s a bit harder to maneuver the toothbrush around your mouth and you’ll probably have to replace it more often.

2. Rinse with water before you start – This will help remove any food that might be lodged in or around your braces.

3. Brush above and below the brackets – Instead of just getting the front and back of the teeth (like when you don’t have braces), you’ll need to also brush above and below the brackets. Start with above the brackets and angle the toothbrush downward. Then, go below the brackets and angle the toothbrush upward.

Also, don’t forget to floss and use mouthwash. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Chester County, PA, and the surrounding areas, come to Westtown Dental Care. We offer treatments to help straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile. We can also give you good advice on brushing your teeth. To learn more about our braces and their effective alternatives, contact us at 484-712-2010.