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Orthodontic treatment is used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. This can improve not only the appearance of your smile, but the health as well. Now that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, there are some things you should know about caring for your teeth and braces.

Oral Hygiene with Braces
Oral hygiene is a little more involved while wearing braces. To floss your teeth, work the short end of your floss through the space between the upper part of the tooth and the arch wire. Then use a sawing motion to gently work the floss between the teeth. Be very careful around the arch wires.

When brushing, use a soft-bristled brush. Brush both up from the bottom and down from the top of each tooth. After this, brush with a proxabrush, which is designed to clean between the brackets. Insert the brush both from the bottom up and from the top down between each bracket. Use several brushing strokes in each direction.

Foods to Avoid
There are certain foods that can break or loosen brackets, so they should be avoided while wearing braces. These include:

– Tough-to-bite or hard foods like apples
– Chewy food like caramel
– Hard pretzels, carrots, nuts, and popcorn
– Corn on the cob

If you have any questions for Dr. Jensen and our team or if you would like to set up an appointment, feel free to contact Jensen Orthodontic Arts today. Our orthodontist and team in McKinney, Texas, are happy to help you reach a straight, beautiful smile.