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Achieving a beautiful, healthy smile often involves wearing braces. However, braces can sometimes lead to the development of white spots on your teeth if proper care isn’t taken. These spots, known as decalcification, occur when plaque builds up around the brackets and can lead to permanent damage if not addressed. Our patients choose Love Orthodontics to help guide them to their perfect smile, and that includes sharing our best practices to keep your teeth spotless while wearing braces.

Mastering Your Brushing Technique

Brushing is the first step in maintaining a healthy smile during your orthodontic treatment. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line and brush gently but thoroughly. Make sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including around and under the brackets. It’s important to brush after every meal to remove food particles and plaque that can accumulate around your braces. Additionally, brushing for at least two minutes each time ensures a comprehensive clean.

Don’t Skip Flossing

 Flossing removes plaque and food particles between your teeth and around your braces, areas that your toothbrush might miss. Using floss threaders or orthodontic floss can make this process easier. Make it a habit to floss daily to maintain healthy gums and prevent plaque buildup.

Rinsing with Mouthwash

An antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash helps reduce bacteria and strengthen your teeth. Fluoride mouthwash is particularly effective in remineralizing your enamel, which can prevent the formation of white spots. An antimicrobial rinse can kill the bacteria responsible for plaque buildup and gum disease.

Watch What You Eat

Limit sugary and acidic foods, which can increase the risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay. Try to avoid soda, candy, and other sweets. Instead, opt for healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, which promote good oral health. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day also helps wash away food particles and bacteria.

Regular Dental Checkups

Schedule professional cleanings every six months to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up. Regular visits to Love Orthodontics ensure that your braces are in good condition and your teeth are moving as planned, but visiting your general dentist is also an important part of your orthodontic journey. Discuss with your dentist whether you would benefit from professional fluoride treatments during your orthodontic treatment, as they can strengthen your enamel and prevent white spots.

Consistency is Key

When it comes to oral hygiene. Set reminders on your phone to brush and floss after meals and establish a routine that includes all the necessary steps for maintaining a clean and healthy mouth.

Love to Help

At Love Orthodontics, we are committed to supporting you throughout your orthodontic journey. By following these tips, you can prevent white spots and ensure that your smile is not only straight but also healthy and radiant. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in keeping your teeth spotless while wearing braces. If you have any questions or need additional advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

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