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At Smiley Dental Buckner, Dr. Bunch and Dr. Suk are pleased to offer orthodontic care for our patients in Dallas, Texas and the surrounding areas. If you are currently wearing braces to correct your smile, you will want to take extra care of your pearly whites to prevent plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, especially because braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque.

While wearing braces, it is important to brush after consuming food, whether it be a meal or snack. In addition to maintaining a diligent brushing and flossing routine, you may want to include a fluoride mouthwash as it can reach places in the mouth that your toothbrush can’t. Using an oral irrigator, also called a water flosser, is also a great tool while wearing braces as it can reach those hard to reach places a toothbrush can’t.

Brushing – brush with a soft toothbrush, brushing downwards from the top, and then up from the bottom. Do this with each tooth which has braces, using an interdental toothbrush. Don’t forget to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray.

Flossing – place the short end of your floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper section of your tooth nearest the gum. Gently work the floss on the sides of the two teeth the floss is between.  There are also threader flosses that are designed to maneuver under and around your wires if you prefer.

Mouthwash – finish up your cleaning routine with an anticavity-fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any lingering bacteria.

At Smiley Dental Buckner, Dr. Bunch and Dr. Suk are happy to assist our patients wearing braces in Dallas, Texas and the surrounding areas with excellent oral care. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please call our team at 972.616.0060 today!