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Your braces have an important job to do, and your job is to make sure that they can do that job well. You can accomplish that goal by properly cleaning and caring for your braces and your teeth for the duration of your treatment.

With the traditional metal braces, you should carefully inspect them every day for for damage to the brackets and loose or broken. A good time to inspect your braces is when you are brushing your teeth. It is normally recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, but with braces, it is a good idea to brush carefully around your wires and brackets after every meal and to floss as well.

If you wear lingual braces, you may need to take more time inspecting them, since they are located behind your teeth. With traditional braces, and lingual braces, you will need to make more time brushing your teeth. Try brushing two or three teeth at a time.

Invisalign® clear aligners are much easier to clean. Since they are removable, you can take them out for meals, they are also easy to clean. They need to be gently brushed and rinsed before putting them back in your mouth.

Throughout the time you are wearing you orthodontics, you will still need to brush floss, although with traditional or lingual braces, you might find using a floss threader easier than the regular method of flossing. And don’t forget that you will still need to see your dentist for your cleanings and exams.

If you are considering getting braces, or your dentist has suggested that you get them, we are here to help. Our orthodontist, Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc. in Richmond, Texas, will be happy to give you an examination and discuss your treatment options with you. To make an appointment, contact us at 281-342-6311. We look forward to helping you improve your smile.