Braces Tips & Care Routine
In the first few days after your child’s braces have been placed onto his or her teeth, the teeth may be tender. This is a normal part of the treatment process, and the discomfort will subside quickly. The good news is that this sensation is an early indication of tooth movement.
- Brush Regularly – When it comes to brushing with braces, it’s a good idea to follow the two-by-two plan — brush twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Floss and Mouthwash – Floss with a threader or other flossing aid to get in between each tooth and remove food particles the toothbrush may have missed. Then, once they’re done brushing and flossing, remind them to rinse with mouthwash to reach any stubborn areas that might need some extra attention.
- Check the Mirror – Once those steps are complete, remind your child to stop and check out their smile in the mirror. They should look closely to make sure there aren’t any stubborn food particles that got left behind or overlooked.