At the practice of Dr. Carole Randolph, we want to help all of our patients attain the healthiest and straightest smile possible. As your trusted orthodontic provider, we’re glad to provide the treatment needed to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. When you start your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Randolph, it is important to keep your teeth clean to prevent oral problems such as tooth decay. The foundation of a healthy smile lies in consistent and proper brushing. We’re more than happy to show you some techniques and tips on how to maximize the effectiveness of your brushing and keep your teeth in the best condition possible, so that when it’s time to remove your braces, you’ll have a beautiful, new smile!
Utilizing A Proper Brushing Technique
To achieve the most out of brushing your teeth, it’s important to utilize an effective technique. When you’re about to brush your teeth, we recommend doing the following:
- First, place your toothbrush at about a 45-degree angle against your gum line.
- Move your brush back and forth in short and gentle strokes.
- Continue this process for the outer surfaces of all your teeth.
- Use the same method for the inside surfaces of your teeth. However, for your front teeth, you’ll want to tilt the brush vertically and make up-and-down strokes in order to reach them.
- Use a back-and-forth motion to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Finally, brush your tongue to keep your mouth fresh and clean.
Additional Tips for Optimizing Your Brushing
The technique isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to brushing though. You should also consider the following tips if you want to optimize your brushing:
- For your toothbrush, you’ll want to use one with soft bristles that also has a small enough head to reach all of the areas in your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush once every three to four months; a worn-down toothbrush isn’t as effective at cleaning your teeth.
- Your toothpaste should contain fluoride and be ADA-approved.
- Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Contact Your Valencia Orthodontist!
Whether you have traditional metal braces or Invisalign, it is important to maintain and stay consistent with your daily oral routine. If you have any questions or would like to know more tips about effectively brushing your teeth, our friendly staff will be more than happy to help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Randolph, you can give us a call at (661) 222-3000 or fill our online form.