Home Care Tips for People with Braces

Home Care Tips for People with Braces



hi I'm dr. Keith tang and I'm a family dentist in Irvine California in this video I'm going to be showing you how to take good care of your teeth when you have braces the first oral hygiene aid that you want to use is a proxy brush when you eat something dark green and leafy foods like spinach or lettuce get stuck along the wire you can use the proxy brush to push out the food between the wire and your teeth when I had braces I had a pocket version of this with me at all times I recommend flossing at least one time a day most dental professionals recommend using a floss threader like the one pictured but a bend in it to make it easier to grab and loop the floss through it thread it under the wire between each tooth to floss personally I prefer flossing on teeth with braces using platypus flossers notice that one side is thinner this side is made to slip under the wire and go through the area between each tooth flossing with a platypus flosser is much easier than using a floss threader when most people brush with braces that make the common air brushing the bracket itself but notice the bristles are not touching the tooth instead I recommend brushing above and below the bracket at an extreme angle patients that don't do this will notice that over time their gums will get puffy and grow around the brackets if this is the case brushing is shown will return your gums back to good health but it may take several weeks so there you have it cleaning your teeth with braces can take a little getting used to in the beginning but with practice you'll be able to do all of these things without having to think about it this is another video on how to have healthy teeth and gums for life

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16 Replies to “Home Care Tips for People with Braces”

  1. ok watching this saved my life, i never knew about platypus flossers!! flossing with the thread is such a pain, they should hand out those flossers instead of the threads at the orthodontics instead!!

  2. i know this was posted long time ago but soon i am getting braces on. wanted to ask will a water flosser do the same thing if we use the normal flossing?

  3. I don’t have braces yet but I am talking to my dentist about getting some in the future I have a waterpik does this replace floss or will I still have to floss even though I use it?

  4. hi dr tang just got my braces 3 weeks ako and is it normal that some brackets loosen up?do i need to go to my dentist?and also my dentist didnt put rubber ties on it just a wire tighten on it…when should im going to have those colored ties?

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