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Orthodontics is used to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. This can improve not only the appearance of your smile, but the health as well. Now that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, there are some things you should know about caring for your teeth and braces.

Dental Hygiene with Braces
To floss your teeth while wearing braces, work the short end of your floss through the space between the upper part of the tooth and the arch wire. Then use a sawing motion to gently work the floss between the teeth. Be very careful around the arch wires.

Use a soft-bristled brush to brush your teeth. Brush both up from the bottom and down from the top of each tooth. After this, brush with a proxabrush, which cleans between the brackets. Insert the brush both from the bottom up and from the top down between each bracket. Use a few brushing strokes in each direction.

Foods to Avoid
While using braces, there are certain foods that should be avoided, as they can break or loosen the brackets. These include:

– Tough-to-bite or hard foods like apples
– Chewy food like caramel
– Hard pretzels, carrots, nuts, and popcorn
– Corn on the cob

If you have any inquiries for our orthodontists and team or if you would like to set up an appointment, feel free to contact Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics at 518-793-8511 today. Dr. Alexander, Dr. Bartlett, Dr. Misner, and our team in Queensbury, New York, are happy to serve you.