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Braces are a significant investment, not just in terms of money, but in terms of time. On average, a person wears braces for just under two years, and the job that your braces do should last a lifetime.

In order to make sure that your braces remain in good working order, you need to keep them clean, right along with your teeth. It may take a while to get used to brushing your teeth while wearing your braces, but it can be done.

While it is recommended that people brush their teeth twice a day, with braces you should increase that to three times per day. You should take a little longer when brushing your teeth, and concentrate on one or two teeth at a time to ensure that you do a thorough job. With braces, you want to use a toothbrush with soft, round bristles Remember to carefully clean your the tops, bottoms, and fronts of your brackets and the tops of your wires.

You still need to floss your teeth, even through your braces. You can use a floss threader to make the process easier, and if that does not work, you can try a water flosser, which cleans the hard-to-reach places with pulses of water.

If the time has come for you to straighten your smile please contact Mid-Valley Dental Care in Northridge, California, to make an appointment with Dr. Terence Lau. We can be reached at 818-886-3500, and look forward to hearing from you soon.