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Braces can help bring your teeth into their more ideal alignment, which can help your smile look more attractive. They do come with a little extra effort, particularly when it comes to brushing and flossing. The efforts can be rewarding, as you can have a nice-looking smile to show friends and family.

So how do you brush and floss with the braces? Our dentist can provide you with more details, but the following tips can give you an idea of how to accomplish this goal.

Before you begin, the elastics on the braces may need to be adjusted or even removed. If they get caught on the brush, they may pull a wire the wrong way, which can mess with the braces.

You may need to add the following steps to your brushing routine. You may want to brush along the gum line, the gaps between teeth, and the tops and bottoms of the brackets. As you do so, you can keep your braces, teeth and gums free of plaque.

Flossing is a little different. A simple string of dental floss may be useless in this case. Luckily, many other methods of flossing are available. Some common choices can be a floss threader or a water flosser, as they can be really good at bypassing braces and snagging the plaque from between your teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Kyle M. Triggs, can tell you about other flossing methods and how they can be used to clean around braces.

Brushing and flossing with braces is doable. Though they require more effort, your diligence can be rewarded with the gift of a perfect smile. If you would like to consider braces, please call Alaska Dental Associates at 907-562-2284, and we will help you. Our office resides in Anchorage, Alaska, and you are welcome to visit us anytime.