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The weather is getting warmer and the birds are starting to sing, which means spring is almost here! As spring approaches, you’re most likely making spring cleaning plans for your bedrooms, closets and even your cars. Well, you can also make spring cleaning plans for your braces.

Spring cleaning your braces can help you have the top-notch appliance you need to reach the smile of your dreams. It can also help you have a more successful orthodontic journey because it can help you avoid dental problems, like cavities. So, feel free to add your braces to your spring cleaning to-do lists.

Our talented orthodontist, Dr. Robert Agnetta, is happy to help you spring clean your braces by encouraging you to do the following things:

-Visit your dentist for a professional dental cleaning: Professional dental cleanings are vital for a great oral health and smile. This is because it removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, which can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease. When you have braces, these substances tend to get stuck in, under and around your braces, so make sure to schedule an appointment.

-Replace your toothbrush: It’s strongly recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, when you brush your braces, the bristles might get frayed quicker. So, if your toothbrush bristles are worn down, it’s best to get a new one. A new toothbrush can help you effectively and properly clean your teeth and appliance.

-Invest in a water flosser: Sometimes flossing your teeth and braces with dental floss can be difficult, but flossing your teeth and braces with a water flosser isn’t. Water flossers spray a strong stream of water into the smile to clean the crevices between your teeth and around your braces. So, consider investing in a water flosser to make flossing more convenient with braces.

If you have any questions about how to spring clean your braces, please contact Potsdam Orthodontics at your earliest convenience. You can reach us at 315-267-6588. We look forward to telling you all about braces and smile care!