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When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, Dr. Aaron Miyai and our team highly encourage you to brush your teeth every day, at least twice a day. Regular tooth brushing is an important component of orthodontic treatment and should be performed after every meal and snack when you are wearing braces. Proper tooth brushing habits help determine the success of your braces treatment by caring for your smile and your appliance.

Brushing is important to your dental hygiene whether you are wearing braces or not because it cleans away the food particles and plaque that build on your teeth. Plaque is full of bacteria and can be very dangerous to your teeth if not removed because it leads to other dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. These put your smile at further risk.

The long-term exposure of plaque to your teeth can change the color of the tooth enamel not covered by braces, causing your teeth to develop yellow spots on the teeth at the completion of your orthodontic care. Brushing your teeth is beneficial to the health and appearance of your smile during and after your time with braces.

Brushing your teeth also benefits your orthodontic appliance, improving your orthodontic progression. While braces care for your smile, they also need to be cared for in order to perform their function. Keeping your braces in good shape can help you have even better results when your treatment is complete.

To speak with our orthodontist about how to brush teeth with braces in Kihei, Lahaina, Lihue, or Hilo, HI, we invite you to contact Hawaii Smile Designs at (808) 874-9229 today for a consultation.