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Brush Those Braces! Philadelphia, PA
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If you or your child has braces, it is essential that you understand how important brushing your teeth is. While cleaning the teeth is necessary throughout life, it is even more critical to your teeth while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing well is more challenging to do well with braces because brackets and wires are all over your mouth. But, with food particles and sugars being trapped inside the mouth, how well your brush will make a huge difference once your braces are removed.

Here are some tips to make sure you are cleaning your teeth as well as possible while wearing braces:

  • Use the right toothbrush. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. A soft-bristled toothbrush will easily mold around your brackets to clear away food debris and bacteria. This type of toothbrush also prevents bending your wires out of place.
  • Use only water at first. Take 30 seconds to brush your teeth without toothpaste. Using only water, it is easier to see the gunk trapped around your brackets. Rinse your mouth to spit out any particles that have become loosened, and then go back over your teeth using toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth. Flossing is extremely important, yet it is more difficult to do while wearing braces. Do not merely rely on your toothbrush to remove plaque from your teeth and brackets. It is crucial to use flossing tools explicitly made for braces to remove the gunk that builds up around your brackets each day.
  • Don’t rush. We get it – you have more enjoyable things to do than brush your teeth. However, if you are not brushing (and flossing!) well, you are really just wasting your time. Set a timer for two minutes, and dedicate your time to properly brushing your teeth. There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Dedicating two minutes, twice a day, is not going to interrupt your busy schedule.

At Broad Street Braces, we are here to help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Yet, we want to ensure that your smile is also healthy once your braces are removed. We encourage you to take the time to brush your teeth well.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!