When undergoing orthodontic treatment, failing to brush your teeth can lead to big problems. The removal of your braces may be delayed and you could make yourself prone to cavities. Therefore, it is important to maintain a regular, proper brushing routine while you wear braces.

WebMD says that common mistakes that people make when cleaning their teeth include:

1) Brushing incorrectly

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth. ''Long horizontal strokes along the gumline can lead to abrasions," said Dr. Michael Sesemann, a Nebraska dentist and president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. "Aim your bristles at the gumline at a 45-degree angle and do short strokes or vibrations." Softly brush up and down your teeth, not across them. The strokes should be vertical or circular, not horizontal. 

2) Starting in the same place

If you begin brushing in the same place every time, dentists say that you might get lazy with your routine. Begin with a different area of your mouth whenever you brush, and every one of your teeth will more likely be plaque-free.

3) Failing to brush the inner surface

Patients with and without braces tend to brush just the exterior. Doing so allows plaque to accumulate and can lead to cavities over time. Always brush the exterior, interior and the cusps of your teeth to ensure that your entire mouth is clean. 

If you have any questions on how to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces or Invisalign, don't hesitate to ask your New York City orthodontist. He or she can give you more advice on how to stay cavity-free during treatment. 

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