Oral Hygiene

When you have braces it's very important to maintain a regimented brushing and flossing schedule throughout your treatment. We recommend all our patients to brush a minimum of 3 times each day (for 2 minutes each time) and floss 1 time daily.  If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.  Adjuncts like waterpiks also help to maintain clean teeth and healthy gums.

Brushing with Braces

Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a electric toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Flossing daily will help keep your teeth and gums clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taught floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!

flossing with braces

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