When you have braces, it's very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliances.
Brushing with Braces
Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the tooth surfaces above and below the braces using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention as well to the areas around and in-between your brackets or other appliances.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces 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. 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. Water flossers can also be used as an alternative to clean in this way.