Brushing and Flossing

Every patient is evaluated at every visit on their oral hygiene.  This is a life long skill that we work hard to make sure each patient masters.  When you have braces, it's very important to brush after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.  At night before bed time is the most important time of the day to brush, floss and use a flouride mouth rinse.  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 appliance.

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 powered 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 between your guns and the braces.  This is the area most patients miss.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Flossing before bed time 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. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taut 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, you may use a water pick water flosser!

flossing with braces

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