brushing and flossing

When you have braces, it’s essential to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout orthodontic treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, just ask our staff!

 

Brushing With Braces

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces – food gets caught in the brackets and between your teeth. Brushing after meals and before bed should become a part of your daily routine. Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth above and below the brackets. A waterpik or electric toothbrush can be useful tools to help you keep things clean

 

If plaque remains on the teeth, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface. In addition to brushing well each day, please continue to see your dentist at least every 6 months for regular dental cleanings.

 

Flossing With Braces

Flossing with braces takes a few minutes to master, but the effort is well worth it. The first step to flossing is getting the floss under the wire that connects the braces together. A reusable floss threader will help you get the dental floss underneath your wire. Once under the wire, gently floss between the teeth and beneath the gumline to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all your teeth.