Brushing and Flossing
When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you must brush and floss following each meal to keep your teeth and gums at the healthiest level possible and get the best results from your treatment. If you need assistance selecting the correct toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as dental floss, let us know and we can assist you with the process.
Brushing with Braces
After each meal, brush your teeth for two minutes using a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You can also use an electric toothbrush to increase the effectiveness of your brushing technique. Start by brushing the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth with small, gentle, circles. During this step, you should position the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Be sure to reach your teeth’ chewing surfaces in addition to the inside surface of your front teeth. Use this using short and gentle, back-and-forth motions. Place special attention on your brackets and any other orthodontic appliances.
Flossing with Braces
Following each meal, you should also floss in addition to brushing. Flossing will keep your teeth extra clean and your treatment plan on track. Use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to floss the area behind each wire. Floss between each set of teeth by going back and forth. Don’t forget to floss the sides of each tooth up to the gum line to remove any plaque and food particles that may be lodged in there. Repeat the same process until you have flossed all your teeth. If you have a difficult time using floss with braces, be sure to ask us about a water flosser.