We cannot emphasize enough how important brushing and flossing is, especially 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 your orthodontic treatment.
Additionally, please maintain regular dental cleanings with your general dentist at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
For our patients with thin gum tissue or gum recession, please download the following instructions on how to protect thin 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 an 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.
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. 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!
Additionally, a water flosser is an excellent tool that helps flush out those hard to reach spots between your teeth and around the gum line. Pick up a Waterpik water flosser at our office at your next appointment!