Brushing and Flossing

An important part of your treatment plan is to keep your oral health up to par. For this reason, we ask you to brush and floss your teeth after every meal to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible during your treatment. Reach out to us if you need help choosing any oral health products.

Brushing with Braces

A proper brushing technique includes two minutes of brushing after each meal using a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend upgrading to an electric toothbrush if possible because of the increased brushing effectiveness. Start by brushing the inside and outside surfaces of the teeth using small and gentle circular motions, brush should be at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.  Then move on to the chewing surfaces and inside surface of your front teeth. Make sure to look out for the areas around the brackets and clean those thoroughly.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Just like brushing, flossing should also be done after every meal to keep your teeth as clean as possible and to keep your treatment plan on schedule. You can use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to get the floss behind each wire. You then wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers, be sure to leave a few inches of taut floss between the fingers. You then slide the floss between each tooth and use a back-and-forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth and reach below the gum line to remove any plaque and food particles. Continue to repeat this process until you have finished all of the teeth. As an alternative, you can also use a water flosser.

flossing with braces