Brushing and Flossing

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. 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 a more effective alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Please feel free to ask our staff about Sonicare toothbrushes and brushheads.  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.  Many patients overlook the area between the bracket and the gum line.  Please pay close attention to brushing this area as well.  

brushing with braces

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 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, ask us about a Sonicare Airfloss.  

flossing with braces

Oral Hygiene Supplements

Besides the Sonicare Powered Toothbrush and Airfloss we also have:

  • Floss threaders and interproximal brushes (to aid in cleaning between teeth)
  • Colgate Phos-Flur (an anti-cavity fluoride rinse)
  • HD Plaque Toothpaste (a plaque-disclosing toothpaste)

Please ask any clinical team member at the office to direct you to the right products to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment,.  

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