Brushing and Flossing
If you have braces, brushing and flossing become even more important than they were before you began your orthodontic treatment. Because braces can give bacteria more places to hide, they make it easier for your teeth to become unhealthy or stained. If you are not certain how to brush and floss with braces, read below or ask us for help. We can also help you select the right products for your oral healthcare.
You should brush your teeth after every meal while you are in treatment.
For those without braces, brushing twice a day is recommended, but if you have braces, you need to clean your teeth every time you eat. You should spend two minutes brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Fluoride toothpaste is best. Take care to use small circular motions with the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Give all surfaces of the teeth equal attention.
You should floss your teeth twice a day.
Flossing provides important cleaning that cannot be skipped. With braces, a floss threader helps to make flossing easier since you need to get behind the wires. Use gentle motions to protect the gums and your appliance and make sure you get between all teeth. Another option that might be easier is a water flosser.
If you are worried about your technique, bring your toothbrush to your next appointment so we can see how you brush and floss. We will be happy to give you pointers if needed.