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Brushing and Flossing

When you have braces, it’s more important than ever to brush and floss your teeth after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Although it may seem like extra effort now, you’ll want to take extra good care of your teeth while wearing braces so that when they come off, your new smile will be bright, beautiful and healthy!

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Brushing with Braces

To brush your teeth while wearing braces, follow these steps: Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste (you can also use a powered toothbrush.) When brushing, brush both 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. Make sure to also brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions – and pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

Flossing with Braces

Flossing once a day is an important way to keep your teeth and braces clean. When flossing, 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, and repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. You can also use a water flosser if you find that regular flossing is not removing all of the food particles – we can recommend one that meets your needs.