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.
Maintaining Your Oral Health While Wearing Braces
Brushing Your Teeth
Fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush should be used to clean your teeth for two minutes after every meal. Brushing your teeth is more effective when you use a motorized toothbrush. Brush your teeth on both the exterior and interior with gentle, circular strokes. Maintain a 45-degree angle with the toothbrush head in relation to the gum line. Make sure to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth and the insides of your front teeth with short, gentle strokes. Your appliances and brackets will be more vulnerable if you fail to pay attention to the surrounding surroundings.
Flossing Your Teeth
If you floss after every meal to clean your teeth and braces, you may be able to complete your orthodontic treatment on schedule. Orthodontic floss or a floss threader are the ideal tools for flossing while you wear braces. In order to retain a few inches of floss between your fingers, you may wrap the floss around the ends and secure it in that position. Make back-and-forth motions with your floss while you clean in between your teeth. In between the teeth, food and plaque may get lodged. This may be eliminated by flossing the sides of each tooth. This approach may be used again after you’ve flossed your teeth thoroughly. If your floss isn’t getting all the food out of your teeth and braces, talk to your dentist about obtaining a water flosser.