Brushing and Flossing with Braces
Maintaining your oral hygiene is a crucial step towards achieving the best results from your orthodontic treatment. It's not just a task—it's an essential routine that paves the way to a successful smile transformation. On our website, we outline the key practices to follow during your treatment journey, ensuring you know exactly what to expect and how to care for your smile every step of the way
Optimal Oral Care with Braces: Dedicate two minutes to brushing after every meal, employing a soft-bristled, compact toothbrush paired with fluoride toothpaste for a thorough clean. Consider a powered toothbrush for enhanced efficiency. Gently navigate the brush in small circles on both the external and internal surfaces of your teeth, angling the brush head at 45 degrees near the gumline. For the biting surfaces and the inner side of your front teeth, use tender back-and-forth strokes. Be meticulous around brackets and appliances to ensure complete plaque removal.
Stay on track with your orthodontic treatment by flossing after every meal to keep your teeth and braces pristine. With braces, flossing requires a floss threader or specialized orthodontic floss for easy navigation behind each wire. Hold the floss taut between your pointer fingers and guide it gently between each pair of teeth with a back-and-forth motion. Make sure to floss under the gum line on the sides of each tooth to dislodge any hidden plaque or food debris. Continue until all teeth are flossed. For those hard-to-reach spots around your braces, consider asking us about using a water flosser for a more thorough clean.