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Oral hygiene with braces

You will need to brush and floss at least 2 times a day to remove all plaque. You will also need to brush and floss with extra care and effort to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy. Some helpful tips are listed below

During orthodontic treatment, please be sure to continue seeing your general dentist every three to six months for your general dental check-ups and cleanings.


Brushing:

There are four target areas when brushing your teeth while wearing braces:

  1. Where the Teeth Meet the Gums
    • Point the brush toward the gums; this will allow the bristles to sweep away plaque.
  2. Top of the Braces
    • When brushing the top of the braces be sure the bristles go under the wire and between the brackets.
  3. Bottom of the Braces
    • When brushing the bottom of the braces be sure the bristles go under the wire and between brackets.
  4. Where the Teeth Meet the Gums on the Tongue Side
    • Point the brush towards the gums; this will allow the bristles to sweep away plaque.

Interproximal brush: sometimes called a “Christmas tree”

The interproximal brush is a useful supplement to the regular toothbrush and should be used every time you brush. It’s small brush head which can be bent in any direction for hard to reach areas. Use the interproximal brush to clean between brackets and under the wire.


Flossing

  1. Threader Floss

    • Some people find combined floss and built-in threader tip to be easier to use. Each person needs to use what feels most comfortable.
    • Please floss between each tooth – whether it has a brace on it or not!
  2. Bridge Aid Dental Floss Threader

    • Thread the floss through the eyelet of the Floss Threader.
    • Slip the threader under the wire with one hand while holding the end of the floss with the other hand.
    • Once floss is under the wire, floss between teeth.

Fluoride Rinse

The use of topical fluoride is for the protection of exposed tooth enamel and very important to use daily during the time you have braces. Fluoride helps protect exposed enamel from decalcification (the formation of white spots on teeth that indicate the beginning stages of cavities). We recommend the use of topical fluoride every day. Don't eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after using the fluoride. Be sure to brush prior to applying the fluoride.