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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.  The braces will work all by themselves but your job is to keep them clean.  Braces should be clean and shiny when you are done brushing.  

Brushing with Braces

Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.  An electric toothbrush is not neccessary but you can use one to help increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush 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. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, 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 taut 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.  Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth.  If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about using a water flosser.

flossing with braces

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