Braces need careful cleaning and maintenance if you want your orthodontic treatment to be as effective as possible. You should brush and floss teeth after each meal to keep the gums and teeth as healthy as possible. We can give you recommendations on oral products, such as dental floss, toothpaste, or toothbrushes. You should also know how to brush and floss your teeth properly.

Brushing Techniques for Braces

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush teeth for two minutes – you can also use an electric toothbrush to increase the effectiveness of brushing.

Use small, circular motions to brush the outside and inside surface of teeth holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Make sure to brush along the gum line as well as along the chewing surface of your teeth using short back and forth motions, paying close attention to your braces and any wires or brackets.

Flossing Techniques for Braces

You should make it a practice to floss teeth after each meal to keep them clean and avoid extending your orthodontic treatment duration. In order to properly floss your braces, use special orthodontic floss or a floss threader to go behind each wire. Wrap floss around your index fingers on each hand so that there is enough floss to handle comfortably. Slide the floss gently between each tooth as well as beneath the gum line using a back and forth motion to remove food particles as well as plaque.

Keeping your braces clean allows your treatment to be as effective as possible, so speak with your dentist if you notice that food particles are not being completely removed from the mouth while flossing. If so, then we may be able to provide you with a water flosser that gets between teeth and flosses them efficiently.

If you need more information on how to properly brush and floss your teeth when wearing braces, give our office a call to speak with a professional that can give you more information and help you take care of your teeth so that they look magnificent and healthy.

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