Brushing and Flossing

brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal when you have braces is very important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you need help selecting the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss for your treatment, please ask us and we can help find the best products for you.


When you have braces, you will want to use a soft-bristle, small-headed toothbrush to carefully get around the entire appliance. Pay close attention when brushing around your brackets and other components of the appliance. Brush for two minutes after every meal using small, circular, motions on the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth. Tilt the toothbrush to a 45-degree angle and gently brush the gum line. Make sure to brush the chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth.

brushing and flossing


Flossing after every meal helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in your appliance and teeth. Use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to properly clean your mouth while wearing braces. Start with an 18-inch piece of floss and wrap the ends around your pointer fingers on each hand, pulling the string tight. Gently pull the floss back and forth between each set of teeth and around your appliance using a back and forth motion. Make sure you floss around the sides of each tooth to remove plaque and food particles. Continue this process until all of your teeth have been flossed. If traditional floss is not removing all of the food particles, ask us for more information about water flossers!

brushing and flossing

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