Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

              Brushing & Flossing is of utmost importance.

                Your braces will tend to collect more plaque and food particles around your teeth. Please spend extra time and effort cleaning your teeth and games.

Poor oral hygiene will cause permanent stains, cavities and gum disease!

 Brush after every meal and before bed time for a minimum of 4 minutes.

 

                              Brushing with Braces          

 Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

                 Brushing with Braces
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

                       Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
                       Brush every tooth slowly.

                         Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth and gums.

     

Don’t forget to brush your gum line thoroughly, angling the bristles to work them underneath the wire.

Replace your toothbrush every 4-6 weeks with a soft bristle brush.

At your appointments an assistant will coach you if there are some areas which need attention.

Soft bristle ortho-toothbrushes in various colors are available for purchase.

Your braces should look clean and shiny, free of any food particles and plaque.

Floss nightly after brushing to remove the plaque missed by brushing.

Flossing between your teeth does take some extra time but it is essential to your oral health!

Your SuperFloss will help by removing any hard to reach food particles.

Start with the spongier/thicker end and carefully thread the floss behind the wire. The spongy end will allow you to clean around each individual bracket. Next, carefully feed the floss through until you get to the thinner end. When you are done, carefully pull the floss out and repeat the process in between the next two teeth. You should continue doing so until you have flossed between each tooth.

View our “Getting Started with your braces Manual” online or print for your convenience.

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