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Brushing And Flossing

Maintaining oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. Brush and floss after every meal to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you’re unsure about the right oral care products, feel free to ask us for recommendations suitable for your teeth and braces.

brushing with braces

Brushing with Braces

  • Technique: Use a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush or a powered toothbrush for effective cleaning. Spend two minutes brushing after every meal.
  • Method: Brush the outside and inside surfaces in small, gentle circles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. For chewing surfaces and the insides of front teeth, use gentle back-and-forth motions.
  • Focus Areas: Pay special attention to areas around brackets or appliances.

flossing with braces

Flossing with Braces

  • Routine: Flossing after every meal is essential to remove food particles and plaque, keeping your braces clean and treatment on track.
  • Tools: Use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss for ease of use with braces.
  • Method: Thread the floss behind each wire. Gently slide it between each tooth, moving back and forth, and make sure to floss under the gum line.
  • Alternatives: If regular floss isn’t effective, consider using a water flosser for better cleaning around braces.