Brushing & Flossing with Braces
Poor oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can wreak havoc on your smile and leave permanent white scars, gingivitis and decay.
How to brush with braces:
• Use a waterpik before brushing to help wash away any food that might be stuck around your braces.
• Brush 2-3 times a day for a minimum of 2 minutes using a small toothbrush. An electric toothbrush with a small brush head is ideal. Brush all surfaces of your teeth including under the brackets, over the wire, and on top of the brackets, paying attention to your gum line.
• Floss daily. Yes, we know it’s a pain in the neck but it is so important! Use Oral B® Superfloss, or regular floss threaders to get under your wire. The more you do it the quicker you will get!
• Use a proxy brush to clean in between brackets. These brushes resemble a mini pipe cleaner and are great for cleaning those hard to reach spots between your brackets!
• Use fluoride rinses like ACT to help strengthen enamel.
• Be sure to see a dentist every 3-6 months for a professional cleaning and exam.
Here are video demonstrations on proper oral hygiene:
Brushing with Braces - Click Here •
Flossing with Braces - Click Here •
Cleaning with Proxy Brush - Click Here •
When plaque sits on your teeth for too long it begins to decalcify your tooth enamel and will eventually turn into a cavity. If the plaque is not removed from around brackets quickly with brushing and flossing, it can cause permanent white spots or lines on your teeth.
Plaque also irritates the gums causing gingivitis. Gums may be red, puffy or swollen and may bleed during brushing or flossing. Gingivitis also causes bad breath and eventually, left untreated, leads to periodontitis.