Tooth Brushing with Braces
When should I brush?
Within five minutes after you finish eating, preferably after every meal, you should brush your teeth. We recommend any electric or soft-bristled toothbrush used with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. When you are away from home we suggest you carry a travel type of toothbrush with you. Remember, it is the vigorous brushing NOT the toothpaste which cleans teeth.
How do I brush?
- Brush in little circles, between the wires and gums on the upper and lower teeth to loosen the food particles throughout your entire mouth, which includes all chewing surfaces, behind the teeth, and gum tissue.
- Then go back and brush at a 45-degree angle above and below all of your brackets and bands.
- Use your proxy brush to get underneath the wire and between the brackets.
- Flossing is necessary for proper dental hygiene, especially during your orthodontic treatment. Use a floss threader to thread the floss underneath your wire (just as you thread a needle).
- Afterwards, your brackets and wires should be free from all food particles and should look shiny and clean.
- Be sure to continue to see your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment.
- These steps are very important to remove the food and plaque-causing bacteria to prevent cavities and permanent discoloration of the teeth.