Patients in orthodontic treatment need to be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene. Braces trap food very easily, contributing to plaque formation. Carefully and thoroughly removing plaque from your teeth and gums will help to prevent the development of gum disease, dental decay, and bad breath and will ensure that the surfaces of your teeth underneath your braces will be healthy and strong when your braces are removed.
Brush your teeth after every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.
Using a dry brush (soft bristles only) with a small amount of toothpaste, place bristles where the gums and teeth meet.
For 10 seconds on each tooth, use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines.
Every tooth of both the upper and lower arches should be brushed slowly.
Brush the lower teeth from gum line up and upper teeth from the gum line down. Don’t forget to brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue, too!
Floss twice daily to remove plaque that your toothbrush misses.
Carefully thread unwaxed floss between braces and wires. You may find a floss threader helpful.
Carefully move the floss up and down the sides of each tooth to clean the surfaces untouched by tooth brushing.
Carefully floss around the gum areas.