When you have braces, it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.
If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
Flossing: Step 1
Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.
Flossing: Step 2
Carefully floss around the braces.
Flossing: Step 3
Carefully floss around the gum areas.
Flossing: Step 4
Carefully floss around each tooth.
The ADA ( American Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. However, if you have braces, you should floss after every meal, and check out our step-by-step guide for tips on flossing with braces.
It’s best to floss before brushing, as flossing can help remove food particles stuck between your teeth and also the plaque that could form in your gum line.
It is recommended you try to brush after every meal, including snacks, and floss at least once a day. Most people floss at night before bedtime. Still, if you have orthodontic braces, consider brushing and flossing after every meal to avoid dental health problems.
You should floss your teeth at least once a day. However, if you feel you have food wedged between your teeth, you should floss right away to avoid infection or inflammation. If you are wearing dental braces, you should brush and floss every time you finish a meal.
Yes, but only when done vigorously or with too much pressure. Gums can excessively bleed; over-flossing could destroy your gum line. For best results, make sure you follow your orthodontist’s oral hygiene suggestions. Be gentle as you pick up the habit.