Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing is always important, but once you have braces or other appliances, it becomes even more important. This is because appliances, like braces, give food particles lots of places to hide and make it easier to stain the teeth. Here is what you need to know about brushing and flossing with braces.
Brushing with Braces
You should brush your teeth after every meal and before bed. Brushing should last two minutes and be done with a soft-bristled brush. Start by brushing the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth using circular motions and holding the brush at a 45-degree angle in relation to the gumline. Then use back-and-forth motions to clean the biting surfaces of the teeth. Be careful not to use a lot of pressure as this can damage your appliance.
Flossing With Braces
Flossing after each meal is an important part of keeping your teeth and braces clean and your gums healthy. With braces, this can be more difficult, so we suggest using a floss threader or specialized orthodontic floss for this. When flossing, use a gentle back and forth motion and get beneath the gumline. If you find flossing too difficult, we suggest purchasing a water flosser.