Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing is always important for a healthy and attractive smile. However, it is more important than ever before when you are wearing braces. Brackets and wires give food particles more places to hide, making it easier for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth staining to occur. They also make brushing and flossing a little more complicated.

Brushing With Braces

After every meal, you need to brush for two minutes using a brush that has soft bristles and a small head. Fluoride toothpaste should be used. The inside and outside tooth surfaces need the brush held at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and small circular motions should be used. Be gentle, as braces are delicate. For the chewing surfaces, use short back-and-forth strokes.

Flossing with Braces

It is best to floss after every meal. To floss with ease, use either a floss threader or a water pick. Out of these two options, the water pick is easiest, though you may need both so you can floss outside the home. Be gentle and be sure to get up along the gum line.