Brushing and Flossing
Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
Brushing and flossing after every meal is important when you have braces in order to reduce plaque buildup during your treatment. In some cases, braces-wearers can have two or three times more plaque buildup than non-braces wearers, which shows just how important good oral hygiene is. If you need help choosing a toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss, we are always happy to help you and can give suggestions.
We will give you a prescription toothpaste, called Prevident, which will help prevent white spots and cavities while your braces are on. This toothpaste should not be used on anyone under the age of 6, and should never be swallowed. Brush with a pea-sized amount thoroughly. Spit out the toothpaste and do not rinse.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing is very important during (and before, after) your treatment. Flossing helps remove plaque in places that you may have missed and in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. A floss threader or orthodontic floss may be used to floss the teeth, by threading it behind each wire.
Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers, leaving some floss in the middle. Gently slide the floss between each tooth using a back and forth motion. Always remember to get beneath the gum line, as this is crucial in removing plaque. If you don’t believe your floss is getting the job done properly, let us know and we may suggest a water flosser, which uses a stream of water to floss the teeth!