Brushing Procedures

You should brush after every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.

Before Brushing:

  • Your toothbrush should have a small head and soft bristles.
  • Brush in the morning, before bed, and after meals.
  • If you can’t brush after meals, be sure and do a good rinsing with water in your mouth after meals. You may want to carry a travel toothbrush with you so you can brush after meals no matter where you are.
  • It is important to brush very thoroughly for at least three minutes once a day.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.

While Brushing:

  • Turn the toothbrush at an angle.
  • Brush over the front and back and chewing areas of each tooth.
  • Use slow, circular motions.
  • Brush thoroughly over your orthodontic wires and brackets, getting between them and cleaning as much of the surface as possible.
  • Brush your gums as well as your teeth.
  • Brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue.

After Brushing: 

  • Be sure and look at your teeth very thoroughly in the mirror to make sure you have gotten rid of all the plaque on your teeth.
  • Brush more than once at a time if necessary to remove plaque.

Additional items can be used to keep your teeth clean:

  • A fluoride mouth rinse or gel.
  • An interproximal brush.
  • Other interdental cleaners recommended by your orthodontist

Flossing Procedures

Floss at least once a day to remove hard to reach particles between teeth and plaque that toothbrush misses.

  1. Carefully pull floss between wire and braces. A floss threader will be needed. Ask our clinic assistants to show you how to use a floss threader for flossing around the braces.
  2. Floss carefully around the braces.
  3. Floss carefully around the gum area.
  4. Floss carefully around each tooth. Make sure to rinse your mouth out afterwards to remove anything loosened by the floss.