Oral Hygiene

Girl brushing braces with proxabrush

Oral hygiene with braces

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.

You’ll also need to be careful about what you eat to prevent breaking your braces or bending the wires.

Brushing instructions

brushing diagram

Brushing: step 1

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

brushing diagram

Brushing: step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

brushing diagram

Brushing: step 3

Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

brushing diagram

Brushing: step 4

Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing instructions

flossing diagram

Flossing: step 1

Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.

flossing diagram

Flossing: step 2

Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

flossing diagram

Flossing: step 3

Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

flossing diagram

Flossing: step 4

Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

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