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Brushing and Flossing

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 orthodontic 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.

Brushing with Braces

Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taut floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!

flossing with braces

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It has been over a year since my braces were taken off, and I am still getting compliments on my teeth, EVERYDAY! I was likely one of his older clients, and my only regret is that I did not follow through with braces years ago! I have had 5 friends start braces since mine came off, and all have no regrets. Dr. Mulgrew and his staff are exceptional in all aspects!
My girls have been seeing Dr. Allan for the past 5 years. He is caring and kind with both the patients and their parents. He offers flexible payment options for those without dental plans. He tells it like it is and keeps the kids accountable for their treatment plan.
My experience with Dr. Smith was nothing less than amazing. She is a caring, gentle orthodontist who takes time to explain everything ensuring my family and myself were comfortable with the procedures I had. Dr. Smith is uplifting, humorous, kind and patient.