Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Keeping your teeth clean: A must during orthodontic treatment (PDF)

Oral Hygiene Overview

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Oral Hygiene Overview
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Brush after every meal.

Brushing with Braces
Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

Brushing with Braces
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush every tooth slowly.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss nightly and use your proxy brush after brushing to remove the plaque missed by toothbrushing.  Orthodontic floss picks can be used by placing the thin side against your teeth and push it under the wire.  Use your fluoride rinse twice a day after brushing and flossing.

Flossing with Braces
Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.

Flossing with Braces
Floss carefully around the braces.

Orthodontic Flossing
Floss carefully around the gum area.

Orthodontic Flossing
Floss around each tooth.

Results

Proper Oral Hygiene photo
Proper Oral Hygiene

Poor Oral Hygiene photo
Improper Brushing and Flossing