Caring for your Braces

Caring for Your Braces

Braces trap food. This promotes plaque formation which can lead to gum disease and cavities. With the daily use of effective oral hygiene techniques, plaque build-up can be limited. If you’re new to braces learning about caring for braces is very important. We offer one on one brushing and caring instructions the day the braces go on.

The foundation of good oral hygiene is effective brushing. This is done with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled brush. Brushing should be done after every meal and snack and should be done slowly and carefully. When it comes to caring for braces, it is important to not only brush the braces but also brush both the inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

All new full braces patients receive a Crest Oral B- 2000 electric toothbrush kit.

Steps to Effective Brushing

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    Step 1

    Holding the brush straight against the braces, scrub in small circles 10 times.

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    Step 2

    Holding the brush at an angle towards the chewing surface, scrub in small circles 10 times.

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    Step 3

    Holding the brush straight against the braces, scrub in small circles 10 times.Flossing with bracesOther cleaning techniques

Flossing with Braces

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    Version 1

    Flossing with braces should be done once a day. A floss threader is very helpful in getting the floss under the arch wire.

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    Version 2

    Another way to floss with braces is to use superfloss. One end is a floss threader and the other end can be used for flossing.

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    Version 3

    The floss should be moved up and down along the sides of the teeth and under the gumline to remove the plaque.

Other Cleaning Techniques

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    Proxy Brush

    This brush removes dental plaque from hard-to-reach places. Ideal around crowns, bridges, dental implants, and orthodontic appliances.

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    Sulca Brush

    A Sulca Brush is perfect for cleaning specific, difficult-to-reach areas between crowns, bridgework and crowded teeth.