Brushing and flossing with braces can be a challenge, but we are here for you.
Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Always use a soft toothbrush. Start brushing on the upper right using small circular motions.
Make sure to Angle the toothbrush to brush above and below the braces.
Slowly work your brush toward the front teeth and over to the left side. Also, brush the insides of the teeth and biting surfaces.
Next, use the same circular motion and angling techniques to brush the lower teeth. It may take longer than the typical two minutes to ensure all teeth and braces have been thoroughly cleaned. Take your time.
Flossing Daily for Great Oral Care
1. Pass floss threader under the arch wire
2. Pull up on the threader to get floss behind the arch wire.
3. Gently pull floss between teeth and clean size of teeth and under gums by cupping the floss around the tooth like a “C” and moving floss with an up and down motion.
If flossing becomes extremely difficult, you may want to look into a generic Waterpik to accompany traditional flossing.
Also try to use mouth rinses a few times a day as well to flush out plaque and bacteria.
4 Things You Can Do to Shorten Your Treatment Time.
1. Keep your appointments and being on time.
2. Try not to break your appliances. Broken appliances can stop or reverse treatment progress.
3. Make sure to wear your elastics and appliances as instructed
4. Keeping your teeth and braces clean. All efforts should be focused on designing your new smiles, clean teeth with healthy gums.
Remember Clean Teeth with Healthy Gums Move the fastest.
We hope these tips on How to Brush and Floss with Braces helps.
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