Brushing and Flossing

Helpful brushing tips with braces:

  • Insert floss behind the archwire.
  • Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with and up-and-down motion.
  • Floss between all teeth once a day.
  • Use a soft toothbrush.
  • Start brushing on the upper right.
  • Brush above and below the braces using a small circular motion.
  • Slowly work your brush toward the front teeth and over to the left side.
  • Then brush the insides and biting surfaces. Take your time.
  • Starting on the right side, brush the outside of the lower teeth. Using the circular brushing motion, brush above the teeth and braces are sparkling clean. Move the brush slowly toward the front and left side. Then brush the insides and tops of the teeth.

 After braces:

  • Excellent brushing and flossing = healthy gums and beautiful teeth.
  • Poor brushing and flossing = decay, sore and swollen gums and white spots on permanent teeth.