Tips for Proper Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Brushing and Flossing with Braces by Michael Bryant Orthodontics in Windsor Mill, MD

Brushing and flossing with braces can be a challenge, but it’s crucial to maintaining your oral health. Once you master the proper techniques for brushing and flossing with braces, you’ll be able to keep your wires and brackets free from pieces of food or plaque buildup. Here are some helpful pointers to keep in mind.

What Is the Most Effective Method of Brushing with Braces?

Brushing with braces is simple once you get the hang of it. Here’s some helpful hints for effective teeth cleaning:

  • Select a toothbrush that’s the right size for fitting easily in all areas of your mouth.
  • An electric toothbrush can help you brush more easily and more thoroughly.
  • A soft bristle brush will be less likely to injure your gums.
  • Many people fail to brush long enough for effective teeth cleaning. You should typically spend at least sixty seconds brushing your top teeth and sixty seconds brushing your bottom teeth.
  • Excessively vigorous brushing can damage your teeth, so brush gently.
  • Apply toothpaste to a dry brush.
  • Brush top teeth starting at the gumline in a downward motion.
  • Use a circular motion to brush each upper tooth’s gumline.
  • When brushing bottom teeth, brush up from the gumline.
  • Brush up and down instead of side to side to cut down on wear and tear of tooth enamel.
  • Clean all tooth surfaces thoroughly.
  • Fluoride toothpaste without extra whitening ingredients is best for your teeth.
  • Throw away your toothbrush and purchase a new one every three months or even sooner if it begins to look worn out.

The importance of brushing with braces can’t be overstressed. By following the steps listed above you’ll go a long way toward keeping your bite bright throughout your orthodontic treatment.

What Is the Most Effective Method of Flossing with Braces?

Flossing with braces requires a specific method if you want it to be thorough. To floss effectively with braces, you can:

  • Push floss between your archwires and your teeth to begin flossing.
  • Move the floss back and forth between your teeth and gums.
  • Use unwaxed floss.
  • Use a floss threader.
  • Use a mirror so you can clearly see the areas that you’re flossing.
  • Clean carefully around archwires and braces.
  • Replace floss if it starts to fray.
  • Floss teeth evenly and gently.
  • Since molars tend to incur greater amounts of plaque buildup, be sure to floss them thoroughly.

When you’re brushing and flossing with braces, you’re protecting your teeth from tooth decay while your braces work to straighten your teeth. The result can be a brilliant, eye-catching smile and long-lasting oral health. Contact our office if you’d like further instruction on effective brushing your teeth and flossing with braces.