Successful orthodontic treatment - a healthy and beautiful smile - is the
result of a team effort between you, Dr. Elison, and your family dentist.
You as the patient play the key part. Most importantly, you must keep your
teeth clean and maintain good dental hygiene while you are wearing braces.
Right now, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. But
it’s well worth it, and will help you enjoy the best possible results from
your orthodontic treatment.
How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush your teeth, gums, and braces thoroughly at least twice a day
until they are spotless. If possible, brush after each time you eat a meal
or snack. If brushing is not possible after eating, be sure to at least rinse
your mouth well with water until you can brush. Carrying a travel toothbrush
can be helpful when brushing away from home.
Flossing should be once a day. This takes a little extra time, so you may
want to do it at night before you go to bed.
How do I brush with braces?
Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, rounded-bristle that is in good
condition. Because braces wear out a toothbrush quickly, replace your
toothbrush as soon as you see signs of wear.
Brush around all the parts of your braces and every surface of your
teeth-fronts, sides, back. Be sure to brush tongue and roof of the mouth.
A good way to tell if you are brushing correctly is if your braces look
clean and shiny and you can see the edges of the brackets clearly.
Brush your gums gently and thoroughly.
Rinse thoroughly after brushing.
Inspect your teeth and braces carefully to make sure they are spotless.
Look closely in a well-lighted mirror. Thisc is a good time to check for
loose or broken brackets. If you find a problem, contact our office to see
if it needs to be checked by Dr. Elison and if time needs to be scheduled
to get it repaired.
How do I floss with braces?
When flossing with braces on, it might be necessary to use what's called
a floss threader. This reusable tool allows you to get dental floss
underneath your arch wire easily.
Make sure you clean carefully along and under the gum-lines.
Flossing with braces may seem like a difficult process, but it’s very
important. And as with anything, a little practice will make it go a lot
faster. You may also use an inter-proximal brush, a powered toothbrush, a
water irrigator, and prescription fluoride toothpaste or rinse to make
brushing easier and efficient.
It’s important that you take especially good care of your teeth during
orthodontic treatment. By brushing and flossing regularly, you'll keep your
teeth and gums in top condition and ensure that your orthodontic treatment
will deliver the healthiest smile possible. When your braces comes off,
you'll see that your extra efforts have been rewarded with a healthy,
great-looking smile that's good for life.