Brushing and Flossing

Brushing

Patients wearing braces need to be persistent when it comes to keeping their braces, teeth and gums clean. By following your orthodontist’s instructions on oral hygiene, you can maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

Whether you are wearing Invisalign, clear braces, metal braces, or lingual (Incognito), proper hygiene and healthy gums will allow for optimum tooth movement.

Patients should brush their teeth properly after every meal and snack. We kindly ask to keep a toothbrush handy, to enable brushing at school or work, after lunch. Patients will also need to replace their toothbrush more frequently, since the braces will make it wear down quicker.

Flossing

Flossing at least once a day will help keep your orthodontic appliance clean and gums healthy.

Rinsing

An antiseptic dental rinse can aid in soothing and healing irritation and inflammation caused by orthodontic appliances. A mouth rinse can also remove food and debris between teeth and braces.

Interdental

An interdental toothbrush can be used to clean areas under wires and between braces that a regular toothbrush may miss.

Retainer

It is best to brush your retainer as often as you brush your teeth as plaque and food particles can build up on your retainer over time. You should soak your retainer in denture cleaning solution once a day.