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Brushing & Flossing

Brushing Your Teeth and Appliances

With appliances, it’s even more important to brush after meals to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment; flossing only has to be once a day.  Your oral hygiene matters so much to us that it's the first thing we check when you come in for your appointments!  Did you know that in addition to cavities, poor hygiene can actually slow down your orthodontic progress?  If you ever need a review on techniques just ask!  Check out some of our handy tips below.

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Brushing Instructions
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    Step 1

    Angle your toothbrush to your gums.

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    Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion or back and forth, focusing on 2 teeth at a time.

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    Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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    Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

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    Step 5

    Remember to use your Christmas tree brush each time you brush. This removes plaque and debris under the wire between all the braces. This should be done even if you use an electric brush.
     

  • Tip: Electric brushes and manual brushes work equally well, as long as you focus on proper technique and time.
  • Tip: Brush right after dinner - don't wait when you're really tired!
  • Tip: Brush your front teeth first and focus on them in pairs
     

Flossing Instructions (Braces)
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    Step 1

    Use a piece of floss about 18 inches long threaded on a floss threader. Pass the threader under the wire.

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    Step 2

    Carefully pass the floss between the teeth towards the gumline.

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    Step 3

    Carefully floss under the gum where the plaque hides.

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    Step 4

    Carefully floss around each tooth.

  • Tip: Other wonderful alternatives found in pharmacies and grocery stores include the Platypus Flosser or SuperFloss.
  • Tip: Floss your top teeth after school, and your bottom teeth after dinner; that way you won't be tempted to skip it when you're tired before bed!

Brushing Aligners
Your aligners should be nearly as clean at the end of 2 weeks as they were when you opened them on Day 1.  Even though they are plastic, they can accumulate plaque.  After brushing your teeth, rinse your toothbrush and brush the aligners for 2 minutes.  Rinse only with cold water.  Warm water can distort your aligners.  An electric toothbrush works great with a whitening toothpaste!  (We don't advise soaking them in mouthwash.)
 

Brushing and Flossing Expanders & Space Maintainers
Be sure to keep all the parts of these appliances clean.  For expanders, we recommend having a basic WaterPik to help loosen debris, prior to brushing.  When brushing your expander, be sure to clean the screw, the plastic and the wires.  With Space Maintainers such as lingual arches, Nance appliances, or band and loops, be sure sure to brush the band, wires and any plastic parts. Believe it or not, you can actually floss routinely with any of these!

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