Brushing & Flossing With Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

brushing and flossing with bracesBrushing and flossing your braces properly is important for your oral hygiene and smile, but you are probably wondering what’s the best way to do that?

Begin with your basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective. Used carefully, your electric toothbrush can also work just as well. Be sure your electric toothbrush is set to a moderate power level, and don’t let its vibrations cause the back of the brush to hit your brackets or braces!

Brushing With Braces

In addition to regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, you may encounter difficulty cleaning the areas near brackets and wires, there are some special tools that can help here. One of these tools is the interdental toothbrush, or proxabrush. It has a small tuft of bristles that stick up all around, like a pipe cleaner. Use it gently and carefully to clean the tiny spaces under your wires and around your bands and brackets.

Another special cleaning tool is the  “water pik.” This device shoots a small stream of pressurized water at your teeth, which can help dislodge bits of food that become trapped in nooks and crannies. While it’s easy to use, an oral irrigator isn’t a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss — but when used along with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very effective.

Flossing With Braces

Flossing is extremely important to maintaining a healthy radiant smile with braces. To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, you need to floss at least once per day. But how do you get floss under the archwire of your braces? With the help of a floss threader this becomes an easy task. Using this device is somewhat like threading a needle: You pull one end of floss through the threader, and then push the threader, carrying with it the free end of the floss, under the archwire. Now grasp the floss on each end and slide it up and down the sides of both teeth as well as all the way under the gums until you hear a squeaky sound. Finally, pull it out and use a new section of floss for the next area.

Invisalign Aligners

Your Invisalign aligners are a unique form of orthodontic treatment. Maintenance for this option is relatively simple. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you will be able to brush and floss just like you normally do without braces! Remember to maintain the 2 minute rule of thumb to keep your smile shining. To find out more tips on oral hygiene, speak with Dr. Mazzei at your next appointment.



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