It is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, Drs. Sellke & Reily can help you choose the right products for your teeth an appliance. Our orthodontists are also happy to provide information and instruction for practicing good oral hygiene while wearing braces. Please call us today for more information about dental hygiene with braces.

While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you maintain good oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene may be a bit more difficult with braces, but it is important that you take good care of your smile so you can prevent dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and demineralization. If left untreated, these problems can cause more serious oral health issues, and they can prolong your orthodontic treatment.

To keep your smile healthy while you have braces, our dentist encourages you to follow these guidelines:

  • Brush your teeth at least three times every day. Brush after every meal, and if you eat a sugary snack in between meals, it is best to brush again.
  • Use an interproximal brush to help clean around the brackets and wires. This can help to clean spots that your toothbrush might have a hard time reaching because of your braces.
  • Floss at least once every day. Using a floss threader can make is easier to thread the floss behind the wire of your braces.
  • Rinse your teeth with water every time you clean your teeth. Based on your specific needs, we may recommend a specialized rinse.
  • Pay attention to the list of foods to avoid with braces. This can help to keep your smile healthy and avoid damage to your braces.

Brushing Instructions

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Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.


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Brush gently in a circular motion.


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


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


Flossing Instructions

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Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.


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Carefully floss around the braces.


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Carefully floss around the gum areas.


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Carefully floss around each tooth.