Cleaning With Braces

You are AMAZING, and we want your teeth to look amazing too! So we’ll do our best to make them Straight and Symmetrical. But we need you to help keep them Healthy and Happy. Please consider these tips when taking care of your Teeth while you have braces:

Brush for 2 FULL MINUTES and Two to THREE times per day (Morning, Noon, and Night) and make sure to get all the following Hi Five Areas:

1. Brush on Top of the Brackets really well. Use gentle circles to get all around.

TIP: an Electric toothbrush might be a great option. It helps with those circular motions you need and can really loosen up the sticky plaque.

2. Brush ABOVE and BELOW the bracket. Get the Bristles in all the little corners.

3. Brush the BITING surface of your teeth as well as the TONGUE side.

4. BRUSH THE GUMS! *THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMONLY MISSED SPOTS SO BE VERY CAREFUL TO BRUSH YOUR GUMS WELL! Plague love to hide here!

TIP: Disclosing Tablets can be very helpful in seeing any plaque left on the teeth. Brush again to get rid of the colored plaque left behind.

5. Floss & Clean in-between each tooth. IT’S IMPORTANT! Here’s some options:

Floss Threaders & Floss – “Floss is the Boss”

Tear off about 8-10 in. floss
Slide Floss Threader under the wire
Pull floss Through & Clean, Clean, Clean
Slide out the front (each tooth)

PLATYPUS FLOSSER – Not quite as thorough as a regular floss, but good in a pinch

PROXYBRUSH – just slide between each brace to get any pesky food after meals

WATERPIK – a really GREAT compliment to flossing. It shouldn’t replace flossing but it’s really a great option to clean those hard to reach places!

TIP: Rinse with Mouthrinse and/or you can put a dilution of mouthrinse right in your Waterpik reservoir! Minty Clean ☺

IMPORTANT: Sometimes a Dental Cleaning every 3 months is a good idea. While most healthcare providers recommend cleanings every 6 months, braces can add a new element to cleaning. So don’t be surprised if we recommend more regular cleanings. Just ask your dentist how to make that possible.

Let’s keep those teeth health and avoid Decalcification (White spots or “scars”). Onset of this can be very rapid and once it can be seen it’s TOO LATE!