Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing after each meal is essential when wearing braces to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, or dental floss, please contact us so we can help you find the most appropriate products for your teeth and appliance.


Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for two minutes after each meal. You may also use a powered toothbrush to improve the efficacy of your brushing. Brush your teeth on the exterior and interior surfaces in tiny, gentle circular strokes, keeping the toothbrush head at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as the inner surfaces of your front teeth, using brief, gentle back-and-forth strokes. Keep an eye on the regions surrounding your brackets and other appliances.

brushing with braces


Flossing after each meal might help you remain on track with your treatment by keeping your teeth and braces clean. When flossing with braces, use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the floss ends over the pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of floss between them. Gently glide the floss between each set of teeth in a back-and-forth motion. To eliminate plaque and food particles, floss beneath the gum line on the sides of each tooth. Rep this method until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If your floss isn’t removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser.

flossing with braces