Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
Everyone needs to brush and floss regularly for healthy teeth and gums, but patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment at our Great Neck, NY office are urged to be especially careful to brush and floss regularly to prevent cavities and permanent staining to their teeth.
Brushing and flossing after every meal removes food particles, which the bacteria in your mouth use as fuel to produce the acids that damage your teeth. By brushing and flossing for three to four minutes, you can keep your mouth clean and your orthodontic treatment on track.
If you have any questions about brushing and flossing while undergoing treatment at Kalimian Orthodontics, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Kalimian or a member of his team!
Brushing with Braces
Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taught floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!