Patient instructions

Keeping a healthy smile

Braces create small ledges, nooks, and corners for food to collect, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you're wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won’t break or loosen them. Following these eating tips will also keep your appliances, and your smile, healthy.

Be sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed. It's best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. Your orthodontist may also prescribe a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent cavities. Try to brush like this:


.Start by brushing the outside of each tooth at least 10 times.

.Brush the inside surface of each tooth at least 10 times, too.

.Then brush where your gums and teeth meet.

You can click to see this video that demonstrates how I would like you to brush


Because your toothbrush won’t reach between your teeth, brushing alone won't keep your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing can help. A floss threader, available from your orthodontist or the nearby chemist, helps you floss with braces on. Floss once a day, like this:

.Thread floss through the threader and slip it up behind your archwire.

.Pull the floss between two teeth and up under your gum margins.

.Rinse with lots of clean water, and watch your teeth bands sparkle.

You can click to see this video that demonstrates how you can floss with a bonded retainer.