Dental Hygiene Habits



Practicing healthy oral hygiene habits is important for people of all ages, especially those undergoing orthodontic treatment; the appliances as braces trap and collect food particles easily. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to keep teeth squeaky clean while wearing braces but with a little extra diligence, your smile will maintain its optimal health.

We recommend brushing after each meal to ensure there are no food particles are left behind. Using a soft bristle toothbrush, place the brush toward the inner surface of your teeth near your tongue. As you begin to brush in a circular motion work your way toward chewing surfaces and finally toward your brackets. Once you have done this for all your teeth, brush the areas between your gums and brackets with the bristles tilted away from your gums. Additional dental tools can be used to ensure your teeth and gums are as clean as possible. A proxy brush can be used to push out any lingering food particles. Water picks are a great investment as their purpose is to remove food and plaque from hard to reach areas.

Initially, flossing will seem tedious with your braces since there is a wire in the way of where you would normally floss. Simply feed one end of the floss underneath the wire of your braces to reach into the spaces between the brackets. With a gentle force slip the floss in between your teeth, as you normally would without braces.