Now that your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment. Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferably after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing while Wearing Braces

Brushing while Wearing BracesDuring orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth morning, throughout the day as needed & nightly to avoid accumulation of food in your teeth and braces:


Flossing while Wearing Braces

Flossing while Wearing BracesFlossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day. We recommend flossing at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed.

Use a reusable floss threader to floss under your archwire. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader, and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. Use care around your archwire, and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it.  

Using an Interdental Toothbrush

Using an Interdental ToothbrushAn interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush is used to clean underneath and around your archwires and braces. Please use the interdental toothbrush gently to avoid damaging your wires.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Removable ApplianceBrush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Food and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, so clean the appliance daily. Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature, and soak your appliance as needed.