Brushing and flossing are integral to good oral hygiene, so it is important to know how to perform these activities while you are going through your braces treatment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics offer hygiene tips and braces treatments to our patients in Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
Why is Brushing and Flossing with Braces Important?
Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining good oral health. However, braces can make these activities more difficult, since you’ll have appliances in the way of your teeth. It is important to know the proper brushing and flossing techniques so that your teeth can remain healthy throughout the duration of your braces treatment. If you need help selecting the appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss, we’ll be happy to recommend the best products.
Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
We recommend that patients brush their teeth after every meal to ensure that any bits of food are removed. Every time you brush, you should be brushing for two full minutes, positioning the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. It is important to cover all areas of the teeth, including the inside surfaces, outside surfaces, and the chewing surfaces. It is most effective to brush in small and gentle circular patterns, and many patients choose to use an electric toothbrush to increase efficacy. We advise patients to pay special attention to the areas surrounding the brackets, as food often gets caught in these areas.
Flossing Your Teeth with Braces
When flossing, we recommend using a floss threader to maneuver the floss behind the wires of your braces. Once the floss is threaded between the teeth, gently slide the floss back and forth to remove any plaque and food residue. It is important to make sure that you floss between all your teeth because it is especially easy for food and plaque to build up while you have braces. Flossing after every meal is a great way to ensure good oral health and minimize plaque build up during your braces treatment.
Brushing and flossing are both important parts of a good oral health regimen. If you have any problems or questions regarding flossing or brushing with braces, don’t hesitate to contact us. At the Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics, we proudly serve patients from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.