Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Oral Hygiene Overview

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Oral Hygiene Overview
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Brush after every meal.

An example of brushing lower jaw braces from below

Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

An example of brushing the gum line behind the upper front teeth

Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

An example of brushing the upper jaw braces from below

Brush every tooth slowly.

An example of brushing the upper jaw braces from above

Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.


Floss nightly after brushing to remove the plaque missed by brushing.

An example of flossing between teeth with braces

Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.

An example of flossing around braces brackets

Floss carefully around the braces.

An example of flossing around the gum with braces

Floss carefully around the gum area.

An second example of flossing between teeth with braces

Floss around each tooth.


Results

A case example of properly cleaned teeth after braces have been removed

Proper Oral Hygiene

A case example of improperly cleaned teeth after braces have been removed

Improper Brushing and Flossing