Brushing and Flossing with Braces


It's imperative to keep a clean and healthy smile year-round, but when you have braces, brushing and flossing your teeth may become a bit more difficult. As your orthodontist serving Little Italy, we want to make sure you have all the information needed to successfully brush and floss your teeth while you have braces.

Brushing with braces.

Brushing With Braces

You should always brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes after each meal or snack. Use a soft-bristled and small-headed toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste to remove all possible plaque. Using small and gentle circular motions, try to reach all the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth. Some other tips include:

  • Gumline First: Try to brush your gumline before your teeth as they are not as affected by the braces.
  • Angling: Make sure your toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle when brushing your teeth to get the brush in and around the wires and brackets. This will help get most of the tooth's surface and help remove plaque and food debris.

Flossing With Braces

Interdental toothbrush.

Flossing gives you the ability to remove more plaque and food out of your braces than you can normally reach with just brushing. Flossing after each time you eat gives you the ability to keep your braces and teeth clean, ultimately making monthly appointments to your orthodontist near Little Italy seamless. We recommend using a floss threader when you have braces to gain access to all the hard-to-reach areas.

  • Use The Correct Amount: Make sure you use roughly 18 inches of floss at a time because you should be flossing each tooth with a clean section.
  • Thread Carefully: When you take the floss and thread it through your teeth, make sure you are careful with the wires and gently floss in the areas your toothbrush can't reach.

Visit Your Orthodontist As Recommended

Flossing braces.

You should always visit your orthodontist when you have braces, as often as they recommend. Your orthodontist will adjust your braces and make sure everything looks status quo. In addition to the orthodontist visits, you need to visit your dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings. These cleanings are imperative when you have braces because a dentist's tools are able to remove maximum plaque and pinpoint the areas that need more attention when you're brushing and flossing at home.

Contact Us Today

It's important to take extra care of your oral hygiene when you have braces. Brush twice a day or more if needed and floss with the threader to get the hard-to-reach areas. If you are due for an appointment, contact our orthodontist serving Little Italy today and we will make sure to get something scheduled.

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