Oral Hygiene

Brushing and Flossing With Braces

Starting your braces treatment is an exciting time. Before your teeth begin aligning for a healthier smile, it's crucial to know how to brush and floss with braces to keep your smile clean and healthy. While brushing and flossing with braces may require additional time and patience, you will have a beautiful, sparkling smile after your treatment.

Why Is Cleaning Your Teeth With Braces So Important?

While your braces' brackets and wires work hard to align your smile properly, you must still practice oral hygiene for healthy teeth. Brushing and flossing become even more critical during your braces treatment to prevent plaque buildup and stain outlines on your teeth.

Some additional benefits of cleaning your teeth with braces include:

  • Preventing cavities where the braces attach to the teeth
  • Improving the comfort levels of your braces
  • Keeping your gums healthy

Brushing With Braces

To clean your teeth while wearing braces, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and move it in small circles to clean any food particles trapped in your gum line or on your teeth's upper, lower, inside, and outside surfaces. Before rinsing, brush the roof of your mouth and tongue to prevent bad breath.

We recommend brushing your teeth at the following times to keep your braces and teeth as clean as possible:

  • Breakfast time
  • Lunchtime or after school
  • Dinnertime
  • Before going to bed

Flossing With Braces

Flossing is a great way to clean areas your toothbrush may have difficulty reaching. We recommend flossing your teeth daily before going to bed for a clean and healthy smile.

If you have a floss threader, use the device to place floss under the archwire and gently move it up and down along your teeth while being careful not to put excessive pressure on your archwire. You will hear a squeaking sound when your tooth is clean. After flossing between your archwire and braces, start flossing your other teeth. 

To floss without the help of a floss threader, perform the following steps:

  1. Pull the amount of floss you need from the dispenser. You should be able to wrap the majority around your index finger and a small section around another finger with two inches of floss between your fingers.
  2. Place the floss between two teeth, move it up to the gums, and then back down to pull out plaque and food.
  3. As you move on your other teeth, unwrap clean floss from your index finger until you use all the clean floss.
  4. Take a few seconds to floss behind your back molars as well.

Request a Free Orthodontic Exam Today!

At Nicolas Orthodontics, we help all our patients achieve a bright, healthy smile they can show off for years to come. 

Request a free orthodontic exam today to take the first steps towards a straighter smile. Call 561-361-5665 to visit our Boca Raton, Florida, office and 561-210-9090 for our Boynton Beach, Florida, office. We look forward to helping your smile shine!

"Dr. Nicolas is a pleasure to work with. He is great with his patients and explains everything completely. The office is immaculate, the staff is friendly and accommodating. He and his staff work very hard to keep appointments on schedule. We are very pleased with the results! I highly recommend him as an orthodontist! Thank you Dr. Nicolas."
— Karen
"Best Orthodontist ever! We spoke about my options the first day I went to see him. He sent me to a Prosthodontist to assist in my care. He also chose my oral surgeon. I had jaw surgery one year ago and got my braces off in October. My teeth look amazing!! I have referred friends that are wanting to get braces or get their children braces to Dr. Nicolas. I am soooo glad I chose him. Very sweet doctor"
— Kim
"Dr. Nicolas is very professional and dedicated to his work. You can tell that he loves what he does and cares about his patients. He believes that orthodontics is an art and he can make masterpiece. Thank you for changing my life and turning my ugly smile into my best feature!"
— Veronica
"I want to say that he is the best orthodontist I have ever dealt with. He told my daughter when she would have her braces off and delivered. He has the best bedside manner you would want in a orthodontist. He and his office make you feel like a person not a number. Very professional and caring. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a orthodontist. Best in Florida by my opinion."
— Dee
"Dr. Nicolas is the best, my smile looks great! I’m very happy with the results, his new office is beautiful and the staff is so nice and friendly."
— Gaby
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