Brushing with Braces

After every meal, it is important to brush your teeth to ensure no food particles remain. When brushing you can either use an electronic toothbrush or a standard brush. If you choose to use a standard brush, you must brush in a circular motion. Work your way toward the chewing surfaces an then your brackets. Once complete, brush the areas between your gums and brackets with the bristles tilted away from your gums. 

Proxy brushes can eliminate any other lingering food particles. Proxy brushes are a cheaper alternative to water picks. Water picks can help to remove plaque and food stuck in your teeth in hard to reach areas. Both of these products are sold in your local pharmacies. 


Flossing is really important and needs to be done at least once a day after brushing. Start by cutting a piece about 24 inches long. After this, wrap the piece around your two middle fingers and secure it with your thumbs. This technique is used to floss the upper teeth. When flossing the lower teeth, use your index finger. 

Once the piece of floss is set up, move the piece in a c motion and make sure to be gentle. Make sure to floss all of your teeth, including your molars. Once all your teeth have been flossed, rinse out your mouth with water.