Step 1: Use an inter-proximal brush to clean between each bracket, under the wire. This will help remove any large pieces of food that may be stuck in your braces.
Step 2: Use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth and brackets. Tilt the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to make sure you clean the portion of the brackets and teeth near the gums.
NOTE: While you are in orthodontic treatment, you should brush your teeth after each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and again right before you go to bed.
Step 3: Floss between every tooth. Use the reusable floss threaders provided by our office to help get the floss under the wire.
NOTE: Flossing with braces takes more time (and patience). Flossing is an important step in proper oral hygiene because it removes plaque and food debris from between teeth. These areas cannot be cleaned properly with a toothbrush.