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Office Hours:
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thur: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Toothbrushing Techniques

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food compacts in the brackets and between your teeth, and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule. Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth and gum; brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Click here for visual instructions. Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A Waterpik can be a useful addition but it cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth. Sonicare toothbrushes are very helpful. Flossing is important and should be done every day.

Oral Hygine Instructions

It will be most important for you to take good care of your teeth while wearing braces. We will instruct you on good oral hygiene and bring to your attention during treatment any areas that you are neglecting. You should brush your teeth after every meal and every night right before you go to bed. Pay special attention to brushing the area between the band and the gum. (Be sure to massage the gum and clean "The Ledge"...this is where the trouble starts.) The braces do not cause decay. In fact, they protect the covered part of the tooth as long as the cement holds. They do give extra places for the food and bacteria to hide, so brush thoroughly. In order to maintain good dental health, please continue to see your general dentist for check-ups and cleaning on a regular six-month basis.

How To Brush

  1. Use a soft toothbrush.
  2. Begin by brushing the outside surfaces of the teeth by placing the toothbrush at the gum line and move in a slow, circular motion. Brush all around the braces.
  3. Brush the inside of the teeth with the same scrubbing motion.
  4. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth because plaque forms there too.
  5. Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth.
  6. Look closely in the mirror to be sure that all of your teeth and braces are clean and sparkle.
  7. It is highly recommended that you floss your teeth daily. Brushing helps to control pain and soreness as well as helping the teeth to move faster.