- Brush 2-3 times per day, preferably after each meal.
- At least 4-5 minutes, Don’t Rush
- Small circular motion for each tooth with sufficient force to remove food and plaque.
- Don’t forget brush the gums and tongue.
- Clean behind each wire and attempt to get brush in between teeth.
Your toothbrush will wear out quicker than usual so be sure to replace it when the bristles start to fray.
Flossing: Floss threaders will aid in maneuvering floss around brackets and wires
Office Recommended Products
- Toothbrushes: Soft bristles is best for orthodontic treatment Example: Oral-B, Butler, Reach
- Toothpastes: Any toothpaste with fluoride. Example: Crest, Colgate, Aqua Fresh, etc.
- Fluoride Rinses: After brushing rinse once per day as per instructions. Over the counter: ACT, Fluorigard, Prevident, Oral-B, Perioguard
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.