Brushing, Step 3:

Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Flossing, Step 1:

Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

Brushing, Step 2:

Brush gently in a circular motion.

Flossing, Step 3:

Carefully floss around the gum areas.


How to Brush with Braces

  • Brush thoroughly after each time you eat a meal or snack. If you cannot brush right away after a meal, be sure to rinse your mouth with water.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft, rounded-bristle toothbrush.
  • Braces wear out a toothbrushe quickly, so be sure to replace it as soon as it shows signs of wear.
  • Brush around all the parts of your braces and every surface of your teeth.
  • You’re doing a good job if your braces look clean and shiny, and you are able to see the edges of the brackets clearly. Fuzzy-looking or dull metal indicates poor brushing.

How to Floss with Braces

  • Floss every night before you go to bed
  • Use a floss threader. This reusable tool allows you to get dental floss underneath the wires easily.


Flossing, Step 2:

Carefully floss around the braces.

Brushing, Step 4:

Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing, Step 1:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Flossing, Step 4:

Carefully floss around each tooth.

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