Brushing & Flossing with Braces

Patient Resources
Feb 28, 2020


Welcome to Hera Z Blazer, DDS, your trusted source of premier dental services in the field of orthodontics. We understand the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene, especially while undergoing treatment with braces. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with useful tips and techniques to ensure proper brushing and flossing with braces.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces

Oral hygiene is crucial for everyone, but it becomes even more vital when wearing braces. Braces create small spaces where food particles and plaque can easily accumulate. Failing to maintain proper oral care can lead to various dental issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even demineralization of enamel.

Brushing Techniques for Braces

When it comes to brushing with braces, the key is thoroughness. Follow these steps to ensure an effective cleaning routine:

Step 1: Gather the right tools

Make sure you have a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and interdental brushes or floss threaders specifically designed for braces.

Step 2: Start with rinsing

Rinse your mouth with water to remove any loose debris and to make the brushing process more comfortable.

Step 3: Brush gently and systematically

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and clean each tooth individually. Pay extra attention to the brackets, wires, and gums. Utilize gentle, circular motions to remove plaque and food particles.

Step 4: Don't forget the gumline

Brush the gumline, as this area is prone to plaque buildup. Be gentle but thorough with your strokes.

Step 5: Clean the brackets and wires

Use an interdental brush or floss threader to clean the areas between the brackets and wires. This ensures that no debris is left behind.

Step 6: Rinse and inspect

Rinse your mouth again to remove any remaining toothpaste or debris. Inspect your teeth to ensure they are clean and free from any visible residue.

Flossing Techniques for Braces

Flossing with braces may seem challenging at first, but with the right technique, it becomes a routine part of your oral care regimen.

Step 1: Use the right tools

Choose either traditional floss with a floss threader or specialized orthodontic floss. Both options can effectively remove plaque and debris from the areas braces often trap.

Step 2: Thread the floss

If you are using traditional floss, thread it carefully under the wire and between the teeth using a floss threader. Secure both ends of the floss, ensuring a firm grip.

Step 3: Clean gently

Guide the floss between your teeth, moving it up and down while carefully hugging each tooth. Be cautious not to snap or force the floss, as this can damage the wires or loosen the brackets.

Step 4: Repeat and dispose

Continue flossing each tooth, using a clean section of floss for each interdental space. Once finished, dispose of the used floss properly.

Step 5: Rinse and rinse again

Rinse your mouth thoroughly after flossing to remove any lingering particles or debris.

Tips for Optimal Oral Hygiene with Braces

Along with your brushing and flossing routine, consider the following tips to maintain optimal oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment:

  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to further reduce bacteria and plaque levels.
  • Avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage the wires or brackets.
  • Attend regular dental check-ups to ensure your braces are in good condition and to address any concerns promptly.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush, as it can provide more efficient cleaning and minimize the risk of missing any areas.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages to prevent tooth decay.
  • If additional orthodontic tools, such as rubber bands, are part of your treatment, follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist carefully.

Contact Hera Z Blazer, DDS for Comprehensive Orthodontic Care

At Hera Z Blazer, DDS, we are dedicated to providing you with top-quality orthodontic care. We understand the challenges of maintaining oral hygiene while wearing braces, and our team is here to help. If you have any questions or concerns about brushing, flossing, or other aspects of orthodontic care, please don't hesitate to contact us. Take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile throughout your orthodontic journey.