My Invisalign treatment Journey

Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to brush & floss braces

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Tooth Brushing

Tooth Brushing

When:   2 times per day and rinse after each meal.

With:   A soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

How:   Use  a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste. Use circular motions  around the gum lines and the surfaces of your teeth, 10 Seconds on each  tooth. At an angle, work bristles of brush over, under and past the  wire that runs From one tooth to another. Then brush the chewing  surfaces of your teeth and brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth  as well. Rinse thoroughly.

Dental Flossing

When:   At least 3 times a week.

With:   Dental floss and floss threader.

How:   Insert  floss into threader. Place threader between gums or under the wire.  Floss using an up and down motion along the teeth. When you are  finished look in the mirror to be sure your teeth and braces are shiny  and your gums are firm. If your gums are sore and/or bleeding, rinse  them with salt water. These problems will quickly disappear with proper  oral hygiene.

Additional Aides to Keep Your Teeth Clean and Healthy

      * Water pik
      * Anti-plaque, pre-brushing rinse
      * A fluoride rinse or gel for extra protection
      * Interplak or Rotadent mechanical toothbrushes

Waterpik Tip

The Waterpik can be an incredible help when cleaning a permanent retainer or traditional bracket style braces. I definitely recommend getting the more powerful counter top model. You'll find that after a few uses, not only will it be easier to clean between teeth, but your gums will be healthier as well.

I watch some TV, I've found it to be effective to sit down in front of the TV daily with a toothbrush without toothpaste, and massage the teeth and gums with the toothbrush bristles for about 30 minutes. Thirty minutes gives you plenty of time to do a good job, and makes TV time more productive. Brushing while listening to music or studying is also accptable. The most important time to brush is just before going to bed.  So PLEASE take your time and do it right♥.


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