Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Oral Hygiene Overview

For a brief overview of oral hygiene tips, please click on the image below. It will launch our educational module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about oral hygiene.

Oral Hygiene Overview
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Brush after every meal

Brushing lower jaw braces
Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

Brushing the gum line behind the upper front teeth
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Brushing the upper jaw braces from below
Brush every tooth slowly.

Brushing the upper jaw braces from above
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss nightly after brushing to remove the plaque missed by brushing.

Flossing between teeth with braces
Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.

Flossing around braces brackets
Floss carefully around the braces.

Flossing around the gum with braces
Floss carefully around the gum area.

A second example of flossing between teeth with braces
Floss around each tooth.


Properly cleaned teeth after braces have been removed
Proper Oral Hygiene

Improperly cleaned teeth after braces have been removed
Improper Brushing and Flossing

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