Specialists In Orthodontics

Brushing & Flossing

The best ways to ensure a clean and healthy smile are brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and around braces, and over time turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth, and gums so that you will have the best possible result.


Brushing - Click for a Brushing Animation

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces, and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth, and the outside, inside, and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

During orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles on your teeth and braces:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After supper
  • At bedtime

You will need to replace your toothbrush more often due to your braces. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. It is important to floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash and fluoride treatment throughout your orthodontic treatment and beyond for optimal oral hygiene.

Flossing - Click for a Flossing Animation

A reusable floss threader provided by our office will make daily flossing easier with your braces, however regular floss may also be used. To floss, pull a small length of floss through the threader and slide it between the wire and the tooth. Guide the floss between the teeth moving it up and down along the side of each tooth to the gum line. Remove the floss from between the wire and tooth, repeat between each tooth moving the floss through the threader as you go, so that a clean segment of floss is used for each tooth.

T|D|R proudly providing braces, Invisalign, and orthodontics to Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Novi, Shelby, Lake Orion, Troy, Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Northville, Livonia, Walled Lake, and surrounding communities with a long list of straight teeth and happy smiles! An orthodontist receives two to three years of education beyond dental school and are the only ones allowed to call themselves “orthodontists”. Only orthodontists may be members of the American Board of Orthodontists.