Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth with Braces

When you have braces, it is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, or dental floss, please ask us, and we will be happy to help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

Brushing Instructions

Step 1: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Step 1
: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Step 2
: Brush gently in a circular motion.

Step 2
: Brush gently in a circular motion.

Step 3: 
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Step 3: 
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Step 4: 
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Step 4: 
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing Instructions

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.

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.

Step 2: 
Carefully floss around the braces.

Step 2: 
Carefully floss around the braces.

Step 3: 
Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Step 3: 
Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Step 4: 
Carefully floss around each tooth.

Step 4: 
Carefully floss around each tooth.

Owner’s Guide to Braces

We understand that having braces put on for the first time can leave you with a lot of questions about what to do and what not to do, So we have compiled a simple guide to make the transition easier.

Rule #1: Keep the braces on your teeth.

We know this rule seems self-explanatory, but it really is the most important. If the braces aren’t on your teeth, they aren’t doing their job of straightening them!

Rule #2: Please avoid these HARD foods.

There are some foods that are harder on your braces than others. Please try to avoid:

  • Hard Chips – For example, Tacos, Doritos, and Fritos (anything that comes in a cellophane bag and ends in “O”). Do not despair! You can have regular potato chips and, for those Mexican food lovers, you can have a soft shell taco or burrito (which are delicious).
  • Popcorn – This delicious snack is not the best for your brackets, and can easily get stuck in them. It is very tough on braces.
  • Nuts – Please stay away from nuts of any kind. Sorry peanut lovers!
  • Pretzels/Ice – These are the two primary killers of brackets. We recommend keeping the lids on your soft drinks so you won’t be tempted to chew on the ice inside!
  • Granola Bars – Unfortunately you need to stay away from both the crunchy and soft versions of granola bars. The crunchy bars are too hard, and the soft ones tend to be too sticky.
  • Foreign Objects – This may seem self-explanatory, but please do not chew on pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
Rule #3: Do not chew gum!

It is imperative that you not chew gum while you have braces. This means gum of any kind (even the types that say they will not stick to dental work). The same goes for sticky candy such as caramels, and Now and Laters. If you MUST have a candy bar, have a chocolate and brush really well afterwards.

Rule #4: Do not use your front teeth to bite into anything!

This includes ripping off pizza bites, Cuban sandwiches, or apples. You also have to avoid carrots (a real heart breaker, we know), unless they are cooked.

Rule #5: No food for three hours after application.

Please do not eat food for three hours after your braces are applied. You are of course allowed to drink liquids.

Rule #6: Stay on a soft diet for three days after application.

Stick to soft foods for three days following the application of your braces. This will ensure that the brackets have the proper amount of time to bond to your teeth.

Rule #7: Be good to your braces!

If you want them off in the shortest amount of time, you have to take care of them and keep them on your teeth!

Questions? We can help you! Please call us at 770-351-7737 or if you prefer