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While the end result of orthodontic care is a more beautiful smile, you will notice that it is much harder to keep teeth clean while wearing braces. Because food compacts in the brackets and between the teeth, it is important to brush and floss. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. So brushing after meals should become a regular part of your daily routine.

Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. Brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Braces are good for your teeth, but hard on your toothbrush. It will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A water pick can also be very helpful, but cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to teeth.   And don’t forget to floss…every day!  We recommend during active orthodontic treatment that you visit your general dentist every 4 months for a cleaning.  This extra cleaning recommendation is part of our commitment to excellent oral hygiene for all our patients. 

These tips may help you keep your teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.

First, GENTLY brush back and forth between the wires and gums to loosen food particles. Start on the upper, and then do the lower, keeping your teeth apart while you brush.
Next, brush correctly as if you had no bands on.
1.) Start on the outside of the uppers with the bristles at a 45 degree angle toward the gum. Brush with a circular motion 2 teeth at a time, at least 10 strokes in each area. Be sure the tips of the bristles reach under the wires to the gums. Work from the right to left on the upper, and then do the same on the lower teeth.
2.) Next, use the same pattern and brush the inner surfaces of the upper, and then the lower teeth.
3.) Brush the chewing surfaces last.
Rinse your mouth and toothbrush. LOOK IN A MIRROR to see it you have missed any place. Check the little half-moon spaces of tooth between the bands and gums. If you see any areas you have missed, clean them NOW.


We are looking forward to working with you during the time of your treatment.  Let’s work together to keep your appliance in good condition.

Kozak Orthodontics. 2011