Brushing & Flossing

The only way to remove bacteria from your braces and teeth is to brush after every meal. For better breath, do not forget to brush your tongue.

One of the best ways to keep your gums healthy is to get in the habit of flossing on a daily basis. This will help catch debris that your toothbrush missed.

Moderate your intake of sweets.


  1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush the surfaces of your teeth and bands.
  2. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your upper and lower gums.
  3. Brush the area between your brackets and gums gently and slowly. Rinse your mouth with water, and check your teeth and bands for debris. If you still see particles of food trapped in bands and/or brackets, brush your teeth again.


  1. Cut off a piece of floss from the roll and thread it behind your archwire. Even though this seems tricky, it gets easier after you have done it a few times, and is easier when using a floss threader.
  2. Pull the section of floss between two of your teeth and move it to just under your gum line. Wipe the surface of both teeth clean and repeat with the rest of your teeth. When you have finished flossing, rinse your mouth with water several times.