Wearing Braces

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

In order to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy it is important to brush and floss after each meal. If you are unsure which toothbrush to choose we would be happy to help you make the right choice for your teeth and appliance.

Printable Instructions

Brushing Instructions

Brushing: Step 1

Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.


Brushing: Step 2

In a circular motion, brush gently.


Brushing: Step 3

Be sure to brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of each tooth.


Brushing: Step 4

Using the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your teeth is the most effective.


Flossing Instructions

Flossing: Step 1

Use a piece of 18 inch floss and carefully thread the end between the braces and wire.  A floss threader may be helpful.


Flossing: Step 2

Carefully floss around the braces.


Flossing: Step 3

Floss around all gum areas.


Flossing: Step 4

Carefully floss around each tooth.