Oral Hygiene Protocol
Now that your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment. Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food particles and plaque making it difficult to brush or floss away. Careful brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent plaque buildup-up, tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing while wearing Braces
Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth three times a day or preferably after eating to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces:
- Brush along the gumline first
- Brush under and over the brackets
- Brush biting surfaces of all teeth
- Brush the back sides of the teeth
Flossing while wearing Braces
Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it one of the most important aspects of good oral hygiene. We recommend you floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed.
Use a reusable floss threader to floss under your archwire. Pull a small piece of floss through the threader, slide it under the wire, you can then slide it between the teeth using a see-saw motion and pulling it up between the teeth making a “C” shape between each tooth. Make sure you don’t pull too hard on the floss around the archwire as you can bend or pull the archwire out of the bracket.
Using an Interdental Toothbrush (proxy brush)
An interdental (proxy) toothbrush is used to clean underneath and around your archwires and braces. These are great to use in hard to reach areas that your toothbrush just can’t reach.
Using MI paste throughout your treatment strengthens your teeth by using Recaldent TM that releases calcium and phosphate, two minerals that have been proven to strengthen teeth and protect the enamel. The first tube of MI paste is even on us!