Brushing and Flossing with Braces

When you have braces, it’s 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, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

Printable instructions

Brushing Instructions

Brushing Step 1
 

Brushing: Step 1

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

Brushing Step 2
 

Brushing: Step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

Brushing Step 3
 

Brushing: Step 3

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

Brushing Step 4
 

Brushing: Step 4

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


Flossing Instructions

Flossing Step 1
 

Flossing: 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.

Flossing Step 2
 

Flossing: Step 2

Carefully floss around the braces.

Flossing Step 3
 

Flossing: Step 3

Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Flossing Step 4
 

Flossing: Step 4

Carefully floss around each tooth.