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Recommended Oral Hygiene with Braces

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile are brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth, and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.


Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces:

In the morning after breakfast; After lunch or right after school; After supper; At bedtime.

You will need to replace your toothbrush more often due to your appliances. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. It may be difficult for your toothbrush to reach some areas under your archwire. Do not swallow any toothpaste; rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash and fluoride treatment throughout your orthodontic treatment and beyond for optimal oral hygiene.


Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, inform a staff member at your next appointment.

It’s your teeth!! Take care of them. Especially if you make the time and financial investment in braces. Achieving a beautiful, and most importantly, a healthy smile is crucial for quality of life. Take the time to educate yourself on all facets of braces and oral health. We at Sullivan Orthodontics are pleased to offer education along with execution for all of our patients.

Thank you taking the time to become a better version of you! It’s no secret that overall health has everything to do with your mouth, what’s in it, and how you take care of it. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (541) 749-2098.