Caring for Your Braces

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Caring for Your Braces

Brushing and flossing are important for everyone to do in order to maintain a healthy smile. When you’re undergoing treatment with braces, it gets a little more complicated. While treatment options such as Invisalign allow for removal of the orthodontic appliance for cleaning teeth, conscious care is required with traditional braces. Your Twin Falls orthodontist at Ward Orthodontics is here to help you understand proper brushing and flossing techniques during treatment.

Good Brushing Is Essential

It is important to brush four times a day while wearing braces, as it is easy for food and other particles to get stuck. Choose a soft-bristled brush and move it in small, circular strokes. Start at the gum line and work your way down, holding at an angle and moving the brush slowly and carefully so as to cover all parts of the teeth, including the inside and chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Whenever your toothbrush bristles start to fray, be sure to get a new toothbrush. The best times to brush your teeth every day during treatment with braces are:

  • After breakfast

  • After lunch

  • After dinner

  • At bedtime

Flossing Daily

Flossing takes a little extra times with braces, but it is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. We can provide you with a floss threader to help you pull the floss through the braces for better angles. Start by pulling clean floss up and down along the front of every tooth until you hear the floss squeak against the enamel. Be careful to not put too much pressure on the archwire. Start with flossing between the archwire and braces, then between the other teeth and gums.


It is best to floss just before bed and to also incorporate a mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine. It is normal for the gums to bleed the first few times, but this should go away. If it does not, let us know at your next appointment.
 

Come To Us With Any Questions

If you have any questions regarding care for your braces, contact Ward Orthodontics by calling 208-734-4314 or request an appointment online.