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Brushing and Flossing

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 orthodontic 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.

Brushing with Braces

Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taught floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!

flossing with braces

Every staff member from the receptionists to assistants to Dr. Blue were so incredibly friendly I thought I was at Disneyland at 7:30 in the morning! I was well taken care of. The interior design is very posh and unexpected for an orthodontist office! It was a great experience...would highly recommend! — Kelly

Dr. Blue and his staff make you feel like family. We have never had a day in that office where the staff was not happy, friendly and eager to help. They explain treatments, procedures and answer questions to the fullest each time we are there. We love them. — B.V.

I would definitely recommend Blue Orthodontics. Both my daughter and I are in braces. The staff is so friendly and accomodating, they coordinate our appointments together which makes life much easier. Dr. Blue himself is awesome..he always explains what they are doing and what the next steps in my treatment are going to be. — T.L

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