Brush 3-5 minutes, 3-5 times a day especially after you eat or drink
Brush in a sequence so no area is missed, for example, top then bottom, right then left. Brush each area below for about a count of 10 in your head. Angle the brush to target each area
The gum line along the front of your teeth. (gentle, circular strokes)
Over the top edge of the bracket (firm, back and forth strokes)
Over the entire bracket face (firm, circular strokes)
Under the bottom of the bracket (firm, back and forth strokes)
The gum line on the inside of the mouth, by the roof of your mouth and tongue (gentle, circular strokes)
Biting surfaces of the teeth (firm, back and forth strokes)
Floss every night using floss threaders or Super floss.
Use Listerine Zero to fight germs, prevent gum disease and keep breath fresh. Use Act or other fluoride rinse nightly to keep teeth strong.
Waterpiks are highly recommended to keep teeth and mouth clean. We like the Waterpik Complete which has a sonic toothbrush and a Waterpik in one unit. Waterpik before you brush to remove large amounts of food and plaque. Waterpik at your gum line and between the teeth, ‘tracing the tooth’, on the lip and tongue sides of all teeth. Spend extra time around appliances.
Plaque is the white, cakey build up that forms on teeth after eating or drinking. When teeth are not properly cleaned this can remove mineral from the teeth causing permanent white stains on your teeth. This is called decalcification “decal” and will not go away!
Most patients will experience some discomfort during the first few days of treatment, however, brushing and flossing is still required and cannot be skipped. Patients with clean, healthy teeth and gums experience less discomfort. If you have questions or concerns please call immediately.
Proxy brush alert: We do not recommend using a proxy brush due to the common misuse of the device. If used improperly, permanent damage to the gum tissue can result. Proxy brushes should only be used in an up and down motion, NOT passed between the teeth or gums. Proxy brushes are not a substitute for floss.