It is very important to brush your teeth and gums after each meal. The use of toothpaste is only necessary twice a day. At other times the use of a toothbrush only is sufficient. It is the mechanical action of the brush which dislodges food debris that remain after eating. The use of dental floss is necessary once a day (preferably before bedtime).
A conventional toothbrush with soft bristles is ideal for cleaning during your treatment, but the proper brushing technique is important. You will soon see several images illustrating the recommended technique.
Place the toothbrush on the top of the braces with the bristles facing the gums and brush with the same circular motion.
Place the toothbrush under the braces and brush with a circular motion several times.
The bristles are lightly covering the gingiva and it must be brushed gently .
All surfaces of each tooth should be brushed. Effective brushing should last at least 2 minutes. It is also important to gently brush your tongue and the palate.
One of the easiest ways to help clean the spaces between the teeth, the braces and metal wires is to use this small bristle brush called a « proxa-brush ». You should insert the brush up and down with the point facing away from the gums to avoid injuring the gums. This “up and down” and “down and up” movement should be done carefully so that the handle of the brush does not touch, to avoid pulling the metal wire out of the braces or even knocking one of the braces loose. All the items discussed in this document are sold in pharmacies.
You should use dental floss once a day, preferably at bedtime. A floss threader is necessary to help you floss properly. The threader is used as a sewing needle to insert the floss underneath the wire between each pair of teeth. Once the floss is under the wire, slide the floss between the teeth and around them to clean them in the usual manner.
In some cases, a fluoride mouth rinse may also be prescribed and it must be used in addition to oral hygiene base whose technique has been previously described .