Now that your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment. Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferably after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

Oral Hygiene:

  • Use a soft or electric toothbrush and replace when bristles fray.
  • Brush 3 times a day for 2-3 minutes each time.
  • Remember to gently brush your gums at a 45º angle.
  • Floss your teeth using Glide® Floss Threaders.
  • Use fluoride rinse before bedtime (swish for 1 minute).
  • See your dentist every 4-6 months for examinations and cleaning.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance:

retainerBrush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature, and soak your appliance once a week.