Brushing & Flossing With Braces

Proper Technique From Your Hamilton and Burlington Orthodontist

The team at Crichigno Orthodontics is proud to provide state-of-the-art orthodontic care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We offer a full range of orthodontic treatment options to all our Hamilton and Burlington patients including clear braces, Invisalign, hidden lingual braces and more, available to all ages. To get the most out of your orthodontic treatment it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene through correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Brushing with braces.The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Having braces on your teeth makes it more difficult to reach all the nooks and crannies when brushing or flossing. If food particles are allowed to accumulate, they can cause tooth decay and set back your orthodontic treatment. That’s why Crichigno Orthodontics is happy to provide tips, techniques and tools that you can use to properly clean your teeth while in braces.

Brushing Tools

It is best to use either a soft bristle brush, or a bi-level brush (shorter bristles in the middle, longer at the edges). An electric toothbrush can work as well, just make sure it is on a moderate power level and you don’t let the back of the brush hit your braces! You should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice per day, for two minutes each time.

Brushing Technique

Crichigno Orthodontics recommends you begin your brushing with the outside surfaces of your teeth. Place the bristles of the brush flat against your teeth and use small circles to gradually polish them clean. For areas on the outer surfaces that are between braces and gums, angle the brush head toward the gum line and continue these circular motions. On the chewing surfaces of both the lower and upper teeth, use a back and forth motion instead of circular movement. Finish up by using the same technique you used on the outer surfaces on the inner surfaces. Be sure that you have properly brushed all areas of your teeth including the areas between the wires and teeth and those between the brackets and gums.

Special Brushing Tools For Hard To Reach Areas

Interdental toothbrush.Interdental Brush: Also known as a proxabrush, this specialized tool has bristles all the way around the head, resembling a pipe cleaner. It can be used to gently clean the tiny spaces around the bands and brackets, as well as those under the wire.

Oral Irrigator: Also known as a “water pick”, this tool uses pressurized water to dislodge bits of food you cant seem to get with your brush.

Floss threader.Flossing Technique

Without flossing, you miss a large area of the teeth that can accumulate plaque. To easily get floss under the archwire, Crichigno Orthodontics recommends the use of a floss threader. This tool carries one end of the floss under your archwire, allowing it to be easily grasped. Once the floss is under the archwire, floss as you would normally if you didn’t have braces.

Test Your Cleaning Efficiency

Using specially developed vegetable dyes known as “disclosing tablets”, you can accurately see the plaque and food debris that you missed during your cleaning. You can then easily remove the dye and the pieces you missed, ensuring cleaning is fully done.

Contact Crichigno Orthodontics Today!

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is an investment in your future smile. If you are located in Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Burlington, ON or any of the surrounding areas, contact us today to get started down the path to the smile you have always wanted. If you have any questions about Invisalign, braces, any of our other treatment options, or would like to schedule your free first exam, call our Hamilton office at 905.560.4555. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!