Brushing Teeth with Dartmouth Orthodontics

How to Brush with Orthodontics

Start by brushing back and forth across and between the wires and gums on the upper and lower teeth to loosen the food particles. Next, brush correctly, as if you had no bands or brackets on your teeth.

For example:

  • Start on the outside of the upper teeth with bristles at a 45 degree angle toward the gum. Brush with a circular motion, two or three teeth at a time using 10 strokes, and move on.
  • The same on the inner surfaces of the upper teeth.
  • Brush the chewing and biting surfaces last.
  • Start on the outside of the lower teeth and repeat this process. Remember; direct the brush at an angle toward the gums.
  • Alternatively, you can use an electric toothbrush that has a vibrating circular or oval motion for five minutes.
Finally, use the proxy (Christmas tree-shaped) brush in between the teeth and under the archwire in a vertical motion. Rinse your mouth and toothbrush. Look in the mirror to see if you have missed any places. Check the little half-moon spaces of teeth between the bands/brackets and gums, and the space between the molar tubes and gums. If you see any areas you have missed, clean them again. You should see as much of the teeth above the brackets as below the brackets.

When you have finished, the bands and wires should be free of all food particles and the soft, white coating called plaque. The braces should look clean and shiny. If you wish to be absolutely certain that you have removed all of the plaque and food debris from your teeth, chew on a disclosing tablet, which will colour any residual plaque a bright reddish colour, which is easily visible to the naked eye. We can advise you at our office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Disclosing tablets can be purchased at most drug stores.

Electric Toothbrush:

Many electric toothbrushes are now on the market. They can aid in cleaning teeth with braces or without. At Dr. Jensen’s office, we recommend investing in one to help maintain optimal oral hygiene

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