BRUSHING TEETH WITH BRACES
Be sure to do these steps on BOTH the outside/cheek side and the inside/tongue side of your top and bottom teeth.
The last step is to scrub your chewing surfaces.
FLOSSING WITH BRACES
Using a toothbrush and Waterpik® can clean most, but not all, of your tooth surfaces. Accessing the entire side surfaces of your teeth is generally only possible with dental floss. Since the archwire blocks a piece of floss from gaining access between the teeth, a threader is often required to loop the floss around the wire.
It is important to floss at least once daily. The ideal time to floss is at night before going to bed. Flossing is time consuming but it becomes easy and routine once you get the hang of it. If you are struggling to find time for flossing, we recommend that you pair it with an activity such as watching TV or listening to music.
Loop a piece of floss into the circular part of the threader. Stick the pointed tip of the threader under the wire.
With one hand, hold onto the pointed tip; with the other hand, hold onto one of the two ends of floss that is hanging out of the threader.
Pull the pointed tip of the threader while keeping the other hand firmly grasping the end of the floss. If you did this correctly, the floss should now successfully be underneath the wire.
Tie the floss around both fingers and gently work the floss up and down the sides of the teeth. Make sure you get underneath the gum line.