Cleaning, brushing and flossing with braces

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Simply Orthodontics hygienist Jess talks oral hygiene

Anyone who has ever undergone orthodontic treatment will know how overwhelming braces can be, even after just the first appointment. There is always a lot to take in, especially in terms of cleaning and maintaining your smile when you have braces.

If you’ve just had your braces fitted, this video for you! Our amazing hygienist Jess discusses cleaning and maintaining your new smile, covering brushing, flossing and anything you might have missed during your initial appointments.

Here’s what Jess had to say:

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important throughout your treatment; not only for your teeth, but for your gums too. There are a few extra steps to brushing, so you will need to allow some extra time.

Brushing with braces

With a soft toothbrush, you want to massage the top of your gums making sure that you can get the gum, the tooth and the top of the wire. You also want to angle the toothbrush along the bottom of the teeth so that you can get the bottom of the brackets and also up under the wire.

You also want to brush directly on top of the brackets, brushing the rest of your teeth and your tongue as you normally would.

Flossing with braces

Flossing is a good habit to get into, as it’s a good way to keep your gums clean. This super-floss has a stiff end, which allows you to get under the wire a lot easier. Then you can pull it through, and then just flossing as normal getting up into the gum line. 

Alternatively, this little floss head has a thin end which allows you to get under the wire as well. Interdental brushes are also a really good tool to be able to get plaque out that you’ve missed from brushing. Just sit it up under the wire just like this. It’s also a good tool to get food out and anything that could be left behind from lunch.

We hope this video helps. But of course, if you have any questions, our friendly team can help you out.