You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes 2-3 times a day: morning, mid-day (if possible) and at night. The most important part of brushing with braces is to brush for a minimum of 2 minutes. Use a timer or listen to entire song on the radio or an ipod before stopping.
To brush properly, first brush back and forth between the wires and gums on the upper and lower to loosen the food particles. Next, brush correctly as if you had no bands on.
Start on the outside of the uppers with bristles at a 45 degree angle toward the gums, as demonstrated below.
Scrub with a circular motion, two or three teeth at a time using 10 strokes.
Then brush the inside surfaces of the uppers.
Start on the outside of the lower teeth and repeat the process. Remember, direct the brush at an angle toward the gums.
Scrub the chewing surfaces last.
Rinse your mouth and toothbrush. Look in a Mirror to see if you have missed any places. Check the little half-moon spaces of teeth between the bands and gums and the space between the molar tubes and gums. If you see any areas you have missed, brush them again.
At bedtime, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and don’t rinse with water afterwards!
Failure to keep your teeth clean will result in “white spots” on your teeth when the braces are removed. These spots will never go away!!!
Failure to keep your gums clean will result in “puffy gums” that can cover your teeth.