Braces create small ledges for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces.
When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won’t break or loosen them. Following these brushing and eating tips will keep your appliances and your smile healthy.
Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal and before you go to bed. It’s best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. Your orthodontist may also prescribe a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent cavities.
We recommend following these steps for brushing:
Remember you should be brushing at least three times a day: once at breakfast, at lunch and before you go to bed. If you're unable to brush after you eat make sure you rinse thoroughly with water, and never skip brushing at night before you go to bed.
Because your toothbrush won’t reach between your teeth, brushing alone won’t keep your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing can help. A floss threader, available from us or a pharmacy, helps you floss with braces on.
Floss once a day, like this:
While you are wearing braces, you can eat almost all of your favourite foods. Please stay away from the following foods:
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