Oral Hygiene Instructions

Now that your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment.

Sticky Foods

Examples of sticky foods to Avdsaoid:

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Flossing

Flossing While Wearing Braces:

Ice
Nuts and chips
Hard taco shells
French bread, bagels, pizza crust
Corn on the cob
Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
Jolly Ranchers

Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day. We recommend flossing at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed.​ Use a reusable floss threader to floss under your archwire.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader, and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. Use care around your archwire, and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it.

Brushing

Brushing While Wearing Braces:

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces: in the morning after breakfast, after lunch or right after school, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramels
Starburst
Mouthwash

Rinsing with an Antibacterial Mouthwash:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

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To reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks, we suggest using a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse. This rinse will help prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces.

Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of the hydrogen peroxide rinse for one minute, and then spit it out. You may use it up to four times daily following brushing. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor injuries to the gums.

Interdental Toothbrush

Using an Interdental Toothbrush:

An interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush is used to clean underneath and around your archwires and braces. Please use the interdental toothbrush gently to avoid damaging your wires.

Soda
Sweetened Tea
Gatorade
Kool Aid
Drinks with sugar

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Topical Fluoride

Using a Topical Fluoride:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

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We recommend using a sodium fluoride gel to help prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces. This gel kills bacteria and replaces minerals in the tooth enamel that have been removed by harmful acids. Using a fluoride gel does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but it should be applied following your daily schedule at bedtime.

Place a small strip of the gel on a toothbrush, and apply it to your teeth for one minute. Then spit it out. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes afterward. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating, drinking or rinsing.

Removable Appliance

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance:

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily.

Do not use bleach or denture-cleaning solutions as these may erode the metal solder joint of your retainer and cause it to break. We recommend cleaning with soap and water or baking soda.

Soda
Sweetened Tea
Gatorade
Kool Aid
Drinks with sugar

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