Smile Care

Hygiene Habits

Smile care is always important but it gains even more relevance when you are inactive treatment. Why do you think that is? Well, the answer is simple, healthy teeth and gums respond to treatment the way they are supposed to. If you get an infection or experience decay, your treatment may become delayed or you may need additional interventions to reach your goal. The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to learn and implement the proper techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth.



What is the best time to brush your teeth? Immediately after every meal, you should brush your teeth. This allows you to rid your teeth and gums of any food particles. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush using a circular motion. Be sure to clean the areas between your gums and brackets, a position that tilts the bristles away from your gums is best. You may find that a proxy brush or a water pick is useful to dislodge food particles from any difficult-to-reach areas. 

A proxy brush can be used to push out any lingering food particles, water picks are also a great investment!


Flossing is one of those tasks that will take some practice to perform with braces. But don’t worry, all you need is some practice! Start by slipping the floss under the wire of your braces to properly clean the small areas between the brackets. Next, use light force to place the floss in between your teeth, the same you would without braces. Repeat with the next set of teeth. With a bit of practice, you will be an expert before you know it!


Check out the tutorials videos below where your peers share the tips and tricks that work for them!


Take some time to explore the videos below and watch your peers explain the proper technique to care for your braces.

Foods to Avoid

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Brushing Technique

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Flossing with Super Floss

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Wax for Brackets

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