BRUSHING AND ORAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Permanent stains, cavities, and gum diseases are all caused by bacteria called PLAQUE. PLAQUE must be removed 4 to 5 times a day by brushing. Braces make it harder to remove plaque but not impossible. Brackets, Bands, and Arch Wires create nooks and crannies that are harder to reach; therefore more effort and time is needed to brush properly.
The brush should be placed against the teeth at all angles and the bristles should be pushed under and over the wires and between the teeth. Using a soft toothbrush or a toothbrush provided to you, start brushing on the upper arch and brush above and below the braces using a small circular motion. Slowly work your brush towards the front teeth and over to the left side. Brush the insides and biting surfaces. Then work your way down to the bottom arch. Using circular motion, brush above and below the braces until the teeth and braces are sparkling clean. Move the brush slowly toward the front and left side. Then brush the insides and tops of the teeth. Don’t forget about brushing the tongue. AND REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!! Brushing should be done within 10 minutes after eating or snacking.
When brushing is finished, your braces and teeth should be sparkling and clean!!
REMEMBER, TO BRUSH AFTER EACH MEAL AND SNACK. THAT MEANS AFTER BREAKFAST, AFTER LUNCH, AFTER DINNER, AND AFTER ANY AND ALL SNACKS.