This is a question that I get asked a lot…
“What is the best way to brush your teeth with braces?” 🤷♀️🤷♂️
Our patients are given the Crest+Oral B Ortho Essentials System when they start in treatment.
The kit includes:
- Professional Oral B Genius Brush
- Crest Pro Health Fluoride Rinse
- Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
- Oral B Superfloss
- Platypus Flossers
- Ortho Essentials Guide
- Score Your Teeth card
The Oral B Genius Brush has a small round head making it easier to clean the teeth when braces are in place. Brush the outside, inside, and biting surfaces of your teeth. Be especially careful to clean thoroughly at the gum line. Plaque loves to hide there leaving permanent white marks behind if not removed thoroughly! 😣
Flossing is an equal partner with brushing. The brush bristles cannot fit in between the teeth where plaque and bacteria hide. Superfloss has a plastic tip that makes it easier to sneak between the teeth to floss while braces are on.
If brushing and flossing alone are still not getting the job done, then using something like the Waterpik Water Flosser can be a big help to loosen food and plaque. 💧💧💧
And of course, our partner in all of your oral hygiene needs is your general dentist. Be sure to continue regular visits during your orthodontic treatment and plan to go more frequently if you are having difficulty with your brushing and flossing.