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Brushing & Flossing

Brushing Facts

  • Soft-bristle brushes are best.
  • Small-headed brushes are more effective at removing plaque. 
  • Match the size of the tooth brush to the size of your teeth. 
  • The bristle part of the tooth brush should cover two teeth at a time. 
  • Replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear, or every 3-4 months, whichever comes first. 
  • Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. 
  • Using a stopwatch will help you to keep track of the time you spend brushing.  
  • For removing plaque, the mechanical action of your tooth brush is more important than the type of toothpaste you use. 
  • Fluoridated tooth pastes are better than non-fluoridated ones.
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too.
  • Use a proxy-brush to remove plaque in between your braces. 

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Manual brushing Instructions
 

  1. Clean the top part of your braces by holding the brush facing down at a 45 degree angle. 
  2. Clean the lower part of your braces by holding the brush facing up at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Use short, gentle small circular motions. It looks more like a vibration of the bristles than a saw like movement. 
  4. Brush the inner surfaces of your teeth the same way.
  5. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes using the tip of your tooth brush.
  6. To clean the chewing surface of your teeth, hold the bristles perpendicular to the surfaces. 
  7. Clean behind your last teeth.
  8. Brush in between your braces.

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E-brushing Instructions
 

Video: Courtesy of Oral-B Embrace It
 
  1. Hold the brush parallel to the floor against your teeth.
  2. The tip of the tooth brush is active and does the job. 
  3. You don’t need to move your arm similar to when you use a manual tooth brush. 
  4. Do not press it hard against your teeth.
  5. Guide the brush head from tooth to tooth. 
  6. Hold the tooth brush for a few seconds on each tooth before moving forward. 
  7. Follow the curvature of the teeth and gums.
  8. Clean your braces one by one by angling the brush head properly against them.
  9. Make sure to remove the plaque from all surfaces of your braces and under your wire. 
  10. Brush the inner surfaces of your teeth the same way.
  11. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use the tip of your tooth brush.
  12. To clean the chewing surface of your teeth, hold the bristles perpendicular to the surfaces. 
  13. Brush between your braces.
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Brushing between braces
 

  1. Use a proxy-brush to remove plaque between your braces. 
  2. Hold the proxy-brush parallel to your teeth between two braces and under the wire. 
  3. Keep the proxy-brush in contact to each brace in turn. 
  4. Move the proxy-brush gently up and down.
  5. Avoid applying too much pressure on the braces. 
  6. Repeat this instruction for each bracket. 

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Flossing Facts

  • Floss at least once a day. The best time is before you go to bed.
  • Flossing does not replace brushing. They work together. 
  • It should be a pain free experience at all times.
  • You may feel some discomfort and minor bleeding the first few times if you haven’t flossed for a long time. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two.
  • Thin-Mono filament floss is better than a thick multi strand one.
  • Waxed and Un-waxed flosses are similarly effective in removing the dental plaque. 
  • You can use either a piece of floss about 18 inches long along with a floss threader or Superfloss. 
  • Using Superfloss is Dr. Amin Movahhedian's and Dr. Hamed Vaziri’s preferred method for patients with braces. 
  • Superfloss is stiff on one end. Using that end makes it easier to thread it underneath the wire. 
  • Remember that gums are attached to the teeth like a pocket. You have to clean inside the pocket.
  • Do not reuse your floss or Superfloss. 

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Flossing Instructions
 

  1. ​Make a loop with your floss around the floss threader. 
  2. You will not need a floss threader with Superfloss. 
  3. Thread the floss threader under your wire 
  4. Once your floss is cleared of the wire, hold each side with your thumbs and index fingers. 
  5. Leave 2 inches of the floss to work with.
  6. Slide the floss back and forth gently while moving toward your gum. 
  7. Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth.
  8. Go as deep as you can until you feel minor resistance. That means you have reached the deepest part of the pocket. 
  9. Applying too much pressure will hurt your gum. 
  10. Reverse the direction toward the chewing surface of your teeth.
  11. Once you reach the wire, avoid any pressure, otherwise you will damage the wire or braces. 
  12. Repeat this instruction 6 times per each tooth.
  13. Use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

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