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Prevent cavities, bad breath, stained teeth, bleeding gums, and other mouth woes with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A soft bristle toothbrush
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Mouthwash or water
- And waxed dental floss
- A floss threader (optional) (optional)
- And an inter-proximal brush (optional) (optional)
Consult your orthodontist for any specific brushing and flossing instructions, as well products recommendations.
Remove rubber bands
If you use rubber bands, remove them from your braces before you brush.
Brush your teeth at least four times a day, and after every meal, with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Brush in circles
Brush in small circles, wiggling the brush around the contours and crevices of the braces, spending about 10-15 seconds on each tooth.
Brush all over
Brush your gums, the roof of your mouth, and the inside of your cheeks.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with mouthwash or water after brushing.
Floss at least once a day with 18 inches of waxed floss.
Thread the floss under the main wire and between two teeth.
Floss up & down
Move the floss up and down along the sides of each of the teeth.
Continue threading and flossing until you've cleaned between each tooth and behind the last tooth.
Rinse mouth again
Rinse your mouth again with mouthwash or water.
Replace rubber bands
Replace any rubber bands, and remind yourself that one day this all be history--and you'll have beautiful teeth to show for it.