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Cleaning Your Braces

  • Brush 3 times a day for 5 minutes each time
  • Make sure all the teeth and gum margins are brushed
  • Brush around each block under the wire and the margin of the tooth and gum
  • There should be no creamy debris (plaque) left on the teeth and gums
  • At the start of your brace treatment chew a plaque disclosing tablet after brushing to see if you’re missing some spots
  • Throughout the treatment use a fluoride mouthwash once a day for 1 minute separate to brushing – spit out, don’t rinse out
  • Bleeding gums are a sign you are not brushing enough or correctly
  • You should never attend your orthodontist with a dirty mouth