A boy brushing his teethWhen you have braces, it is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we will help you choose the right products for your teeth and appliances. To learn more about brushing and flossing with braces, and to make your appointment with Dr. Saito or Dr. Brown at one of our conveniently located offices in Vancouver, Washington, please call Brown-Saito Orthodontics today at 360-256-7220.

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Brushing Instructions

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Step 1: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
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Step 2: Brush gently in a circular motion.
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Step 3: Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
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Step 4: Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing Instructions

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Step 1: Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between the braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.
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Step 2: Carefully floss around the braces.
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Step 3: Carefully floss around the gum area.
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Step 4: Carefully floss around each tooth.