Brushing & Flossing

Brushing and flossing your teeth with braces on is more important than ever! If the teeth and gums are not kept healthy, a patient may develop PERMANENT white marks or cavities around the braces. Fortunately, all toothpastes contain fluoride which helps harden the tooth enamel making it less susceptible to staining and cavities. Dr. Grewal strongly recommends regular checkups and cleanings with your family dentist during your orthodontic treatment.


  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45◦ angle towards the gums and brush making small circular motions. Brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth.
  • Always brush away from your gums. Brush up on the lower teeth and down on the upper teeth. Brush chewing surfaces last; remembering to brush both the upper and lower teeth. Be sure to brush your tongue at least once a day.
  • To properly clean your braces, we recommend brushing along the wire from bracket to bracket in a back and forth motion.
  • Expect to spend a minimum of 2-3 minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth and braces.
  • To avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces brush after breakfast, after lunch, after supper and before bed.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles as well as your end-tuft brush (small tuft of bristles on a handle) for close to the gum line.
  • Use a proxy brush (brush that resembles a bottle washer) to clean the hard to reach areas around your braces.
  • Use a fluoride containing mouthwash before bed.


  • Use floss to remove food particles and plaque in the areas between the teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Use floss aids to position floss behind the archwire. Gently clean the sides of teeth and under the gums with an up-and-down motion.
  • Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.
  • When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, inform a staff member at your next appointment.

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