Patient Education

Brushing With Braces

Brush the outer surfaces of your teeth and braces with a circular motion. Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees to clean the top and bottom of the braces. Use a proxy brush for cleaning in between your brackets.


 

Flossing With Braces

The best way to floss your teeth when you have braces is to use an orthodontic floss threader to thread the floss underneath the wire. Superfloss which is floss with a stiff end can also be used.

 

Braces Problems: Pain, Poking Wire, Sore Teeth, Broken Bracket

Brush the outer surfaces of your teeth and braces with a circular motion. Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees to clean the top and bottom of the braces. Use a proxy brush for cleaning in between your brackets.

 

Separators, Spacers: How to Replace

Separators or spacers are tiny elastic rings that are placed in between two teeth. The purpose of separators is to create space for placing bands. Bands are metal rings to which brackets or other orthodontic attachments can be connected to.

 

Orthodontic Jaw Expander, How to Turn

To activate the orthodontic palatal expander, insert the key into the hole of the screw, push towards the back of the mouth until you see the next hole appear, then remove the key.

 

Clear Braces

 

Elastics

Rubber bands / Elastics are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. They provide the connective force necessary to move the teeth and jaw into the proper alignment.

Elastics.