Starting orthodontic treatment is a big step, and it is a life-changing decision. It is vital that you continue to visit your dentist at least once every six (6) months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, especially during your orthodontic treatment. To make life with braces easier, Dr. Igel and Dr. Chartrand have provided the resources below. Here you can learn how to brush and floss, what to do if you have a problem, and other helpful tips. If you need more information, call Igel Orthodontics at (402) 330-1152.

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

Don’t let braces stop you from flossing! An easier way to floss your teeth when you have braces is to use a floss pick. The thin flosser arm easily slides between teeth and brace wire, effectively removing plaque and food particles.

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

Problems with braces do occur from time to time. Fortunately, there is usually an easy solution to the problem. Of course, you should always contact us as soon as possible to see if you need to come in for an appointment.

Separators, Spacers: How to Replace

Separators or spacers are tiny elastic rings that are placed 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.


Rubber bands or 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.

diagrams of Class II elastics, Class II box elastics, class II box elastics, triangle elastics
To learn more about orthodontics in Omaha, Nebraska, and schedule your free consultation with our orthodontists, please contact our office today at (402) 330-1152. We will be happy to provide you with more information and help you set up an appointment.