General dental care
You must continue to see your general dentist for your regular six-month clean and checks during your orthodontic treatment.
Brushing and flossing tips
- We recommend a brush with soft, flat trimmed bristles and a small head. This enables you to clean the hard to reach places and stimulates your gums.
- Brushing and flossing your teeth should take 3 to 5 minutes.
- Brush your teeth in front of a mirror.
- Brush at least twice daily. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating breakfast and dinner before brushing.
- Choose a trusted brand of toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride combined with your saliva`s minerals will toughen your tooth enamel and help stop decay.
- Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Floss at night before bed if only flossing once daily, as you usually have more time to floss at night.
- If your gums bleed or become sore during flossing or brushing it usually means you have not been cleaning the area properly and build up of plaque may have inflamed the area. Continue to brush these areas and the bleeding and soreness will gradually improve. If symptoms persist, please consult your dentist.
How to brush your teeth correctly
- After flossing, wet your toothbrush and place a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste onto your brush. When brushing keep your mouth slightly open, do not bite together.
- Start brushing the outside surface of your upper molars by placing the brush at a 45 degree angle aiming the bristles half on the gum and half on your teeth. The join between the gum and the teeth is a niche for bacteria and plaque to hide. Use a short circular motion to brush along and between your teeth. Make sure the whole surface has been cleaned.
- Gradually make your way around to the other side and repeat for the lower teeth.
- Repeat this process with the biting surfaces of your teeth using the same circular motion. Take care to get in any crevices.
- Brush the inside surface of your molars with the same circular motion as the outside. Brushing the inner surfaces of the front teeth is best done with the tip of the toothbrush held vertically.
- Spit out all the excess fluid and toothpaste in your mouth and do not rinse.