You know how important it is to brush and floss properly
when you're wearing braces — but what's the best way to do that? Let's start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle
brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective.
Used carefully, an electric toothbrush can work just as well. But be sure the electric brush is set to a moderate power level,
and don't let its vibrations cause the back of the brush to hit the braces!
You should brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times per day (preferably after meals), for at least two minutes each
time. Remember to brush all of the tooth surfaces: the outside, the inside, and the chewing surfaces as well. Be especially
careful to clean the areas between wires and teeth, and between brackets and gums — that's where food particles can easily
Here's a suggested brushing technique: Beginning at the outside surfaces, place the tips of the bristles flat against your teeth,
and use small circular motions to gently polish them clean. For areas between braces and gums, tilt the brush toward the gum
line (down for the bottom teeth, up for the top) while keeping up the circular motions. Next, move on to the chewing surfaces
of upper and lower teeth, using a firm back-and-forth motion. Finally, finish up by carefully brushing the inside surfaces
of the teeth the same way you did the outside surfaces.