Usually, it is a good idea to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Some people brush after every meal, and if you choose to do that, you should wait for thirty minutes after your meal before you brush, to give your saliva time to clean the acid from your teeth.
When you wear braces, you will need brush more often. It is a good idea to brush and floss after every meal since food debris can easily get stuck in your braces.
Before you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth to loosen or remove as much of the food debris as possible. While you would normally need about two minutes to do a thorough job of brushing your teeth. With braces, you need to take more time, and brush your teeth one or two at a time. Start by brushing at your gumline. Then carefully brush starting from your gumline down the top of the bracket on each tooth. Then brush from the lower gumline up to the bracket. Follow that by brushing the wire.
Flossing will help to remove any remaining food particles stuck in between your teeth and your braces. You may find it difficult to manipulate the floss around your dental work, and if that is the case for you, you might find that a floss threader or a water flosser may work.
If you are considering getting braces for your child, or for yourself, our dentist, Dr. Michael Emanuel will be happy to give you an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Brooklyn, New York, area, you can call 718-336-5005 to make an appointment at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC.