The most important part of Orthodontic treatment is keeping those pearly whites clean!  Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums during Orthodontic treatment will help your teeth move more efficiently.  It is important to brush and floss more frequently when you have braces…we provide a travel toothbrush for after meals and snacks.  If your gums are swollen or bleeding, it means that you are not brushing and flossing enough.  The braces themselves do not irritatte your gums, but the food and plaque left on your teeth do.
The proper brushing technique is important to learn with or without braces.  Use a soft toothbrush and start brushing on the upper right.  Brush above and below the braces using a small circular mottion.  Slowly work your brush toward the front teeth and over to the left side.  Then brush the insides and biting surfaces.  Repeat with the lower arch.  Take your time….brushing should take at least 2-3 minutes when done properly. 

At Bales Orthodontics healthy teeth and gums are rewarded with Wooden Nickels.  Wooden nickels can be cashed in at any time for prizes and gift certificates!