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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read through these common questions about braces, and also feel free to contact us if there is a question that you have that you don’t see on the list. No question is silly. We love questions here at Viva Smiles!

How Often Do I Need to Brush With Dental Braces?2018-06-10T02:39:12+00:00

It’s best to brush within five minutes after eating anything, even if you’re just snacking, and especially after a meal. Brushing away cavity-causing bacteria helps keep your teeth cavity-free. Carry a travel toothbrush and an interdental brush in a backpack, purse or briefcase to always have on hand for brushing away from home.

Why do I need to wear rubber bands?2018-05-28T20:23:03+00:00

Your braces and your arch-wires will make your teeth straight, but your rubber bands will make your upper and lower teeth fit together. When your teeth are straight and they fit together, your braces can be removed.

How Do I Brush With Dental Braces On My Teeth?2018-05-28T20:20:55+00:00
  • Brush between wires and gums to loosen any food particles that may have lodged in your dental braces. There are special toothbrushes for this, check with your orthodontist or dental care provider for recommendations.
  • Start on the outside of your upper teeth, positioning the bristles at a 45 degree angle, toward the gum. Brush two to three teeth at a time using a circular motion, about ten strokes.
  • Next, brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces.
  • Repeat the same process for the lower teeth as for the upper ones.
  • Rinse your mouth as well as your toothbrush. Check your teeth in a mirror to make sure you’ve brushed all tooth surfaces.
  • Floss daily between dental braces using a floss threader.

You may also want to use a water oral hygiene device that helps to remove food particles from your dental braces that the toothbrush may not reach. It should be used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a substitute for brushing. While wearing dental braces, be sure to schedule regular dental care exams every three to six months for cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Ask your dentist and orthodontist how often they wish to see you.

How often do I need to wear my rubber bands?2018-06-10T02:40:21+00:00

Wear your rubber bands 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Remove them only for brushing and eating and then place them back on. Rubber bands need to be worn all the time to work effectively. When you remove the rubber bands, your bone cells stop working to make your teeth fit together. Missed wearing time extends your treatment! Remove them only for brushing and replace them right away.