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.
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 [...]
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.
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.