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Brushing and Flossing

Whether you are wearing braces or invisalign, it's very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. We get a lot of questions about choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss so we have tried to make things a little easier for you:

CLICK HERE to visit our MHO Amazon Storefront where you can see our recommendations for oral health care products and tools for taking care of your teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Should you have any questions, please ask Dr. Mack, Dr. Hansen, or any of our team members at your next visit!

Brushing with Braces

Be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

We recommend using a powered toothbrush though in order to increase your brushing effectiveness. There are many powered toothbrushes out there with a wide range of features and capabilities.

Oral-B offers a toothbrush head that is specifically made for brushing around braces which works great and can be used on most of their electric toothbrushes including the 2 above!

Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your braces, brackets and/or other appliances.

brushing with braces

Flossing with Braces

One of our favorite products for easy flossing behind braces is the Platypus Orthodontic Flosser, which can be found here.

If you feel like you are not able to floss well or your floss is not removing all of the food between your teeth, consider a Waterpik. Waterpiks make flossing an absolute breeze and can be used during and after orthodontic treatment!

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader,, special orthodontic floss, or Superfloss to thread the floss behind your orthodontic wire as seen below. Wrap the ends of your floss around each pointer finger while leaving a few inches of floss between them. Gently slide your floss between each tooth with a back and forward motion as seen below. Floss beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food not reached by brushing. Reapeat this until all of your teeth have been flossed, even the molars way in the back!

flossing with braces

What patients are saying

“My daughter was very insecure about her teeth. She went from insecure to non-stop smiling in just a few months! For me that was just amazing! We love Mack & Hansen’s welcoming environment and their staff...always smiling, very helpful, energetic, and the most friendly in/out of the office. We Thank You All! I am FOREVER grateful for 'HER' smile!” ~ Sophia H. of Longview “My child actually looks forward to her orthodontist appointments!! The staff is always so friendly and it’s a positive, uplifting environment.” ~ Kara H. of Hallsville “I love the efficiency of Mack & Hansen Orthodontics. They have thought of everything when it comes to making a great customer impact. Not only are they skilled at making beautiful smiles, but they care about their patients. They are welcoming, up-to-date on technology, and really have hit the nail on great customer service! I would recommend them to anyone!” ~ Anita N. of Henderson “They have the absolute sweetest people working here! Every team member interacts with each patient. They show so much care for everyone and make you feel like family! I am so glad my braces experience has been with Mack & Hansen Orthodontics!” ~ Bonnie C. of Mount Pleasant “I love Mack & Hansen! Getting braces as an adult can be nerve racking, but this office has made my experience very comfortable! They offer great payment plans too. If you need anything they are very prompt with getting you seen or answering questions. Also, the new office is incredible and has an amazing mural painted outside.” ~ Alex M. of Kilgore “Absolutely the BEST orthodontists and office staff in town!  Always making sure we are taken care of and helping us on our smile journey!  Not to mention FUN!  Their ability to have fun makes it so much more enjoyable for their patients!” ~ Melissa H. of Marshall