An interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush is one that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use this toothbrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. It will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
An antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. It helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of the mouthwash (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use it up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, rinsing with this will help the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
Fluoride gel helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of flouride does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of flouride on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after using the flouride because it is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth.
Cleaning Your Removable Appliance
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliances just as they do on your teeth, so it is important to brush them well. We recommend that you use ONLY your toothpaste and toothbrush. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent any unwanted accumulation.