While it’s already vital for you to brush your teeth at least twice per day, and floss at least once per day, individuals who wear braces need to be extra vigilant. This is because food, plaque, and other debris can easily build up around the edges of your braces. If plaque isn’t properly removed, it can cause permanent white or brown marks to appear on the surface of your teeth.
Wearing braces means that brushing and flossing is going to take you longer than it did before you got your braces. It’s critical that you brush your braces as well as the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
When your dentist or orthodontist installs your braces, they will teach you how to properly brush your braces and floss your teeth using a floss threader.
Children with braces should be supervised by their parents while they brush and floss to ensure they are doing so correctly.