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Caring for your Incognito™ Braces

Discover your pathway to better oral health during orthodontic treatment.

Oral hygiene is an important aspect of orthodontic treatment. Studies show that in addition to affecting your health, poor oral care can significantly increase orthodontic treatment time.¹

3M partnered with Crest and Oral-B on a comprehensive guide to Brushing with Incognito™ Braces with step-by-step video guides, tips, and tricks.


The full guide shows you how and when to brush, floss, and rinse, but here are the basics:

  • 1. Rinse: Start by removing loose food particles.
  • 2. Tree brush: An interproximal brush is a great way to check behind your archwire for any remaining food debris.
  • 3. Water flosser: Many people wearing braces use a water flosser as added assurance they've removed food particles from around their brackets.
  • 4. Floss: Remove any food that’s in between your teeth with floss.
  • 5. Power brush: A specially-designed electric toothbrush head can help remove plaque in tiny, hard-to-reach spots like the areas around your braces.
  • 6. Final rinse: Now that you're done cleaning your teeth, make sure your mouth is fresh and toothpaste-free with a quick rinse.

Quick Tips

  • Brush regularly and thoroughly.
  • Floss regularly. Traditional floss is fine, but there are many products on the market designed to help easily thread floss around the wires.
  • Be sure to continue with your regular dental checkups and visits to the dental hygienist.
  • If you find your tongue wandering to a particular brace or wire, cover up the spot with a bit of dental wax. Just be sure to use your toothbrush and/or a "tree brush" to clean all the wax from your braces.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you feel anything out of place or have concerns about breakage.
  • If a bracket comes off, be sure to bring it to your next appointment. The braces are customized just for you and cannot be replaced immediately.

¹American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

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