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Brushing with Braces


If you’re wondering how to take care of your teeth while wearing braces, you’re not alone; good oral care is important when you’re wearing braces, but it's something many patients struggle with.

To help answer your questions, 3M teamed up with Crest and Oral-B to create Brushing with Braces, your pathway to better oral health during orthodontic treatment.

Visit 3M.com/BrushingWithBraces for step-by-step videos, tips, tricks, and more.

Here’s a summary of 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 is made to 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.

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