Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis
& Swenson
Eric C. Edstrom & Alex J. Trigonis, DDS, MS
Adam L. Swenson, DMD, MS
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children & Adults 
805.687.5561

Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis & Swenson & Team
Drs. Edstrom, Trigonis
& Swenson

Eric C. Edstrom and Alex J. Trigonis DDS, MS.
Adam L. Swenson DMD, MS

Specialists in Orthodontics for Children & Adults

Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Oral Hygiene

At the appointment that your appliances are placed, our clinical staff will give you thorough instructions, tips, and dental aids to help you keep your teeth as clean as possible during treatment. At that point you will learn that brushing and flossing with braces can be a bit more challenging than your usual routine. It will take you a little longer than usual because you will have to brush and floss more carefully and more thoroughly; this is because food tends to collect around and between braces, helping to create excess plaque. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface.

In order to avoid the buildup of plaque and staining of your teeth, brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule (keep an extra toothbrush and floss at school or at work to use after eating). Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure, and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth; brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. Some patients find it easier to keep their braces clean by using an electric toothbrush. 

Flossing is also very important and should be done every day. Floss threaders are reusable, and make flossing with braces much easier. Patients who have greater difficulty flossing with braces, find a water floss system like Waterpik to be very helpful!

We also recommend that you see your general dentist at least every three (3) to six (6) months for a deeper, more professional cleaning and exam while you have your braces on. We feel it is important to work closely with your general dentist to help ensure that your orthodontic treatment results in the healthiest bite and most beautiful smile possible!