14361 Metropolis Ave # 1, Fort Myers

21740 S Tamiami Trail Suite 116, Estero

Brushing and Flossing

When you have braces, it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

Brushing with Braces

Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As an alternative, you can use a powered toothbrush to increase your brushing effectiveness. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances.

Flossing with Braces

Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean, which will also help keep your treatment time on track. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your pointer fingers of both hands, leaving a few inches of taut floss between them. Gently slide the floss between each set of teeth using a back and forth motion. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. Repeat this process until you’ve flossed all of your teeth. If you find that your floss is not removing all of the food particles between your teeth and around your braces, ask us about a water flosser!

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14361 Metropolis Ave # 1,
Fort Myers, FL 33912

21740 S Tamiami Trail Suite 116,
Estero, FL 33928

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Located in Estero, Fl and Ft Myers, FL,  our leading orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve your most attractive and healthy smile-- combining skill and expertise that spans the entire orthodontic spectrum. Dr. Michele Laboda is committed to bringing you better health and a beautiful smile.

Michele Laboda, DDS, MS is an orthodontist in Estero, Fl and Ft Myers, FL, and offers orthodontics including braces and Invisalign. Call (239) 390-0289