How to brush - videos

Dr. Robert Sunstein
San Diego Orthodontist
San Diego, CA Locations
La Jolla - (858) 459-3353
Carmel Valley - (858) 755-1551

Videos Explaining How to Brush, Floss, and Fix Problems with Braces

Brushing with braces

Flossing with braces

Braces Problems

How to replace a lost spacer

How to turn a palatal expander

How to Take Care of Your Braces

Braces and Brushing

  • Brush your teeth in the morning, after each meal and before bed - with a soft toothbrush.
  • Carry a travel toothbrush with you to ensure that you can brushing anytime you've eaten and after every meal.
  • The brushing process should be about the length of an average song - 2-3 minutes
  • While wearing braces, poor brushing can cause permanent damage to the teeth. Be sure to clean around each brace as braces trap plaque which can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities.
  • Angle your toothbrush - a good way to brush is to brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum.
  • Brush all surface area of the tooth (front and back and chewing areas)
  • Clean every tooth, your gums and teeth at the back of the mouth
  • Each tooth surface should be gently scrubbed with about 10 circular strokes of the toothbrush.
  • Brush each tooth slowly. The brushing process should be about the length of an average song - 2-3 minutes.
  • Concentrate while brushing teeth where the braces meet the tooth.
  • Remember to brush your tongue. Bacteria from the tongue can cause problems.
  • Finish your thorough brushing by cleaning around your braces, angle the toothbrush to brush first from the top and then from the bottom. (Continue brushing gently, being careful not to bend or break any of the brackets or wires.)
  • After brushing, be sure to check your teeth very carefully in the mirror and make sure that all plaque and food particles are removed.
  • Floss nightly after brushing in order to ensure that your remove the plaque missed by brushing.
  • Issues with Braces

  • Teeth are the most sore after the first 24 to 72 hours after treatment.
  • Parts of your cheeks or mouth may become sore or inflamed when you first wear braces.
  • Place small pea-sized cotton or wax on the braces at the point of irritation. Mould a small piece of wax to fit over the brace that is irritating your skin - remove the wax when eating.
  • Metal-tie wire can become slightly out of place while you are eating. Use the eraser of a pencil to press an out-of-place wire back into place.


  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Cleaning between teeth is necessary to clean teeth and prevent swollen gum tissue.
  • Wrap the floss around each tooth (in the shape of the letter 'C') and move the floss up and down.
  • Place floss under the archwire - watch the video... >LI>Flossing cleans area that brushing cannot...

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    San Diego, CA 92130 
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    La Jolla :
    7575 Eads Avenue Suite #101
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 459-3353
    Carmel Valley Orthodontics
    12395 El Camino Real Suite #309
    San Diego, CA 92130
    (858) 755-1551

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