Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

We strongly recommend you rinse at least twice a day for 30 seconds with a GERM KILLER.  The three we recommend are LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE, CREST PRO·HEALTH COMPLETE, and ACT® Total Care.  Each of these three have agents to kill bacteria germs and fluoride to help strengthen teeth which are both extremely important during your orthodontic treatment.

Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will  reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection  and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth  with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for  brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using  peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth  heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for  canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Warm salt-water rinses also help soothe minor irritations caused by your braces.  Simply use warm water from the sink, sprinkle in table salt and swish for one minute before spitting it out. (You do NOT need to swallow the salt-water!)

Topical Fluoride

MI Paste Plus is a topical creme with calcium phosphate and sodium fluoride that can be applied to your teeth after brushing and flossing to help prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces.  Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily routine at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinkin

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.