Brushing & Flossing


Brushing & Flossing Are Key To Protecting Your Braces and Your Smile

At Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics, our orthodontists and expert team work hard to design personalized treatment plans to meet our patients’ unique needs. To achieve the best results possible, however, you also have to care for your teeth at home. Adopting healthy brushing and flossing routines will help you achieve the straight, healthy, and beautiful smile you desire.

Brushing Is the Cornerstone of Success

Brushing is always essential for maintaining oral health, but it is even more important when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Whether you opt for Invisalign or metal braces, you will need to brush your teeth more often than non-orthodontic patients. Ideally, you should brush four times a day: once after each meal and once before bed. Our orthodontists recommend frequent brushing to ensure that food does not get caught in your wires or brackets, or sit on your teeth for long periods of time. When brushing, take extra care to get beneath your brackets and wires, where food commonly gets trapped.

Flossing and Cleaning Around Archwires and Brackets

Flossing is also a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment. Floss can help keep food from building up beneath brackets, under archwires, and between your teeth. A special tool called an interdental toothbrush can dislodge bits of food that get stuck in the teeth and braces. By incorporating floss and these special types of brushes in your regular tooth care regime, you can prevent plaque build-up and maintain a clean and healthy smile.

Contact Our Office Today

A strong and consistent oral hygiene routine is critical to the success of your orthodontic treatment. While brushing and flossing are the cornerstone of any successful oral hygiene regimen, your teeth still need a thorough cleaning every six months to ensure that plaque does not build up beneath your wires or brackets. Let our team help you maintain the health of your smile. You can call us at (508) 485-8788 for our Marlborough, MA, office, (508) 393-5400 for our Northborough, MA, office, or (617) 332-2434 for our Newton Centre, MA office. You can also schedule an appointment online.

Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics

  • Marlborough - 126 Union St., Marlborough, MA 01752 Phone: (508) 485-8788
  • Northborough - 1 E. Main St., Northborough, MA 01532 Phone: (508) 393-5400
  • Newton Centre - 4 Lyman St., Newton Centre, MA 02459 Phone: (617) 332-2434

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