Do Your Part

Take especially good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment. By brushing and flossing regularly, you'll keep your teeth and gums in top condition and make sure your orthodontic treatment will deliver the healthiest smile possible.

brushing teeth diagram

Brushing While Wearing Braces

When your braces come off, you'll see that your extra efforts have been rewarded with a healthy, great-looking smile you'll be proud of.

Failure to spend a little extra time on caring for your braces can result in white spots on your teeth once the braces are removed, an unsightly condition that no one wants.

Caring for Invisalign

You'll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque don't get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease.

Invisalign clear aligners

colorful orthodontic retainers

Caring for Retainers

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. To do this, dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature, and soak your appliance everyday.