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Brushing With Braces Philadelphia, PA
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When you learned to independently brush your teeth you were probably around 2 years old. Your mom and dad probably taught, demonstrated and modeled proper brushing techniques for you so you could get optimal results from your twice-daily oral routine. Props to parents who place an important emphasis on proper dental care.

Now that you have braces on, it’s time to step back and re-evaluate your brushing technique and make some appropriate adjustments while your teeth are undergoing the adjustment process as well. Brushing your teeth with braces on adds a new dynamic to your tooth navigation. If you’re a parent, you may need to step in and offer further assistance and encouragement for your brace-wearing child.

Brushing Techniques While Wearing Braces

  1. Rinse your mouth before brushing to remove or loosen any food particles that are lodged in or around your braces.
  2. Gently brush your gum line using a 45-degree angle. Do not rub too hard, gentle strokes with a soft-bristle toothbrush are optimal.
  3. Position your toothbrush on top of your braces angling down, and then repeat the process angling up. This ensures you’re cleaning the top and bottom portions of your braces and the teeth located beneath each one.
  4. Utilize a soft pick brush if there are tight spaces that are difficult to reach.
  5. Don’t forget to finish with thorough floss one time per day. You may need to use a floss threader to navigate through the braces.

Come see us at Broad Street Braces to discover how we are Philly’s premier orthodontic specialists for children, teens and adults.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


Mon – 8am to 5pm
Tue – 8am to 5pm
Wed – 8am to 5pm
Thu – 8am to 5pm
Fri – 8am to 1pm

Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!