4116 Von Talge, Suite A

St. Louis, MO


​​​​1119 W. Gannon Dr.

Festus, MO


Stephen G. Nikodem, D.D.S., M.S.

​Family Orthodontic Care

  •  Toothbrush should be tilted above and below the brackets at a 45 degree angle.

  • The tooth brush bristles should extend under the wire when angled correctly.

  • When flossing with braces, a floss threader is used to guide the floss under the wire. The floss should wrap around the front and back of the tooth, in a "C" shape. This allows you to gently slide the floss under the gum tissue to remove food debris and plaque from inbetween your teeth.

  • Bleeding  during brushing or flossing is not normal, and is an indicator of unhealthy gum tissues.

Caring for your teeth while in braces

Brushing and flossing with braces

When in braces, it is  important to maintain good oral hygiene. Failure to do so can cause demineralization of your teeth (white spots), cavities, discoloration, and inflammation of your gum tissue. In severe cases, treatment may even have to be placed on hold until good oral hygiene and health is re-established.

We recommend brushing and flossing after every meal, and before bedtime. If you are unable to brush and floss right away, at least vigorously rinse your mouth with water to remove as much food debris as possible from around the braces and teeth.  At a minimum, you should be brushing twice per day and flossing once per day.