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Brushing & Flossing

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Here at Stormberg Orthodontics, we provide high quality orthodontic care in a professional, yet stress-free environment. Our treatment options include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, metal or clear braces, so there is sure to be a treatment option that fits your lifestyle and needs. Good oral hygiene is never more important than when you are undergoing orthodontic care, so here are a few tips and tricks to help you properly clean your teeth while wearing brace/Invisalign attachments.


It’s best that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal. Dr. Stormberg suggests that each time you brush you do it first with plain water and then repeat the process with fluoride toothpaste. We recommend that you not use whitening products since you won’t be able to whiten the entire surface of the teeth while wearing braces/Invisalign attachments.

When brushing, you should:

  • Start on the outside of your teeth and work the brush in circular motions at a straight angle.
  • Brush upper jaw with a downward angle (for the lower jaw, angle up) when cleaning between braces and gums.
  • Brush upper jaw with an upward angle (use a downward angle for the lower jaw) as you finish cleaning the outside of your teeth.
  • Be gentle while brushing the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Brush the inside surfaces of your teeth last.
  • Brush your tongue and the palate (roof of your mouth)
  • Brush any removable appliances you are wearing.
  • We recommend using an interdental toothbrush to help keep your braces, gums, and teeth clean.


Floss at least once daily. You can use a threader to help you pull the floss beneath the underwire. Once it is through, carefully move the floss up and down between your teeth all the way to the gums. Be sure you use a different section of the floss for each tooth. For your convenience, we offer Platypus orthodontic flossers at our office or you can purchase them online.

Rinsing & Retainer Care

Use either an antiseptic dental rinse or warm water to rinse your teeth after flossing. You should also brush your removable appliance whenever you brush your teeth to remove plaque and particles of food from it. Add a partial or retainer-cleaning tablet to a cup of room temperature tap water and soak your appliance for about 15-20 minutes every 2-3 days, rinse with water and return to wear or retainer case.  Do not soak overnight. Do not place in dishwasher or use hot water, this may distort the appliance.

Get In Touch With Us Today

While taking proper care of your braces, teeth, and gums may seem like a lot of work, we’re confident you’ll develop an easy routine in no time. For additional tips, or to learn more about which foods you should avoid while wearing braces, contact our office. We service patients from Santee, El Cajon and more, so contact us if you are looking for an orthodontist in the San Diego area.

Stormberg Orthodontics

  • Stormberg Orthodontics - 4333 Palm Ave., Suite C, La Mesa, CA 91941 Phone: 619-462-4462 Fax: 619-462-8267

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