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Drs. Christenson & Oakley strongly believe that having healthy teeth is more important than having straight teeth. Good oral hygiene habits will keep your teeth healthy throughout orthodontic treatment and the rest of your life!

At Christenson Family Orthodontics, all of our patients receiving comprehensive care a given a free electic toothbrush when they start treatment. The electric toothbrush will make it easier to keep your teeth clean, but it's up to you to use it!!!


  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and the recommended toothbrush that is in good condition. Remember to replace a worn toothbrush as soon as possible.
  • Make sure to brush on and around all parts of your braces and teeth. This includes the front, tops, and backs of all your teeth. Angle the toothbrush to get above and under the brackets. Don’t forget your tongue and the roof of your mouth as well!
  • Make sure to brush your gums thoroughly.
  • Rinse and look at your teeth in the mirror. If any food particles or soft white coating (called plaque) is still left on your teeth brush again.


  • Floss at least once per day.
  • Take your time and clean carefully along and under your gums.
  • Flossing with braces takes time, patience, and practice. You will get the hang of it!

Other Helpful Tools

  • Purchasing a Waterpik is a good idea.
  • Use a fluoride rinse every night before bed (after you brush and floss). Look for a rinse that says "Anti-cavity", "Fights cavities" or "Strengthens enamel."
  • Interproximal brushes are convenient when on the go but are not a substitute for brushing or flossing.
  • You can try using the "Orthodontic Flossers" if you struggle with flossing. Plackers Orthopick Flossers and Platypus Orthodontic Flossers are two options.
  • Disclosing tablets can help show you which surfaces of your teeth you are missing.

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