Brushing and Flossing

Keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is one of the most important ways you can help Dr. Emerson achieve a fantastic smile. When you get your appliances, we will spend time instructing you on how to clean your teeth. Our patients receive a brushing grade each visit and if it is below satisfactory, we will spend time discussing with you how to improve on the areas that are missed.

The following are some of the keys to a healthy mouth during orthodontics:

  • Reducing drinks that are high in sugar
    • Soft drinks, especially Dr. Pepper and Mt. Dew
    • Sports and Energy Drinks
    • Fruit Juices
  • Brushing teeth after each time you eat to remove food and sugary film
  • Brushing along the gum-line (above top braces and below bottom braces)

The following video discusses proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.


I have hated my teeth since I can remember! Finally just after my 50th birthday I can smile and be proud of my teeth! No more putting my hand over my mouth or smiling without teeth! I got my braces off today (after only 11 months worn)!!! Thank you Dr. Emerson and Thanks to your wonderful staff!!! Everyone there is wonderful. Dr. Emerson you did exactly what you said you would do and it looks better than I could have ever imagined!!! Thank you!!


I previously worked in the dental field myself for 25 years so I'm pretty picky when it comes to doctors. Emerson Orthodontics "had me at hello"! Aside from being extremely efficient, the doctor and his (obviously well picked) staff are warm, welcoming and friendly. The exact type of office I would have enjoyed working with! Which explains why I chose them for myself and my children's orthodontic treatment!!

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