If there is a wide gap between neighbouring teeth, an interdental brush may be used instead of dental floss.
Insert the interdental brush into the gap between the teeth, placing the brush as close to the gum margin as possible, move the brush back and forth to clean the adjacent tooth surfaces.
Video display: Use of an interdental brush
It is rather difficult to clean the teeth with fixed orthodontic appliances in place. The teeth and the appliance should be cleaned in the morning and before bed at night every day, as well as after each meal.
Suggested cleaning method:
Firstly, brush the area between the orthodontic appliance and gingivae (gums). Then, brush the area between the appliance and the incisal edge of the teeth.
Finally, insert an interdental brush into the area between the teeth and the appliance to clean.
Flossing is difficult for people wearing fixed orthodontic appliances. Hence, superfloss can be used to facilitate the removal of dental plaque on the adjacent tooth surfaces.
Different sizes of brush head suit different widths of the interdental spaces.
Long handle is suitable for home use, short handle (travel pack) is convenient to be carried around.
When the brush head is worn out, it can be replaced. It is economical.
Choose an interdental brush that provides the most snug interdental fit. An interdental brush should be easily inserted into the interdental space and it fills up the space with no strong resistance.
Replace with a new brush when the bristles are worn or deformed.