It is important to brush and floss your teeth after meals in order to avoid some of the consequences of inadequate oral hygiene, including decalcification (white spots/marks), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and periodontal disease (inflammation and disease of the gums, which lead to bone loss).
Using an angled toothbrush is important in order to properly clean all sides of the teeth and under the wire. To avoid rushing while brushing your teeth, make sure you follow the brushing and flossing instructions provided in the video. It may also help to use a timer (some electric toothbrushes have timers built in).
Flossing between the teeth is also very important during orthodontic treatment. It is very difficult to reach the spaces in between the teeth and around the brackets and wires with a toothbrush, so regular flossing will help to prevent plaque buildup in these areas. With braces, the floss should be thread underneath the wire by hand or with a floss threader. In the event you and Dr. Mahaffey decide that Invisalign is the right treatment for your needs, you may remove your aligners when brushing and flossing.
For more detailed brushing and flossing instructions, click on the links in the video above or print the instructions for proper brushing and flossing.