Keeping your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliances clean over the course of care is of the utmost importance.
In the absence of good oral hygiene you are at an increased risk of developing dental decay, areas of decalcification or stains on your teeth.
Brushing after every meal, and flossing at least once a day, is the best way to insure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment.
It is also recommended that you brush your teeth after eating snacks.
You may also consider adding other useful items like a floss threader, a small interdental toothbrush (proxabrush), or an oral irrigator (water pick) to your dental care toolkit to assist you in keeping your appliances, as well as all of the small spaces around your braces, clean.