There is a lot your orthodontist can do to give you a healthy smile, but they cannot do it all. In the end, the greatest part of dental care is your responsibility. The good news is that this is pretty easy: you just need to brush four times a day and floss twice a day.
If you have a fixed appliance, you may need to brush differently than you have bee. Start by purchasing a soft-bristle brush. Using fluoride toothpaste, use small, circular motions to clean around the appliance, along all surfaces of the teeth, and onto the gumline. You should spend at least two minutes brushing. Brushing should be done four times a day during treatment: after each meal and before bed.
No brush, no matter how good, can access all parts of the teeth and gums. For this, flossing is needed. If you have a fixed appliance, a floss threader will make this easier on you. Twice a day, floss your teeth carefully, especially around the archwire. Be gentle so you do not hurt your appliance or your gums.
Seeing the orthodontist does not replace your twice-yearly dental visits. Ultimately, dentists and orthodontists perform different types of work, so you need to see both throughout your treatment. If your dentist notices problems, they will be treated in conjunction with your orthodontic care.