Fixed braces make complicate dental care as they have corners and angles hard to clean. But just the same basic principles apply to oral hygiene with fixed braces as to regular oral hygiene. We also recommend the Bass-technique for brackets on the teeth (see also teeth hygiene). The only change brushing the teeth with brackets attached is that the brush-head is wiggled 45 degrees downwards and then upwards at every single tooth. This assures that food debris and plaque is removed from all surfaces. Of course dental care with braces attached to the teeth must last take longer than normal dental care. The ideal duration for brushing teeth without brackets is about three minutes, while you may thoroughly reckon five minutes for cleaning teeth with brackets. Thus, it is unnecessary to brush this thorough three times a day. After breakfast and lunch, a superficial cleaning is appropriate. Once a day, preferably in the evening, the dental plaque should be removed completely. So you should invest the full five minutes at night before going to bed!