Top Tips for Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Braces are incredibly efficient for correcting teeth, jaw alignment and bite. Despite this, braces can attract and harbour bacteria and food. Brushing and flossing can therefore be challenging when you have braces, but it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keeping your pearly whites nice and clean is our priority and as a patient this is your number one job.

We are all about making your orthodontic journey the best experience possible so let us at Mehta Orthodontics give you some tips to keeping your braces clean:

  1. Brush Regularly. Every time you brush your teeth, especially after eating, it will remove the food particles that are stuck which will save you from removing them later in your day or even getting more food stuck!
  2. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush. Choosing a very soft toothbrush will be the best option with braces as the bristles will work to get all of the tiny nooks that your teeth have plus it will be nice and soft on your Interdental brushes can help you clean between the wires and brackets. They’re small and flexible, making it easy to reach tight spaces.
  3. Pick a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  4. Use the right technique. If you hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, you can clean above and below the wire on your teeth as well as flushing out the debris that may be trapped. The key is to not have debris stuck in your gums or your brackets. Orthodontic experts believe flossing before brushing is the most efficient way to remove dental plaque. By doing this you can assist in increasing the amount of fluoride your teeth soak up from the toothpaste, strengthening them and boosting their resistance to decay.
  5. Visit your orthodontist regularly. Regular checkups with your orthodontist can help identify any issues with your braces or teeth and ensure they are properly aligned.

Tips for how to hold your toothbrush:

  • Hold the toothbrush against the front sides of the teeth at a 45 degree angle. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions. Try to follow the regular curve of the gums and teeth as you go from tooth to tooth.
  • Carefully brush each tooth for several seconds. Don’t rush it! Make sure all food particles are reached and removed along the gum line, between the braces, and on the surface of each tooth.
  • Take care to brush the biting surfaces of the teeth, the back sides of the teeth, and behind the molars.
  • Brush the roof of your mouth and tongue before rinsing for extra fresh breath!
  • Keep brackets clean by angling the brush head against them as you brush. Remember to brush thoroughly under the wires as well.

Remember, good oral hygiene is important for everyone, but especially for those with braces. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.