Cleaning your teeth with braces

Keeping your teeth and mouth clean and healthy while wearing braces is just as important (if not MORE) as when you didn’t have braces on. It can be tricky getting used to new cleaning techniques, but ensuring that your teeth are clean despite braces can help you avoid tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath from not brushing properly.

Just the same as before you had braces, toothbrushing is very important. Using circular movements rather then up and down motions when brushing will ensure that you reach behind and in between the braces brackets more effectively. Soft-bristled toothbrushes or electric toothbrushes paired with fluoridated toothpaste are best for cleaning braces.

Flossing is imperative for anyone wearing braces. Flossing will aid removal of plaque and food particles that stick to underneath the gum and in between brackets and wire.  There are many different types of floss to use, and also threading tools to aid flossing between the wire of braces.

Disclosing tablets are handy to use once a week to see spots that brushing or flossing has missed. The tablets stain plaque a bright pink colour making it easier to spot and then remove when brushing.

For kids who are not used to brushing with braces, we suggest mum or dad look out at brush times to make sure they are reaching those trickier places. Your dentist or orthodontist will also be able to give advice and demonstrations on the best way to clean when having braces.