How to clean teeth with braces

BY Dr. Rooz

It is essential to maintain a great oral health while wearing braces. In this video, we explain how you can take care of your teeth with braces.

Here is a list of common questions that we hear everyday from our patients.

  • How do you get plaque off your teeth with braces?

To remove plaque when you are wearing braces, you might have to brush your teeth slightly longer. Food particles get stuck between the wire and braces. You also have to remember removing the plaque around the gumline; a 45 degree angle of your toothbrush bristles can help you to this end.  

  • How do I keep my teeth clean and white with braces?

Most orthodontist provide you with a home care when you start your orthodontic treatment. These kit include tooth brushes, mouthwash, toothpaste with fluoride and sometime a water flosser or an electric toothbrush. The key is to actively think about cleaning your teeth after you eat. 

  • How to keep flossing with orthodontic braces on my teeth? 

You can use floss threader or proxabrush to pass the floss above your wire and then clean between your teeth as you used to do without brackets. 

  • What is the best way to clean teeth with braces?

Special braces friendly toothbrushes with circular motions can make this easier yet a conventional toothbrush with a good technique is more than enough. 

  • How do you keep your teeth clean with braces?

You have to brush both chewing surfaces of the teeth and the interdental gum area. Waterpik or mouth rinse solutions can also help. The goal is to maintain a high level of oral care, remove all the food debris and avoid excessive tartar around your teeth.  

  • What toothpaste should I use with braces?

You can use any toothpaste with your braces. Some orthodontists recommend toothpastes with high fluoride content during treatment with braces or clear aligners (Invisalign).

  • How do I brush my teeth with braces?

Follow the instruction on the video to see how you can maneuver your tooth brush to clean all areas of your mouth including surfaces of your teeth. You can also add rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash to your daily habit. 

  • What do I do if I can’t reach the back teeth with my toothbrush with braces?

You can use electric toothbrush or a water flosser to remove the plaque buildup in the back teeth. You can also schedule a more regular oral hygiene check with your dentist. This is essential to avoid developing gum disease and take care of your oral health.