How To Clean Your Braces

28 January 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If you have recently gotten braces to straighten your teeth and fix your jaw alignment issue, you might be wondering how to clean them properly. It is important that you always keep them clean, otherwise you could get bacteria trapped inside, which then cause decay of your teeth. Here are some easy tips for keeping your braces clean.

Brush More Often

While you are probably used to brushing your teeth twice a day, you should be brushing at least twice as often with braces. Food and debris tends to get caught in between your braces more often, which requires more brushing. Try to brush several times a day or after every meal and snack. When you aren't able to brush your teeth, at least rinse your mouth out with water after meals to try and dislodge some of the debris. Use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush every time you brush your teeth.

Remove Your Rubber Brands

Every time you are going to brush or floss your teeth, you should first remove the rubber bands. They just get in the way and keep you from brushing your teeth properly. It is easy to remove the rubber bands once you get a hang of it. Just remember the position they are in so you can put the rubber bands back as soon as your teeth have been thoroughly brushed.

Brush Properly

One thing you will need to learn after getting your braces is how to brush properly. It is not as easily done as before you had braces and brackets covering your teeth. After removing the rubber bands, start by brushing in small circles over your teeth where you can reach them and between the braces. This circular motion helps you wiggle the toothbrush between where the brackets are in order to reach your teeth and gums. It can take twice as long to brush teeth with braces than it took you before.

Make sure you also brush the roof of your mouth, your gums, your tongue, and the inside of your cheeks to get all of the bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

Use Floss and Mouthwash

After you have brushed your teeth, get out your dental floss and clean between your teeth and underneath your gumline. A floss threader might make this a little easier when you have braces.

While mouthwash is optional when you don't have braces, it is essential when you do have braces. This is because it can further help to clean your teeth below and in between the brackets, and get rid of extra debris that you couldn't remove with the toothbrush and dental floss. For more tips, visit sites like