Cleaning around your braces

Cleaning Around Your Braces

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is extremely important for good dental hygiene, however we need to remember that it is just as important if you have braces. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine while you have braces will benefit you even more once your braces are removed. Cleaning around your braces is very important. No matter what kind of braces you have, using your toothbrush to clean your teeth around the brackets is very important, in addition to flossing in-between teeth and under the wires of your braces. Dr. Nima Mir recommends a routine of twice-daily brushing as well as flossing daily in order to keep your smile looking its best!

Some tips for cleaning around your braces 

  • Careful cleaning is required with braces because it is very easy for bacteria to become trapped inside and around your braces
  • Take off any elastics or any other orthodontic appliances to make it easier to brush your teeth
  • Holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle will make it easier to clean around the pins and wires of your braces
  • Take your time to make sure that all plaque and debris is removed
  • Work all the way around your upper and lower teeth
  • Clean each tooth individually (apply gentle pressure moving in a circular motion)
  • Tilt the tooth brush to reach the inside teeth and smaller teeth near the back
  • Use dental floss to floss at least once a day (floss threaders are best for braces)
  • Rinse and check your teeth in the mirror
  • Use mouth wash

Always remember that during the time that you have braces on your teeth, you will need to visit the orthodontist regularly for adjustments to your appliance. Routine check ups are also recommended to spot cavities and any signs of gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist may also provide you with regular fluoride treatments to prevent decay on your teeth surfaces while your wearing braces. We hope this was helpful!