How to Brush Your Teeth with Braces

How to Brush Teeth With Braces

Braces are still a common choice for straightening teeth. It is important to brush your teeth and braces regularly. If you need braces in Hamden, CT, you’ll want to work with a skilled orthodontist who can install them and show you how to maintain your braces. Here is how to brush your teeth with braces.

Rinse Mouth with Water

The first step is to rinse your mouth with water. This will remove any loose food and liquids from your teeth and your braces. That way, your brush will stay cleaner and be more effective at removing stuck-on food. Rinsing your mouth with water first will also clean small places where brushes and other cleaning tools often miss.

Brush at Gumline

When you brush your teeth, start at the gumline. Your gums need to be cleaned as well to ensure that they stay healthy. Plus, you will be able to cover the front of your teeth without the brush getting stuck in the braces. Work your way across your entire gum line before working on your braces.

Clean Top of Brackets

Then, start at the top of your braces. Brush gently and slowly to make sure that you are not putting extra pressure on braces. Too much pressure could cause the wire to snap or dislodge a bracket, which requires a trip to the dentist as soon as possible. Again, work your way all the way across before moving on to the next part.

Clean Between Wire and Bracket

Make sure that you clean between the wire and the bracket as much as possible. There is a small gap between the top of the bracket and the wire. Food can get stuck in there and it is often overlooked. Use the long bristles of your brush to get under the wire. Take your time and be gentle so that you don’t risk knocking the wire out of place. It may help to have a smaller cleaning brush rather than a full-sized toothbrush. However, a full-sized toothbrush should work fine.

Use a Floss Threader

When you have cleaned all of the surfaces of your teeth and braces, it is time to floss. You need to get the floss all the way to the gumline, so you can use a floss threader to get under your braces. It is a small device that you can get at any grocery or convenience store. You tie the floss to it and slide it under the wire. This lets you clean all the way to the gumline and makes the process of threading floss under your braces much faster.

Use Mouthwash

Once you have finished brushing and flossing, use mouthwash to finish the cleaning process. Mouthwash cleans in places where brushes and other tools struggle to reach. Plus, it can help fight infections and bacteria that cause tooth damage and can damage your braces. Mouthwash is essential for a full, deep cleaning that keeps your teeth and braces in the best condition possible. 

If you need help cleaning or getting fitted for braces, Brace-Asaurus can help. We serve patients of all ages that are looking to improve their smile. Contact Brace-Asaurus at 203-281-1022 or email us at to schedule an appointment.