How to Keep Your Braces Clean

Brushing and flossing with braces on can be challenging. We know this! But that’s why Dr. Truman’s team is standing by to help with any glitches you may experience after your braces are fitted. We can teach you tricks that will help maintain a healthy, clean mouth before, during, and after your orthodontic treatment.

This article will help you learn to keep your braces, teeth, and gums clean. How will you floss with traditional braces? Can you use an electric toothbrush? Find out more.


Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

When it comes to orthodontics, every person is different. So, while this article will cover some general rules, talk with our team to find out if there are any tips and tricks that will help your personal braces experience.

Generally, brushing your teeth with braces includes the following steps:

  • Removing the elastic bands or other removable parts of your braces. This could be bands, or in the case of Invisalign, just take the clear plastic tray off.
  • If you have traditional braces, carefully clean around the pins and wires, brushing from the top to bottom of your teeth.
  • Using an electric toothbrush is fine; we recommend the ones that have a sensor that lights up if you’re brushing too hard.
  • Rinse completely, then check the braces to see if there are any food particles remaining.
  • We recommend brushing your teeth for a good two minutes at least twice per day.

How to Floss with Braces

You should record your first experience flossing with braces. At the end of your treatment, go back and look at the video. You will be amazed at how hard it was at first, and how much of a breeze it was at the end. Be patient, you will get the hang of this! Here are some tricks you’ll learn:

  • Flossing once a day with waxed floss is important for keeping your braces and teeth clean. You don’t want to take the braces off only to find a cavity has formed! Start by threading the floss between the main wire and your teeth, pulling it gently between, then moving on to the next tooth. You can even get floss made especially for braces – recommended!
  • Use about 18 inches of floss and carefully thread it through. Don’t snap or tug it; be patient.
  • Parents should help smaller children with this task.

There are videos online that will show you how to floss your teeth with braces. When you’re fitted with the appliance, our team will help you practice so you’re all set when you go home – but call us if you have any problems!


Regular Checkups – Also a Part of Braces

In addition to checking your braces and continuing to adjust them as your teeth shift, Dr. Truman’s team will be keeping an eye on your oral hygiene. Your regular appointments will include repairing any broken brackets, as well as helping you adjust to your new life with braces. We may recommend a fluoride treatment or other process to help keep your teeth and gums in top shape during your orthodontic procedure. We will see you about once a month throughout the process and are always available if you have any questions or concerns.

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