Cleaning with braces

Yes, you do need to clean your teeth even better when you have braces! We may provide your orthodontic toothbrushes (included in the treatment fee). Make sure you:

  • Take out any elastics or plates first so you can get to all areas of your mouth.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste. The dentist or orthodontist may decide you should also use a fluoride mouthrinse on a daily or weekly basis to help protect your teeth.
  • Get a small toothbrush and brush above and below the brackets and wires on your teeth.
  • Save water. Don’t run the tap when not needed.
  • Make sure you brush your gums. Use a gently small circular motion.
  • Spend time cleaning each individual tooth!
  • Don’t forget to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth. Don’t let that tongue stop you from getting to the gums on the inside. Sometimes holding your breath for the short time you clean next to the tongue helps reduce the “gagging” feeling.
  • Don’t forget the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Rinse with water and have a look in the mirror. Have you missed anywhere?
  • Don’t forget to put the elastics back!