Brushing your teeth with braces
When you have braces, it’s important to brush after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your smile.
Brush the area either above the braces for upper teeth and below braces for lower teeth – where the gums and teeth meet. The toothbrush bristles must be positioned at a 45-degree angle to the gum line using a small circular motion.
Spend approximately 10 seconds cleaning each tooth
- Brush above and below the bracket using a scrubbing action.
- Brush the biting surface of the teeth using a scrubbing action.
- Brush the inside surface of the teeth sweeping the bristles from the gum towards the tip of the tooth.
- Once both top and bottom teeth have been cleaned, take the interproximal brush and slide it underneath the wire and jiggle the bristles towards the gums, this cleans in between the teeth, either side of the bracket and under the wire.
- Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-headed
- Brush top and bottom teeth separately.
- Start from the back tooth (left or right) and work around systematically.
- After finishing, always look and check so there is no plaque or food debris left.
- You need to brush at least twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and once more after dinner before you go to bed. This should take you at least 5 minutes each time.
Plaque is the problem!
Plaque is a sticky white substance that collects around the teeth and braces. Plaque is made up of saliva, bacteria, and food. If plaque and trapped food are left on your teeth and around your braces, it can cause swollen gums, bad breath, marks on your teeth, and cavities. Plaque can discolour your teeth and make them look yellow.