If you’re considering braces or are new to them, you may be wondering the best way to maintain your oral hygiene. This is probably especially true since wearing braces requires more frequent brushing than before you had them.
Swish to Start
Before you begin brushing, rinse your mouth with water. This will help loosen food and debris stuck in all the nooks and crevices of your braces and teeth.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Use the same technique you would without braces–angle your brush at a 45-degree angle and start brushing at the gumline. Once the gumline has been cleaned, move down to the top of the brackets, being sure to angle downward to reach all the way around each bracket. Once the tops of all the brackets have been brushed, repeat the process for the bottom by angling the brush upward. Be sure to brush the back of your teeth and the interior surface (facing the tongue).
Between the Teeth
Don’t forget to clean between your teeth, too! Flossing can be a bit trickier with the braces, so many patients find that using a floss threader makes this process easier.
Swish to Finish
Following the steps of brushing and flossing, use mouthwash to do a final rinse. This will help sweep away any remaining debris or particles. Mouthwash will help your whole mouth feel fresher and cleaner.