How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

As you know, orthodontic treatment can complicate oral hygiene, but in itself is not the cause of dental problems. Cleaning itself is complicated not only by stuck food but also by difficult-to-clean places formed in the mouth due to the presence of orthodontic appliances there. The most effective methods of brushing your teeth differ depending on whether these appliances are fixed (braces) or removable plates.

When brushing, attention should be paid to both the surface of the teeth and the dental gaps, the spaces between the braces and under the arches. Use toothpaste containing calcium and fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel, because, during treatment, she experiences an increased attack from bacteria inside the oral cavity.

On trips to nature, on vacation, or business trips, when going to a restaurant, it is advisable to have a brush and dental floss or a brush with you. The effects of decomposition of food debris in the mouth begin within a few minutes after the end of a meal, so the later the brushing is done, the worse for the health of your teeth. Consider also the fact that bits of food stuck between the braces and under the arch or plate look funny and can cause uncomfortable situations.

Removing plaque from the surface of the tooth enamel and along the gums during treatment with a bracket system becomes more difficult, but if you show patience, after a little practice it does not cause any particular difficulties. First, you need to remove the removable elements of the system, such as elastic bands and rods.

The villi should clean even the most distant corners, such as near the wisdom teeth (eights). Then you need to clean the gaps between the braces and the teeth: for this, upward movements on the lower jaw and downward movements on the upper jaw are best suited. This helps remove stuck food pieces.

Do not make excessively sharp and strong movements, otherwise, you can accidentally damage any elements of the bracket system. There is also special dental floss with a rigid end for braces, which can be passed between the teeth and under the arch of the bracket system. After the thread has taken its position, the surface of the tooth and gums is cleaned with gentle up and down movements. This operation must be repeated for each tooth.

Choice of food is an important aspect of hygiene during treatment with braces. Avoid eating hard, sticky and sticky foods - hard and sticky can damage or peel braces, curved arcs, and sticky can make cleaning much more difficult.

Orthodontic cleaning products.

There are special devices designed for orthodontic clinic patients. Such devices include orthodontic brushes, special dental floss, dental brushes, and irrigators.

Orthodontic toothbrushes usually differ from conventional toothbrushes in the shape of their bristles. For more effective cleaning of teeth with braces, a V-shape is used, which allows, when the brush is horizontal, it is better to clean the places above and below the brackets, and when it is at an angle, the places between the braces and under the arch.

Orthodontic dental floss (floss) is notable for the presence of a rigid end, with which it is convenient to thread them between the teeth and under the arch, can have special surfaces optimized for cleaning teeth with a bracket system and impregnated with a strengthening agent or paste. For conventional floss, the following method of application is recommended:

Pinch the ends of a silk dental floss, about 50 cm long, between the thumb and forefinger of each hand and pull it tight. Insert the taut thread between the teeth in a sawing motion.

Move the floss gently back and forth across the tooth gap.
Pull the thread up and out of the gap.
Brush all teeth in this way from all sides in all dental spaces.
NB! The portion of the floss that has cleaned one contact surface of the tooth should not be reused.

Brushes are designed to clean the interdental spaces and are more convenient to use in comparison with floss. Small bristles pass between the teeth and perfectly clean these places, if, of course, do not allow them to wear out.

By reciprocating and rotating clockwise, you will clean the interdental spaces and have a good massaging effect on the gums. It is important to replace the brushes with the fibers that have lost their rigidity with new ones in time. Usually, the brush is made in the form of a nozzle inserted into the handle, but some can be used without additional devices.

Professional teeth cleaning.

Let's be honest, not all patients fully follow the instructions described here, and it so happens that there is simply no time or nowhere to brush their teeth after eating. In addition, even if the patient fully complies with the doctor's instructions, negative aesthetic consequences of wearing braces, for example, in the form of dark plaque on the teeth, may appear. In such cases, the brush does not always help, and a more serious intervention may be required: professional teeth cleaning. Nowadays, there are many types of such services: cleaning with a chemical solution, cleaning with ultrasound, laser cleaning and whitening. Orthodontists recommend using such services every six months - a year.

During treatment with a bracket system, you must not chew, bite and gnaw:
Crisps, waffles, crisps, biscuits stick to braces so don't peel them off!
Dryers, bagels, croutons will break the arc, tear off braces and rings!
Caramel suckers, butterscotch toffee, lollipops are a real paradise for microbes!
Ice cream a thousand times NO! It will ruin the machine.
Nuts? No nuts and nut candy!

Gum? Believe me, it’s no pleasure when the whole mouth is in a sticky mass, and it is very difficult to clean the braces. Cut carrots, apples, other hard vegetables and fruits into small pieces and eat. This also applies to tough meat and any food that needs to be bitten off. We recommend that you carry a folding knife with you.

Do not bite pencils and pens, as well as nails!

- there are too cold or hot dishes, the temperature difference can lead to peeling of the braces and deterioration of the properties of the orthodontic wire;
- when treating with plastic braces, you should not drink coffee, tea, eat currant jam, because the brace locks may become stained.


- if the bracket comes off, it is necessary to save it and immediately make an appointment with your doctor. The same applies to changing the position of the fixed orthodontic ring;
- do not worry if in the first 3-7 days after the installation of the bracket system there is some discomfort or pain in the area of ​​the teeth, trauma to the cheeks and lips. To make it easier to get used to braces during this period, they are sealed with soft wax;
- visit a dental hygienist once a month for professional hygiene and fluoridation of enamel with varnishes. When and how to brush your teeth during treatment with a bracket system

Brush your teeth in front of a mirror after each meal for at least 10 minutes. Use for this:
Ortho brush, single-beam brush brush.
The Ortho toothbrush has a V-shaped recess along the central part of the bristle that follows the contours of the bracket system. The single-beam brush cleans braces and adjacent surfaces, teeth along the gums, gaps between teeth.

Dental brushes are ideal for cleaning the arch and interdental spaces.
When you are away from home, we recommend that you carry your toothpaste, brushes and a case for them.
Start with the upper jaw.

First, use the Ortho brush to clean the outer surface of the teeth, on which the braces are attached, making horizontal movements along the entire arch of the Bracket system, then move to the lower jaw.
Using a single-beam brush, thoroughly clean each bracket and the adjacent spaces, clean the gingival groove and parts of the teeth near the gums.

After that, use brushes to clean the space under the arch and interdental spaces.
Continue brushing - as usual when there are no braces on the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45 ° angle to the gum and scrub two teeth at the same time 10 times. Repeat this over the next two teeth. The same is true for the inner surface (lingual and palatine) of the teeth. Brush the chewing surface of your teeth.

Finish brushing with Superflos, pulling it between your teeth and scrubbing the sides. Rinse your mouth with warm water and a fluoride mouthwash to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
It is recommended to select pastes with a high content of fluoride, which increases the resistance of the enamel to caries.

how to use dental floss with fixed braces on your teeth?

Ask your dentist or orthodontist to show you how to clean around the braces:
Take a "threaded dental floss" with a rigid end, which is threaded through each interdental space, while stretching over the wire of the upper row of teeth and under the wire of the lower row.

Draw the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and gently slide it up and down the surface of each tooth, including the area below the gum. Unwind a new piece of dental floss as you move from one tooth to the next.

Den Tim

Practicing Dentistry for 20 years