Brushing and Flossing with Braces

You already know that keeping your teeth clean is important. But when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, it’s even more important.


Those tiny spaces between the braces and wires can trap food and plaque, causing tooth decay. Food, the bacteria, and the metal may also react, producing a bleaching effect. This may cause small, permanent light spots on the teeth.

The Basics of Teeth Cleaning with Braces

brushing-with-bracesWhat’s the best way to clean your teeth?

Start with the basic tools: a soft-bristle brush, interdental brush, and floss. You may also use an electric toothbrush, but make sure to set it to moderate and never let the vibrations at the back of the brush to hit the braces.

Begin with the external side of the teeth. Use circular motions and angle the brush straight. Don’t forget to clean between the braces and gums as well, and the chewing surface of the teeth.

Make sure to replace your toothbrush more often than normal, as braces may wear down the bristles faster.

When to Brush and Floss

interdental-toothbrushAlways brush after you eat. Brush at least twice a day, and floss regularly. Thoroughly clean your teeth at night before you sleep.

Regular Checkups

floss-threaderMore than regular cleaning, visit us every six months for professional cleaning and checkups. Our dentist will identify areas that need more attention, making sure your teeth stays healthy and clean, in and around the braces.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason P. Ouellette, call 904-460-2200.