Cleaning Braces: Get the Right Tools for the Job


One of the biggest challenges facing people who are new to wearing braces is oral hygiene. Once you get braces, it is more important than ever to keep your mouth as clean as possible to protect your smile. Braces offer some new obstacles to clean around, and that means you will have to adjust your daily routine to accommodate them. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to get good at cleaning your teeth and the new gear if you have the right tools for the job. Here we will look at some of the most important things you need to know keep your teeth clean and healthy while realigning your smile. 

A rubber-tipped gum massager picks out food that gets stuck

Braces offer plenty of places for food to become lodged. Sometimes if the food gets wedged in the brackets, a toothbrush may not catch all of it, and that could mean bad news for your teeth. The best solution is to rinse your mouth with water to help loosen everything up, and then take a rubber tipped gum massager and gently pick out any stuck food that you can find. After another water rinse you’re ready to brush your teeth.

Slim, soft-bristled toothbrushes maneuver much better

A slimmer, smaller toothbrush makes it easier to work around all the surfaces of your teeth that have braces attached to them. You can use either a manual or electric toothbrush, as long as it is easy to maneuver around all of the new gear in your mouth. You want to use a small amount of toothpaste and brush thoroughly in circular motions for about three to five minutes. Make sure to reach every surface of the brackets and your teeth, as well as the gum line. If you decide to use an electric toothbrush, make sure it is the rotating kind that moves in circular motions, as this is better than the vibrating variety.

A floss threader helps you clean between teeth and braces

Flossing is always an important part of caring for your teeth, and it becomes much more of a challenge when you have wires blocking the way. The trick is to get thin, wax-coated floss that you can thread behind the wires so you can gently floss between your teeth. A floss threader is a great tool to solve this problem, as it makes it possible to get the floss behind your wires. It’s a plastic needle with an eye, kind of like a sewing needle, through which you thread the floss. Then you insert the plastic needle beneath your arch wire and pull the floss through. It’s important to floss between all of your teeth, and the threader makes the process easy.

Waterpiks work great when combined with flossing

Contrary to popular belief, a Waterpik can’t replace traditional flossing. You still need to floss between all of your teeth to keep them clean and healthy. But a Waterpik can be helpful in cleaning between your teeth when you have braces because it shoots a narrow stream of water to help dislodge any food particles you might have missed. A Waterpik should be used after flossing to help clean up anything you might have accidentally left behind. You can use water, or with some models you can use mouthwash to get that extra clean and fresh feeling.

Keeping your teeth clean is very important when you have braces, and these tools will help you get the job done right. We can help you find the right products for your new oral hygiene plan to accommodate your braces so you can keep your smile healthy. Call today, or write your questions down and bring them into your next appointment and let our team of professionals give you the answers and solutions you are looking for.