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Teeth Brushing and Braces

If having braces meant not having to brush your teeth, it would probably be easier to get kids on board with them. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When you have braces, brushing is arguably more important than ever, as particles can easily be trapped between your teeth and the brackets.

Here’s what you should know when it comes to brushing with braces.


Ideally, you should brush after every meal. This will ensure that any lingering food particles are removed and any harmful substances don’t sit on the teeth. Sometimes, however, brushing after each meal isn’t doable.

If you can’t brush, rinse your mouth out. Antibacterial mouthwash would be the number one choice, but even rinsing with water is beneficial.

As for brushing, you should at least brush your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed. A lot of buildup happens in your mouth while you sleep. Brushing during these times will help fight that, keeping your teeth healthy and your breath smelling fresh.

Do I Need to Floss Too?

You should definitely still floss when you have braces. Floss will always reach areas that a brush simply can’t. Braces can make flossing a little trickier than normal, but it’s still doable. The best way to ensure success is with a dental floss threader. Ask your orthodontist for guidance. They might even have one on hand for you.

Using a soft pick after meals can help as well, but make sure you don’t poke or damage your gums.

How to Brush Your Teeth When You Have Braces

Truth is, when it comes to technique, brushing your teeth when you have braces isn’t really any different than when you don’t have braces. You should brush at a 45 degree angle for two minutes with a soft bristled brush. Don’t go too fast or too hard, and make sure to give each area of your mouth attention.

Just like any child should be taught.

If you’re ever unsure, just check with your orthodontist, and they should be able to help you out. Looking for Prior Lake, Lakeville, or Shakopee orthodontists? Cosmopolitan Orthodontics is here for you. Contact us today!