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How to Brush With Braces

For anyone new to braces, learning how to care for your teeth and the wires being used to shape them can seem like a confusing, complicated process. In many ways, brushing your teeth after you’ve had braces put on is very similar to the routine you likely had before braces. However, there are a few things to consider.

Brush Them Several Times Every Single Day 

You may be thinking that brushing your teeth every day is nothing new, nor is it something you didn’t already know. Understanding why it’s more important than ever to brush your teeth multiple times a day can make a big difference in how your teeth look after the braces come off. Discolored teeth, swollen gums and cavities are just a few reasons you should be even more vigilant about your brushing routine than normal. 

Brushing Routine

Here is our suggestion for brushing your teeth with braces:

Step 1: Rinse your mouth to get any stray food particles and debris out.

Step 2: Start brushing. Keep the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the front and back of teeth as normal and be sure to get the brush in between the teeth and the wires.

Step 3: Keep it up for at least three minutes so you can be sure you don’t miss anything.

Step 4: Finish up by brushing your tongue and rinsing your mouth.

Yes, You Still Need to Floss

Brushing may be similar to the way it was before braces, but flossing can be a little more challenging. Getting floss between the teeth and the wires is really important. Using a tool called a floss threader can help.

Flossing Routine

Here is our suggestion for flossing teeth with braces:

Step 1: Using the threader, put the floss up and under the wires.

Step 2: Remove the threader.

Step 3: Floss the tooth on all sides.

Step 4: Remove floss from that section and move on to the next section.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on all sections of teeth and wire.

If you are having trouble caring for your teeth with braces or have any questions, feel free to call our office at 206-316-8286.

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