Brushing with Braces
How to brush your teeth with braces on
Brushing your teeth with Braces
Oral hygiene is extremely important and we are unable to start any orthodontic treatment on anyone who has poor oral hygiene.
How Can You Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy?
- Brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime. Brushing properly removes plaque, which is a film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth.
- Choose the right brush for you, electric or manual. Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles and a small head. Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush-head every 3 months.
- Using circular motions, brush all surfaces of your teeth and gums (don't forget to brush behind your teeth). You can use the forward and backward motions on the biting surfaces.
- After you have used your electric or manual tooth brush, use a small tuft-ended toothbrush like the one we will give you in your care pack on the day your braces go on. This is designed to get under the wire and get rid of food that's hidden where your normal toothbrush can't reach.
- Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 8-10 minutes each time you brush. TIP: If you have trouble keeping track of the time, play a song you like to help pass the time or use an egg timer.
- Use Nutrafluor tooth paste at night, last thing before you go to bed. Keep this away from any younger siblings.
- Brush your tongue - to help keep your breath fresh!
- Visit your dentist regularly – They will check for signs of cavities (holes in your teeth) and gum disease.
- Eat Healthily - Remember you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially in between meals.
Check out our Youtube video below on how to brush your teeth with braces on!