How to Properly Clean Your Braces

Posted on August 15, 2023


Braces help you get a straighter smile. The last thing that you want is to damage or stain your teeth while wearing these orthodontic devices. But, if you are not careful and do not properly clean your teeth or braces, this is exactly what can happen. Read along as an orthodontist provides tips on properly cleaning your teeth and braces.

Swish With Mouthwash

One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean your teeth and your braces is to swish mouthwash in your mouth. Ideally, this should be done after every meal. This liquid helps to remove any leftover sugar or residue that can stain your teeth or lead to cavities. It also helps to remove particles that may be stuck between your teeth and braces. If you do not have mouthwash, you can use a saltwater rinse.

Brush With a Soft Toothbrush Twice a Day

Braces should not stop you from brushing your teeth. You should clean at least twice a day, even with braces on. Take the time to brush for at least two minutes, moving in a circular motion. When you have braces, it is important to use a soft toothbrush to prevent damage to the brackets.

Use a Water Pick or Interdental Toothbrush

Removing food, debris, plaque and germs from around your braces is not always possible using a toothbrush alone. You will also need to use a water pick or an interdental toothbrush to completely clean around the brackets on your teeth. Your orthodontist will be able to show you how to safely use one or both of these products without causing damage to your orthodontic devices.

Many parents believe that they need to wait until their child’s adult teeth come in to start thinking about orthodontics, but this is not the case. Orthodontic devices can be put on children as young as six to eight years old, depending on the situation. According to Better Health Channel, by the age of eight, children should be able to brush their teeth on their own without any guidance from an adult. Proper brushing during orthodontic treatment is important for patients of all ages!

If your child has teeth that are clearly not straight or that have gaps in them, you want to consult with an orthodontist early in your child’s life. If you suspect your child may need braces, reach out to Lineberger Orthodontics for an examination and consultation.