It’s important to brush your teeth without damaging your braces. Follow this step-by-step method to brush like a pro.
- Soft-bristle toothbrush or a power toothbrush
- Toothpaste with fluoride
Step 1. Begin by rinsing your mouth with water. This will help to loosen some of the food stuck in your braces.
Step 2. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush.
Step 3. Tip the toothbrush at a 45° angle against the bracket from the bottom, upward. Brush back and forth against the bracket area. Make sure you brush every tooth and bracket.
Step 4. Tip the toothbrush at a 45° angle against the bracket from the top, downward. Brush back and forth against the bracket area. Make sure you brush every tooth and bracket.
Step 5. Place the bristles of the toothbrush against the centre of the bracket in front. Start the middle, working towards the back of the tooth in a circular motion. Start with the right side, then proceed to the left. Make sure the toothbrush is flat against the brackets. This will help to clean bacteria from around the edges of the brackets.
Step 6. Place the bristles of the brush against the gingival area (where the gums meet the teeth). Using a sweeping motion, brush gum to tooth, gum to tooth. Make sure you continue to brush all areas of the outside of the teeth, especially at the back. Apply a low-to-moderate amount of pressure.
Step 7. Brush the chewing areas of your teeth in a side-to-side motion. Apply a low-to-moderate amount of pressure.
Step 8. Brush the inner areas of your teeth with the tip of your toothbrush. Apply a low-to-moderate amount of pressure.
Step 9. Brush your tongue and roof of the mouth with toothpaste. Use a low amount of force.
Step 10. After you are finished brushing, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or a mouth rinse.
Step 11. Check your braces for any loose or broken brackets.