How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Getting braces means you may have to switch up how you brush your teeth. Sometimes, it can be tricky. Once you get braces, plaque and food pieces have more spaces to accumulate. Unfortunately, they end up trapped because of the braces. This is why it’s essential to know how to brush your teeth with braces.

How to Brush with Braces

First, you need to remove any rubber bands or other removable pieces. Then, you can start cleaning your braces, in this order:

  1. Top of your brackets
  2. Bottom of your brackets
  3. Between and around your brackets

Once your brackets have been thoroughly brushed, it’s time to move on to your teeth. Note, It’s best to brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Check out some of the best brushes for braces. Brush each quadrant of your teeth for at least 30 seconds. Finally, rinse out your mouth and examine your clean teeth.

How to Floss with Braces

Flossing with braces can feel like a challenge. But, it will be easy once you get the hang of it. The rule of thumb is to floss once a day with waxed floss. Unwaxed floss has a tendency to get caught up and ripped in your braces. Here’s how to maneuver the floss:

  1. Thread it under your main wire before flossing between the two teeth
  2. Once threaded, gently floss up and down between your gums on each side
  3. Slowly pull out the thread from your main wire and repeat.

Make sure you cut a good length of floss to use, 18-20in. Always be gentle with the floss to ensure it doesn’t snap or get stuck in your braces.


Keeping your teeth clean is a big deal. And having braces means double the time it takes to perform your oral care. Take care of your braces and plan regular check-ups with your orthodontist. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation for yourself of your child.