How to Clean Between Teeth with Braces
Try to brush your teeth after each meal. If you can’t actually use a toothbrush, then at least rinse out your mouth with water—swoosh it around really well and spit it out. If you can, carry a travel toothbrush with you.
Brushing twice per day is only one important piece of the puzzle. You should also clean between your teeth with floss at least once every day. After flossing, brush your teeth and braces thoroughly until they’re clean and shiny. The best time to do this thorough cleaning is right before bed.
Brushing often can speed up your treatment time and will prevent plaque from making marks on your teeth. All the brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. Plaque is sticky and made up of food and bacteria. When plaque attaches to your braces and teeth, it causes cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and can even permanently stain your teeth around where your brackets used to be.
Your dentist may prescribe fluoride toothpaste to help you fight tooth decay even better. If your braces look clean and shiny and if you can clearly see the edges of the brackets, you’ve done a good job! Make sure to rinse your mouth with water or use a mouth rinse after brushing.
Cleaning Between Teeth with Braces
Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge. But it can be done. Using Oral-B Super Floss, a floss threader (to get under the wires) or another interdental cleaner will help. Just ask us during your appointment and we’ll be happy to recommend our favorites!