A Step-by-Step Guide to Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

Good oral hygiene is crucial, but brushing your teeth will take extra time and effort now that you have braces. In this step-by-step guide, we’ve compiled some expert brushing tips for taking care of your teeth with braces.

Step 1: Get Your Tools Ready

Before you embark on your new braces-friendly brushing routine, make sure you have everything you need.

Soft-bristle toothbrush: Opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your braces or irritating your gums.

Fluoride toothpaste: Choose a toothpaste with fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities.

Interdental brush or floss: These are both effective for cleaning between the wires and brackets and removing plaque in hard-to-reach places.

Mouthwash: This helps clean areas around your teeth or braces that you may have missed. It also keeps your breath fresh and prevents gum disease.

It’s also handy to have a cup and a mirror.

Step 2: Rinse Your Mouth

Start by rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water to loosen any food particles. Swish the water around for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Don’t forget to take out elastics or removable orthodontic devices.

Step 3: Brushing Technique

Now, let’s move onto the all-important brushing technique with braces.

Angle your toothbrush: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. This position allows the bristles to reach under the wires and around the brackets for a thorough clean.

Brush using small circular motions: Clean each tooth one by one, focusing on both the top and bottom edges of the brackets. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Pay special attention to the gumline: Gently massage the gums with your toothbrush to maintain healthy gum tissue and prevent plaque accumulating.

Don’t forget the chewing surfaces: Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth with back-and-forth motions. Braces can create additional places for food particles to hide, so be thorough.

Brush your tongue: Finish your brushing routine by gently brushing your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Step 4: Interdental brushes

Use an interdental brush every time you brush your teeth. Make sure you navigate behind the wires and in between the braces to remove any trapped food particles.

Step 5: Rinse Again

The last step is to rinse your mouth again with water or mouthwash. This step helps to dislodge any remaining debris and gives you that minty-fresh feeling.

Check your teeth in the mirror and you’re ready to go!


Q1: How often should I brush my teeth with braces?

Aim to brush your teeth three times a day and after every meal (even snacks). Don’t forget to take a spare toothbrush when you’re away from home.

Q2: Can I use an electric toothbrush with braces?

Yes, you can use an electric toothbrush with braces. Choose a model with a sensitive or round orthodontic brush head for gentler cleaning around your braces. We like Oral B toothbrushes with an orthodontic head.

Q3: Should I use mouthwash with braces?

Using an alcohol-free mouthwash is a great idea. It can help reach areas your toothbrush may miss and provide an extra layer of protection against cavities. Try to rinse for about a minute. We recommend choosing a mouthwash with fluoride too.

Q4: When do I use the Interprox® Interdental brush?

We recommend you use it once a day. It can take a little longer with braces, so the best time to do it is the evening when you have more time.

Q5: What type of toothpaste is best?

Fluoride toothpaste is the best option. This prevents the buildup of plaque and tartar and strengthens tooth enamel. Avoid whitening toothpaste as your teeth could whiten unevenly.


Brushing your teeth with braces is a little different, but with the right tools and a bit of practise it will soon be second nature.

Make these steps part of your daily routine to keep your teeth in excellent condition, ready for when the braces come off. Happy brushing!

We are happy to give you advice on how to brush your teeth correctly at your regular orthodontist appointment