Brushing your teeth while wearing braces may seem like an impossible task, especially with traditional metal or ceramic braces. The brackets and the wires make it impossible to even get near the parts of the teeth that aren’t covered by a bracket.

Many people will eventually just give up trying to get their teeth clean, but this can lead to very serious consequences before and after the braces are removed. Learning the proper technique and tools to use, no matter what kind of braces you have, will make keeping your teeth clean and healthy throughout the duration of your treatment easy.

Traditional Braces

The Tools: The first tool you will need is a standard tooth brush. There are toothbrushes made today that have long bristles on the sides and shorter bristles in the center. While these are designed to make brushing the bite surface of teeth easier, they can also be helpful when attempting to brush around brackets.