Your child has got braces, and they’re looking sharp in more ways than one. The braces are doing their job and straightening your child’s teeth. But now, your child needs to step up and do their job of learning how to brush with braces. Sure, metal wires can make it challenging, but regardless of that, it’s still essential to brush after every meal. And here’s how it's done.
How To Brush Your Teeth With Braces
It’s a process to brush your teeth with braces. But it's a relatively simple one once it becomes a routine. Remember, practice makes perfect. Let’s begin.
- Before you brush your teeth, rinse with water to help loosen any food lodged around your braces
- Then start brushing (we recommend a brush designed for braces) at the gum line at a 45-degree angle
- After brushing the gum line, place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket
- Then, reposition the toothbrush to brush the bottom of the bracket and the wire, angling the toothbrush upwards
- Be sure to brush every tooth at the gum line and above and below the brackets to help remove plaque and food debris
Some older kids may still require help until they are comfortable properly angling the toothbrush and have learned how to brush their teeth with braces. Again, it’s a process.