The Braces Toolbox
Although having braces doesn't mean that you need to run out and buy a special toothbrush, it might mean that you should consider investing in a few new tools to help keep your teeth and gums clean. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends using a floss threader to make it easier to get the floss between your teeth, gums and under the archwire. You can also use an interproximal brush (also called an interdental brush), which is a short, bristled tool that can reach under the archwire or between the brackets and remove trapped bits of food. You can also use an interproximal brush to clean between your teeth.
For those times when you can't brush after eating, rinse your mouth with water. Water won't scrub the surface of your teeth, but it can help rinse away particles of food. The AAO notes that water can help lower the acidity in your mouth, reducing your chances of developing tooth decay.
If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth as clean as possible when you have braces, your dentist or orthodontist will be able to answer them. They can recommend an oral care routine that works with your schedule, lowers your risk of developing tooth decay and helps you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you're looking for.