How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces On

  1. Choose your toothbrush
    Though a regular toothbrush will work, you might consider an electric or sonic toothbrush designed for cleaning around braces, and make sure you are using the right amount of pressure, allowing the head to rotate completely. This will provide a more effective cleaning and save you time. All sides must be cleaned, so get a toothbrush small and flexible enough to move easily around your mouth.
  2. Brush the outer side of your teeth
    Brush carefully the front side of your teeth that is seen when you smile. Don't forget to remove the plaque along the part of your tooth closest to the gum line. Use small circles to brush the braces. Spend at least 25 to 30 seconds on each bracket.
      
  3. Brush the inner side of your teeth
    Move the toothbrush back and forth, up and down and then with circular motions on the inside of your top and bottom teeth.

  4. Brush the crowns of your teeth
     
  5. Focus on other areas of your mouth
    Your mouth is full of germs and plaque that feed gingivitis. You need to brush and massage your gums, cheeks and tongue as well.

  6. Floss your teeth
    Flossing can seem like a difficult task to do with braces. 
  7. Use mouthwash
    After flossing, put a capful of mouthwash (or follow directions) in your mouth and swish it around for at least 30 seconds. Use mouthwash that specifically states it helps rid your mouth of gingivitis. 
  8. Gargle with salt water twice a day
    Gargle once in the morning and once in the evening.Rinse your toothbrush before and after brushing.