An Informative Guide To Brush Your Teeth With Braces

An Informative Guide To Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Getting the perfect smile you’ve always desired requires more than simply wearing braces! You must take good care of your teeth and braces if you want stunning results and a healthy mouth. To stop plaque or food particles from accumulating around the brackets, regular tooth cleaning and proper oral hygiene are necessary. Try to clean your teeth at least twice a day, and after every food, rinse your mouth out with some water.

People who have teeth braces know how exhausting it can be to keep the wires, brackets, and teeth clean, but the consequences of not taking proper care of them are much worse. And the benefits of good hygiene, such as a clean and attractive smile, are highly satisfying.

This guide on how to brush your teeth with braces is going to provide you with everything you need to know about brushing your teeth while wearing braces.

Importance of Brushing Teeth With Braces

It’s important to put up the time and effort needed to do teeth cleaning with braces. By brushing your teeth properly, you can prevent issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and decalcification.

People with teeth braces need to take extra care of their teeth. This will lower the risk of acquiring more dental issues. The design of the braces make them a trap for plaque and food. Bacteria, food debris, and plaque will accumulate around the tiny brackets that are attached directly to your teeth. If these aren’t taken out, the enamel around the bracket could get demineralized and develop cavities.

We are now sharing our step-by-step guide that can help you understand how to brush teeth with braces.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

Braces will temporarily make brushing your teeth a little more challenging. Fear not, our guide can help you deal with some of these challenges! You can follow the steps we have listed below:

1. Get the Angles Right

Clean your teeth by going around your braces using a circular motion. To remove all food from your braces and ensure proper dental hygiene, you must rotate your orthodontics toothbrush three times.

Each of these positions should be held for 30 seconds:

  • Front of the braces: Brush gently in a circular motion immediately on top of the wire, and do this multiple times.
  • Bottom of the braces: Then, brush the area under the braces. Brush from one side to the other several times before switching to the next angle, angling the toothbrush bristles 45 degrees upward and using just enough pressure to get the bristle tips beneath the wire.
  • Top of the braces: Start with the top section of the braces. Brush your teeth with a bristle angle of 45 degrees downward, applying just enough pressure to bring the bristle tips beneath the wire. Before switching to the next perspective, brush repeatedly from one side to the other.

2. Pick A Quality Dental Brush For Braces

Regardless of whether you have teeth braces or not, it’s a good idea to frequently use a high-quality electric toothbrush. You should use a soft-bristled braces brush that is mild on your gums, teeth, and braces. Additionally, you should clean around and beneath your brackets and cables with a specialised orthodontics brush.

3. Brush The Gum Line Gently

Your teeth and gums connect at the gum line. This is a particularly important location since gum disease is easily brought on by plaque buildup.

Gum recession brought on by gum disease can alter the way your teeth look. The toothbrush bristles should be angled at a 45-degree angle to the gum line so that they extend just below the gum line. To brush each tooth, move your mouth in a gentle circular manner.

4. Brush Behind Your Teeth And The Surface Of The Teeth Gently

You probably have a habit of cleaning your teeth twice a day, before bed and in the morning. Many people might do it more often, which is commendable. Since, it is necessary to brush your teeth after every meal or snack after you have braces. This is how:

  • Before even starting to brush, rinse your mouth with water to remove any loose or big particles.
  • Apply fluoride-containing toothpaste after wetting your toothbrush. Avoid using whitening toothpaste because it will only lighten the portion of your teeth not covered by braces, leaving you with tiny darker patches where the brackets were.
  • Brush the areas of your teeth above the braces while holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
  • Repeat for your biting surfaces, the backs of your teeth, the parts of your teeth that are covered by your braces, and the brackets themselves.
  • Brush carefully for three to five minutes (at least). Keep in mind that “completely” doesn’t mean “aggressively.” Brushing too hard can damage your enamel and gums and potentially cause periodontal disease and cavities at the tooth roots.
  • Remember to brush your tongue as well!

If for some reason, you are unable to brush your teeth after eating, make sure to drink plenty of water or rinse your mouth well after eating.

5. Rinse with Mouthwash

What hydrogen peroxide can do for shallow wounds and skin conditions, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouthwash can do for your gums and inside of your cheeks:

  • Avoid Infection
  • Reduce Irritability
  • Lessen Inflammatory

6. Assistance in the healing process

If you have orthodontic braces,  you can try Peroxyl, which is a fantastic brand of mouthwash to use. It can aid in the recovery of canker sores, cheek bites, and other transient gum injuries. If you are getting poked by your braces or getting rashes in your mouth, you should definitely get in touch with a dentist, who’ll prescribe healing mouthwash and medications if necessary.

7. Use Fluoride

As you probably already know, fluoride fortifies your teeth’s enamel, avoiding damage and decay. You probably already use fluoride-containing toothpaste, but it can also be a good idea to add a post-brushing treatment. Phos-Flur, a sodium fluoride gel that destroys bacteria and replenishes minerals in dental enamel, is one efficient brand. Contrary to brushing and mouth washing, you should only use a fluoride treatment at night.

In addition to these step-by-step instructions, you can also refer to our infographics on brushing teeth .

Side Effects of Not Brushing Teeth With Braces

Lack of maintenance of proper oral hygiene causes bacteria to grow in your mouth. The tissue supporting the teeth could be destroyed if this is not stopped on time. As a result, periodontal disease develops. Additionally, bacteria can get into your system and could cause other health issues. Plaque removal, cavity filling, and other dental difficulties that can arise as a result of poor oral hygiene must be dealt with while wearing orthodontic braces, which only exacerbates these concerns.

Additional Dental Care Advice

  • Rinse Regularly: Rinsing with mouthwash, mouth rinse, or tap water should be a normal part of your hygiene regimen. Any food that becomes stuck in your teeth or mouth braces can be removed by rinsing your mouth after meals and before brushing.
  • Try Flossing: The health of your gums and teeth depends on flossing. Since wearing braces makes flossing challenging, try doing it at night when you have more time.
  • Chew on Plaque-Disclosing Tablets: Disclosing Tablets are an excellent product for tracking plaque reduction. Chew on one tablet for 30 seconds and swish saliva around the mouth. After spitting, carefully rinse your mouth with water. Look at your teeth in a well-lit area. The colour of any food particles, bacterial plaque, and improperly cleaned surfaces is vivid pink. To get rid of the coloured region, thoroughly brush.
  • Limit Crunchy, Sticky, or Hard Meals: These things could become lodged in your braces, harm them, and cause more plaque development.
  • Try Not To Smoke: Tobacco products and cigarettes can stain teeth, make it more difficult to address cosmetic issues, and cause other dental issues.
  • Use an Oral Rinse: To help enhance oral hygiene, lessen oral discomfort, supply moisture to oral tissues, or help with bad breath, you can swirl a liquid solution around your entire mouth, including your teeth, gums, and tongue. Use frequently for optimal outcomes (preferably after you have brushed your teeth at night).

Final Thoughts

If you want to prevent potentially harmful tartar accumulation, stains, and cavities, you must learn how to properly brush your teeth while wearing mouth braces.  It is necessary to get a special orthodontic brush for braces, which can help you clean your teeth better.

Ask your next orthodontics treatment appointment with your dentist, you can share your concerns about properly brushing your teeth with braces, especially if you are having trouble reaching a certain spot in your mouth. You can visit Dental Sunshine Coast Clinic for top-notch dental care, we’ll help you maintain proper dental hygiene even while wearing braces.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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