Good Habits to Start When You Have Braces

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Good Habits to Start When You Have Braces

Thanks to advancements in dental technology and orthodontic services, braces have become so much more than unsightly brackets that overwhelm your smile.

Nowadays, appliances like braces are more effective than ever and are offered in a variety of forms. From traditional brackets to Invisalign, there are braces available for just about anyone — after all, orthodontic appliances are essential to help your smile be the best it can be.

Of course, you also need to play your part at home for maximum effect. It’s key to take care of your braces, to help the appliance do its job.

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Whether you’re getting braces, just got your braces on, or have a child who just got braces — these are the main habits you’ll want to get used to (or instill) for optimal results and comfort:

Thorough Teeth Brushing

Teeth brushing is essential for oral health in general, but brushing your teeth is that much more important when you have braces.

It’s common for plaque to build up around braces brackets where it’s trickier to brush, which means that much more time needs to be taken to keep these areas clean.

Colgate suggests that, when you have braces, it’s best practice to brush your teeth after every time you eat.

Use a Braces-Friendly Toothbrush

It’s a good idea to invest in a new toothbrush that is specially geared towards braces. Toothbrushes specifically designed for braces have special bristles that can get around your brackets to clean that pesky plaque that builds up.

Even though there is no toothbrush scientifically proven to be more effective for braces, it’s best to use a toothbrush that is softer with round bristles so that they can clean your teeth without being too hard on the wires and brackets.

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends that if you have braces, you opt for a smaller toothbrush that will help you get into those areas of your mouth, teeth and gums that may be harder to get to.

getting braces for the first time 

Clean Your Braces in Your Teeth Brushing Routine

Let’s be honest — brushing your teeth is different when you have braces. It’s key to adapt teeth brushing habits with your appliance in mind. For example, instead if a quick brush, you’re going to want to take the extra time to not only brush your teeth but clean your braces in the process.

You’re also going to want to be light with your brush, to ensure you don’t break any wires or brackets. Plus, being harsh on your teeth will be that much more painful if you have braces.

Oral-B suggests that when you brush your teeth with braces, you need to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle. This will help you to clean around the pins and wires of your braces and then brush the wires.


Braces are an appliance that effectively straightens and corrects your smile — but they tend to trap food in your teeth and the brackets. It’s imperative that you are diligent about flossing to make sure that food doesn’t build up between your teeth and in your braces.

Cutting Up Your Food

It may seem childish but cutting up food is incredibly helpful when you — or your child — has braces. After all, biting into an apple can be enough to break a bracket, but that doesn’t mean you have to write the fruit off completely. It’s key to cut up food into bite sizes to reduce strain on brackets.

Even if you are eating a softer food like a piece of bread, it’s a good idea to break off smaller pieces so that your teeth (and braces brackets) don’t have to work as hard.

getting braces for the first time 

Avoiding Specific Foods

It goes without saying that when you get braces, a diet change is necessary. Your teeth can withstand a lot more food than the braces you are wearing.

When you have braces, it’s harder to get into the gaps between your teeth to really brush or floss the food that gets trapped. For this reason, it’s important to try to avoid the foods that tend to get stuck in teeth.

We should probably mention that these foods can also get stuck in your braces, loosen the brackets or even break the wires.  According to the Canadian Association of Dentists, foods you should be avoiding include:

  • Anything crunchy or hard
  • Sticky foods like candy or gum
  • Chewy foods like pizza crust or dense bread

Check Your Braces

Before or after you brush your teeth, it’s important to take a minute to examine your braces to make sure everything is intact. Look out for loose wires or broken brackets — if you don’t catch these things, it can be a big step back in your orthodontic progress.

It can also hurt if, say, you don’t realize a wire has come loose, and it ends up cutting the insides of your mouth.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a whopping 4 million people today wear braces — that’s both children and adults. Your braces are working hard to correct your teeth and smile, so it’s well worth the time to invest in some better dental habits to let your braces do the job it’s supposed to do.