Teeth Straightening After Care

Do Braces Make Your Teeth Yellow

Braces require special tooth care

Teeth Brushing

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day. However, people with braces should brush their teeth after every meal to remove plaque and food particles that can build up around the braces.

To brush your teeth with braces, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush along the gum line. Be sure to brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Pay extra attention to any hooked braces, as these areas are more likely to collect plaque.

Rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing. If you are not able to brush after every meal, carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you can brush as soon as possible.

Choosing Toothbrushes

Any soft-bristled toothbrush will work for people with braces. However, an electric toothbrush with a circular oscillating head may be more effective at removing plaque.

It is important to use fluoride toothpaste when you have braces. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of your teeth and helps to prevent plaque. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, you may want to use a desensitizing toothpaste.

Use mouthwash

Use a fluoride mouthwash for one minute after brushing your teeth at night to help prevent cavities. Mouthwash after meals is unnecessary.


Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and braces. Use gentle pressure when flossing.

Easy with the Right Food

Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods that can damage your braces. These foods include caramels, popcorn, nuts, and hard candy.

To protect your braces, cut apples and carrots into bite-sized pieces. These foods can be eaten without damaging your braces.

Be patient

It takes time for braces to work. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.

Avoid sticky food

Sticky foods, such as caramel, taffy, and gum, can get stuck in your braces and make it difficult to remove. They can also damage your braces.

Avoid hard foods.

Hard foods, such as apples, carrots, and ice, can also damage your braces. If you must eat these foods, cut them into small pieces.