Keeping your teeth clean with braces isn’t that different from your routine before braces. Instead of the typical twice a day, always brush your teeth after every meal (at least three times a day) and floss at least once a day. Use fluoride toothpaste and a fluoride rinse, if your orthodontist or dentist recommends it.
Avoid sugary foods that can cause bacteria to grow in your mouth, increasing plaque and possibly leading to cavities. Avoid sticky foods (caramel, taffy, gum drops), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice) and other foods apt to get stuck in your braces (whole apples, bagels, corn on the cob).
And keep seeing your family dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings every six months.
See our living with braces page for even more information about oral hygiene with braces.