How do I brush my teeth with braces?

8 March 2024

A woman holding Zenyum alinger and braces toothbrush.

You’re on your way towards a straighter, more confident smile! However, it is even more crucial to maintain proper oral hygiene during your Invisible Braces journey. Let’s delve into the importance of choosing the right toothbrush to maintain oral hygiene while wearing braces.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces

Maintaining a meticulous oral hygiene routine is essential during your Smile Journey. Not having good oral care habits can lead to significant plaque buildup, and increase the chances that you’ll get cavities and gum disease. Proper brushing and flossing can ensure healthy teeth and gums – factors that are crucial to making your Smile Journey a success.

Choosing the Right Braces Toothbrush

Colorful lineup of ZenyumSonic™ electric toothbrush for braces.

Brushing your teeth is important in maintaining good oral health, and especially so during your Invisible Braces journey. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, food particles can easily get stuck in your teeth and cause tooth decay. 

And choosing the right toothbrush can help ensure good oral health on your Smile Journey. Two main types of toothbrushes are commonly used: manual and electric. Let’s explore their differences:

Manual Toothbrush

While regular toothbrushes are a practical and daily choice, cleaning your teeth thoroughly while wearing braces may be challenging. Attempting to reach the rear and interior of your teeth may prove to be difficult.

Electric Toothbrush

Getting a manual toothbrush past the brackets and wires might be difficult for those wearing braces. Electric toothbrushes can help streamline this procedure and make it simpler to clean every part of the teeth and braces. Some of the advantages of using electric toothbrush for braces are:

Easier Plaque Removal

A sonic-powered brush can effectively remove plaque and food debris trapped in your teeth

Efficient Cleaning

The oscillating movements on a power brush can help clean all tooth surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas.

Soft bristles

Some electric toothbrushes come with more gentle brush heads that cater to those with sensitive teeth needs.

How To Use Your Electric Toothbrush While Wearing Braces

Here’s how to effectively brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush while wearing braces:

  • Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your brush head 
  • Place the electric toothbrush in your mouth before you turn it on
  • Turn on the electric toothbrush and choose your preferred mode
  • Glide your power brush over your teeth in one quadrant of your mouth and move to another quadrant. Some electric toothbrushes come with a built-in smart timer to tell you when 30 seconds have passed!
  • After 2 minutes, rinse your mouth to remove any residual toothpaste

Additional Tools and Techniques for Oral Hygiene with Braces

In addition to an electric toothbrush, consider incorporating these tools for optimal cleaning:

Floss picks

If you don’t want unexpected appearances from your last meal, use floss picks to remove any unwanted food particles from your teeth.


These devices use a stream of water to remove plaque and debris, offering a gentler alternative to flossing. With high-pulse technology, and interchangeable jet tips, you can clean your teeth comfortably and effectively.

Easy Route to Effortless Brushing - Zenyum Invisible Braces

As an alternative to conventional braces, clear aligners are detachable, making brushing them simpler. Users are able to remove them for more convenient access to the teeth and gums during full dental cleaning. This lessens the difficulties people may have while scrubbing around the brackets and wires of conventional braces.

Say hello to your new smile!

By embracing these tips and incorporating the right tools into your routine, you can maintain excellent oral hygiene during your Smile Journey. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile! So, brush, floss, and take care of your teeth during your Invisible Braces journey for a confident smile you can show off to all your friends and family.

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