cleaning teeth while wearing braces

Cleaning Teeth While Wearing Braces

As anyone who has ever worn dental braces can attest, it is not easy to thoroughly clean beneath and around the wires and brackets. The dentist can advise on the best way to brush and floss while wearing braces and probably suggest using:

– A soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging tooth enamel

– An interdental cleaner to brush under and around the brace wires and brackets

– Waxed dental floss to make flossing smoother and easier

Wearing braces makes “brushing and flossing a little more challenging” but the effort is worth it and will help avoid dental issues later. A detailed article on cleaning teeth while wearing braces can be read at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.