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How Do I Look After My Braces? The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to the ultimate guide to looking after your braces…

… and feeling good about your oral health during orthodontic treatment.

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Oct 2019
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Oct 2019

Why this guide?

How to take care of your braces

This guide is for you if:

  • You want to smile with the confidence of clean teeth and clean braces
  • You’re finding it difficult to keep your mouth and your braces clean and healthy… 
  • … and you want to enjoy the best oral health and an attractive smile now – and after treatment 


Why braces can be difficult

The challenge of taking care of your braces and your oral health…

Congratulations on making the commitment to orthodontic treatment!

Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the new confidence of straight teeth.

But with this commitment comes responsibility.

Because the only way to remove the plaque is by using a toothbrush and interdental brushes. But that becomes more difficult for brace wearers –whether that’s fixed braces or removable aligners. That’s because:

  • Plaque builds up in the tiny gaps and hard-to-reach spots between the braces and the teeth and
  • Tiny bits of food get stuck in braces, brackets and wires

Which, if you don’t know what you’re doing is a worry…

… because plaque is the main cause of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

Caring for your braces and your oral health 

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place.

At Curaprox we have everything you need to give your braces and your oral health the ultimate in tender, loving care.

And many of our products can also be used to look after removable retainers and aligners, like Invisalign.

Simply follow these steps to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible…

… so you can enjoy an attractive, healthy smile – now and after treatment.

Step one

Brush the right way

Use a brush designed for use with braces – and make sure you brush the right way… 

Gentle, effective brushing with the right technique…

… using a toothbrush specifically designed for orthodontic patients…

… should be the cornerstone of your oral care.

With Curaprox, you have the option of the manual Curaprox CS 5460 ortho toothbrush and the Curaprox Hydrosonic pro sonic toothbrush.

The Curaprox CS 5460 ortho brush – for teeth and braces

The Curaprox CS 5460 ortho – designed at the request of dentists – features 5,460 ultra-fine, gentle Curen® filaments densely packed on the brush head…

… to effectively remove plaque – without causing any damage.

And with the unique “bracket groove” on the brush head, the filaments are cut slightly shorter in the middle to perfectly wrap around braces and clasps… and clean more effectively.

The octagonal handle, meanwhile, makes it very difficult NOT to brush your teeth at the correct angle…

… which also helps to remove plaque along the gumline

Here’s our ultimate guide to brushing your teeth

How many times a day should you brush your teeth with braces?

Brush twice a day with the right technique:

  • Position the Curaprox CS 5460 ortho at an angle of about 45 degrees on the gumline
  • Avoid horizontal brushing movements
  • Move along your teeth and braces with tiny, gentle circular movements
  • Take care to clean the gumline as well

IMPORTANT: The key to effectively removing plaque and enjoying healthy teeth and gums is gentle brushing. Many people brush too hard, which causes problems including damaged tooth enamel, receding gums and exposed tooth roots.

Video brushing teeth with braces

Looking after your braces with the Curaprox Hydrosonic pro 

If you prefer electric toothbrushes, the Curaprox Hydrosonic pro gives you that professionally cleaned feeling…

… safely and easily removing plaque from the teeth and gumline – and from wires and brackets…

… using the hydrodynamic effect.

“The brush head swirls around the mixture of saliva, water and toothpaste at high speed, flushing out bacteria and plaque.”

“It destroys the plaque between the teeth and under braces particularly well.”

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Ueli P. Saxer.
Co-developer of the Hydrosonic pro with Curaprox

The Hydrosonic pro gives you perfect cleaning for your teeth, gums and braces with:

  • Three innovative brush heads including the “single”, extra small brush head – clean between teeth and braces, brackets or retainers perfectly and effortlessly
  • Seven different cleaning levels so you can find your favourite
  • Cleaning even in hard-to-reach areas thanks to Curacurve® – small bend, big difference

Braces care instructions: how to brush with the Hydrosonic pro…  

Here’s our video guide to using Curaprox Hydrosonic toothbrushes...

In addition to this:

  • Move the Hydrosonic pro from tooth to tooth…
  • … first above the bracket for 2-3 seconds…
  • … then below the bracket for 2-3 seconds

Braces care tips: use a gentle, effective toothpaste like Curaprox 'Be you' 

Brighten up your oral routine with Curaprox 'Be you' toothpaste for: 

  • Gentle everyday whitening 
  • Fresh, vibrant, exceptional cleaning with long-lasting freshness
  • Six zesty flavours
  • Strictly no harmful ingredients – no SLS, no Triclosan, no plastic microbeads

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Step two

Use a specialist brush

In addition to Step One, take cleaning those hard-to-reach spots to the next level with a specialist orthodontic toothbrush… with seven tufts of filaments.

Braces, brackets, wires, removable aligners and retainers…

...unfortunately all offer the perfect hiding places for the bacteria that lead to plaque.

Fortunately, the Curaprox CS 708 ortho toothbrush loves to get right in there.

The CS 708, developed by Prof Dr Kirsten Warrer and Prof Dr Hugo Roberto Lewgoy, was originally conceived as a brush for implants patients.

“We later established that the CS 708 could also be very helpful in the field of orthodontics, mainly for the cleaning of fixed lingual orthodontic appliances,” says Dr Lewgoy.

“The CS 708 can reach even particularly hard-to-access areas thanks to its small head as well as the fact that it can be bent as required.”

The CS 708 features:

  • A double bend and a flexible grip to give you the perfect angle to reach EVERY spot
  • Seven tufts of fine Curen® filaments on the small, compact head that remove plaque easily

How to brush with the CS 708…  

  • Use daily
  • Clean around brackets, braces, retainers and aligners – almost without any pressure
  • Bend the grip to achieve the perfect cleaning angle

We recommend:

Step three

Try these interdental brushes

Use interdental brushes designed to properly clean underneath the wires… 

To keep your wires clean:

The cone-shaped Curaprox CPS 14 interdental brush cleans ribbon retainers from outside and in…

… as well as the areas between the wires and the teeth.

It’s especially suitable for cleaning the inner wires.

With the Curaprox CPS 18 interdental brush, simply insert under the wires to clean the spaces created by the braces.

Once up. Once down. Done.

Use CPS prime interdental brushes as part of your daily routine 

And everyone should use Curaprox CPS prime interdental brushes to gently clean the interdental spaces between their teeth…

… before or after brushing every evening.

Don’t forget, if you have wire retainers fitted behind your teeth… flossing is impossible! Interdental brushes are the ONLY way to clean between the teeth.

Please ask your dentist to find the right sized interdental brushes for you. If they’re too small for the space – the brush won’t do the job. Too big and they won’t fit and could hurt your gums.

Here’s our ultimate guide to using CPS interdental brushes.

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Step four

Get some extra help

Our range of handy helpers for people who wear braces, retainers or removable aligners…

Ortho wax

Curaprox Ortho wax is a transparent, orthodontic wax that you can apply to braces and brackets to protect the oral mucosa – the tissue that lines the mouth – from injury. Especially useful for the first few days wearing braces when the mucosa can feel painful. 

Plaquefinder tablets

Curaprox PCA 223 Plaquefinder disclosing tablets turn old plaque blue and newly-formed plaque red to reveal where extra brushing is needed.

Ortho pocket set

Further information

For more information about how to look after your braces and your oral health during treatment ask your orthodontist.