Yes, You Can Use Mouthwash With Braces!

In fact, please do - it's a big deal! I mean, braces can be tricky to clean, right?

Well, mouthwash helps kick out all the junk that gets stuck in them. It reaches places that brushing might miss, tackling those tricky spots around wires and brackets. 

Essentially, choosing eco-friendly and alcohol free mouthwash is the best choice to avoid several dental problems.

Plus, adding an alkaline mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine ensures a hassle-free and effective way to avoid bad breath and fight off bad bacteria.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about using mouthwash with braces.

What is mouthwash?

A jars of SWISH Mouthwash

Mouthwash is a liquid oral rinse that helps to enhance your oral health by cleaning your mouth, freshening your breath, and providing additional protection against dental issues like cavities and gum disease.

Some mouthwashes use active ingredients like concentrated fluoride or alcohol to strengthen your teeth and kill harmful bacteria.

Plus, gargling mouthwash with neem oil and licorice extract works extra for specific needs, like those for braces, to promote oral health by combating harmful bacterial plaque around braces.

Regardless of the type of mouthwash you use, don't forget that you should still brush your teeth with fluoride-free toothpaste twice per day for two minutes for proper oral hygiene.

Using mouthwash is the last thing you do in your oral hygiene routine after brushing with nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste and using expandable string floss.

Can you really use mouthwash with braces?

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Yes, you can use mouthwash for braces.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics suggests that antimicrobial mouthwash significantly minimizes plaque build-up and improves oral hygiene in individuals with braces.

We recommend choosing an alcohol free mouthwash to avoid irritation and discomfort.

Additionally, individual recommendations may vary, so we suggest consulting with your orthodontist or dentist for personalized advice.

How to Use Mouthwash with Braces

Instruction to use SWISH Mouthwash

It's easy to use mouthwash while wearing braces. Here's a simple guide for a clean and fresh mouth:

          Step 1: Pick up some SWISH Mouthwash

          Step 2: Shake well before use

          Step 3: Pour out about 20 mL

          Step 4: Swish for about 30 seconds

          Step 5: Spit, don't rinse (well, rinsing is up to you, but you don't have to!)

Follow this process daily after brushing with fluoride-free toothpaste and flossing for optimal results!

What kind of mouthwash is best for braces?

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The best mouthwash for braces is alcohol free with an alkaline pH, and guess what?

You'll find all these goodies in SWISH Mouthwash—a non-fluoride mouthwash crafted by a dentist and a chemist to provide your braces with the care they deserve.

SWISH includes natural ingredients like aloe vera and all-natural sweetness like xylitol and stevia.

What's more, it's plastic-free and packaged in a plastic-free aluminum jar.

Plus, SWISH is not just about dental health – it's eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free. It's the complete package for a healthy, happy smile!

What happens if I don't use mouthwash with braces?

A man holding SWISH Mouthwash

Skipping mouthwash during braces can pose many risks to your teeth, such as:

  • increased stuck plaque and food particles
  • higher risk of bacterial growth
  • potential for cavities
  • greater likelihood of gum inflammation
  • elevated risk of bad breath

Incorporating mouthwash into your daily routine helps combat these potential risks and contributes to a cleaner, fresher, and more confident you.

Remember, each step you take in caring for your teeth with braces adds up to a more successful and comfortable orthodontic experience.

Is mouthwash safe for canker sores from braces?

Yep, canker sores are a common problem when you're wearing braces.

Thankfully, using mouthwash for your braces is generally safe for braces canker sores.

SWISH, for example, stands out as a beneficial choice since it excludes SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), a known factor that can contribute to canker sores.

This mouthwash not only offers soothing properties but also helps relieve irritation and effectively cleans bacteria from your mouth.

Further, it's essential to note that alcohol free mouthwash is advisable.

Alcohol-containing mouthwashes may potentially worsen common oral conditions, including gum disease, gingivitis, and dry mouth, and can lead to an uncomfortable burning sensation.

So, opting for an SLS-free option may be a safer and more preventive choice for individuals with braces.


Summary: Can you use mouthwash with braces?

SWISH Mouthwash bottles

Yes, you can, and you should use mouthwash with your braces!

When you're having braces, follow this mouthwash daily hack! Choose an ideal choice for everyone, from kids to pregnant women.

Plus, avoid the harmful ingredients like:

  • drying alcohols
  • SLS parabens
  • carrageenan
  • artificial ingredients, flavors, and colors

So, please keep it simple; go for an alcohol-free, braces-friendly mouthwash option, like SWISH. Easy peasy – just swish, spit, and let that mouthwash be your braces' buddy.

Trust me, your future cavity-free self will thank you! Cheers to a swishin' good time!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use orthodontic mouthwash?

Yes, you can use orthodontic mouthwash. Using mouthwash with braces is a game-changer for maintaining a healthy smile during orthodontic treatment.

Why is mouthwash important for braces?

Braces can be tricky to clean, and mouthwash reaches spots that brushing might miss, tackling tricky areas around wires and brackets.

How does mouthwash benefit braces?

Studies suggest that antibacterial properties in mouthwash minimize plaque and improve overall oral hygiene for individuals with braces. It helps prevent irritation and discomfort and strengthens enamel.

How do I use mouthwash with braces?

Easy! Grab SWISH Mouthwash, shake well, measure 20 mL, swish for 30 seconds, and spit—no need to rinse.

Why choose SWISH Mouthwash?

You should choose SWISH Mouthwash as it is alcohol-free, eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free. It reduces force on orthodontic chains and is the complete package for a healthy, happy smile.

What harmful ingredients should I avoid in mouthwash?

Avoid drying alcohols, SLS, parabens, carrageenan, artificial ingredients, flavors, or colors. Keep it simple with an alcohol-free, braces-friendly option like SWISH. Cheers to a swishin' good time!

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Immerse yourself in the revitalizing freshness of our latest formulation, Swish. A testament to biöm's unwavering commitment to holistic health and well-being. Harnessing the potent benefits of mother nature, our mouthwash combines science and nature's bounty to deliver a unique solution for impeccable oral hygiene and lasting fresh breath.

Bottled at 16 fl oz, our herbal mouthwash formula takes the best of what nature has to offer:

Neem and Licorice Extracts: Used for centuries in traditional medicine, these power-packed botanicals promote oral health by combating harmful bacteria and providing natural anti-inflammatory benefits.

Spearmint and Peppermint Essential Oils: Long-lasting freshness is no longer a dream. These cooling natural oils ensure you'll enjoy a pleasant, long-lasting minty freshness that truly invigorates.

Xylitol and Stevia: We've incorporated these natural sweeteners to provide an enjoyable, refreshing taste without any guilt – they actually help in maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth!

Aloe Vera Juice: Say goodbye to the harsh, drying effect of traditional mouthwashes. Our formula includes these natural moisturizing agents for a comfortable rinse that leaves your mouth feeling hydrated.

Not just that, our formula is as kind to the Earth as it is to your mouth:

❖ Free from harsh chemicals and artificial preservatives

❖ Cruelty-free and vegan

❖ Eco-friendly packaging


Shake well before use. Swish approximately one tablespoon of mouthwash in your mouth for about 30 seconds, then spit it out.

Experience the biöm difference today – because your oral health is a reflection of your overall wellness.