When you get your braces fitted, keeping your braces and your teeth clean is essential. Food can easily get stuck around your brackets, so proper brushing and flossing are crucial. While there are special orthodontic toothbrushes out there, you can also use a regular toothbrush to clean your braces.

At King Orthodontics, we’ve put together some of our top choices for manual and electric toothbrushes to use while caring for your braces.

What are the Best Traditional Toothbrushes for Braces

Traditional Toothbrushes for bracesDr. King recommends a soft bristle toothbrush for use with braces when it comes to a traditional toothbrush. Keep in mind, when using a traditional toothbrush, the brackets and wires on your teeth can wear out a standard toothbrush faster.

To help avoid this extra wear and tear, we recommend using the Colgate Ortho toothbrush when cleaning your braces. Other manual toothbrush brands include:

  • Easy Braces Brush – Designed and tested by an orthodontist and is proven to help reduce white sot lesions, bad breath, and gingivitis.
  • Oral-B Ortho Soft Toothbrush – Comes from a trusted brand, is comfortable to use, and can effectively reach difficult areas of the mouth.
  • Platypus Ortho Toothbrush – Reasonably priced option, features inner bristles that fit over the archwires and brackets. It can be used the same as a traditional toothbrush with no special techniques required.

We also recommend that you purchase some interdental brushes for help reaching the tiny spaces between your teeth and brackets for a complete clean. With these smaller brushes, you can prevent plaque and remove the small bits of food that regular brushing may have missed.

What are the Best Electric Toothbrushes for Braces

Electric Toothbrushes for BracesFor electric toothbrushes, Dr. King recommends the Sonicare electric toothbrush. Sonicare’s line of electric toothbrushes features the superior Sonic Technology, which helps to pulse fluid between your teeth and along your gum line. At the same time, the brush gently strokes your teeth and gums to remove plaque effectively.

Sonicare is the number one dental professional-recommended electric toothbrush. It is clinically proven to provide an efficient yet gentle clean which is crucial to maintaining your oral health with braces. With up to 62,000 brush movements per minute, Sonicare electric toothbrushes provide a whole month’s worth of manual brushing in two minutes of electric brushing.

Other electric toothbrushes include:

  • Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Electric Toothbrush – This rechargeable toothbrush features a timer, a round brush head, and expertly engineered bristles for a deep clean.
  • Electric Toothbrush by Dr. Jim Ellis – This electric toothbrush features two brush heads, 40,000 oscillations per minute, and angled bristles for an effective clean.
  • 30 Second Smile – This electric toothbrush features specially designed bristles that can clean the front, back, and top of the teeth simultaneously for a quick and effective clean.

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