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.
Dr. 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:
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.
For 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:
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