Brushing your teeth is an important step to good dental hygiene in order to remove the food and plaque left behind after eating. When you’re wearing braces, it becomes a little bit more challenging, as the wires offer food more places to hide. Luckily, there are both electric and manual toothbrushes that are designed to help you clean your teeth and protect your braces.
When choosing a toothbrush, always check to make sure that it’s an Ortho toothbrush and that the bristles are soft or extra-soft, which means that it’s been specially designed to be used on braces. Different toothbrush manufacturers will give them different names, but they’ll all have one similar design—a V-Trim in the bristles.
A V-Trim bristle head means that the centre row of bristles has been cut down shorter than the outside bristles. This is done so that the head can move over your teeth and not cause any damage to the braces. The longer outside bristles can properly reach your gums and teeth.
All of the major electric toothbrush manufacturers have taken braces into consideration when designing their products. Since these brushes are designed to gently clean in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, they’re ideal for braces.
Most of these companies have also created brushes specially designed for use with braces, adding to the benefit of going electric over manual.
But what if, instead of braces, you received the Invisalign treatment from your orthodontist?
If that’s the case, then brushing and flossing is still important! You’ll have to brush with a soft toothbrush and floss every time you eat and before you reinsert your aligners.
You can find any of these toothbrushes, electric or manual, in almost any drug store or department store in Delta, Langley, or anywhere in the Lower Mainland. So find the right brush for you, the one you feel most comfortable with, and take care of your braces and your teeth.