Brushing your teeth while you have braces is definitely more difficult than it is without braces! Using the right toothbrush can make all the difference in fighting plaque and cavities, and ending up needing extra cleanings for your teeth.
The best toothbrush for braces is small and flexible enough to move around your mouth and your braces.
The best choice: An electric toothbrush designed for working around braces. This special toothbrush allows you to clean all sides of each tooth, while using the right amount of pressure. This makes the cleaning more effective and more efficient. These are sometimes called interdental brush with an angled head and brush that can fit around your braces.
Second best: A regular toothbrush with a smaller head. Be aware you will need to work the bristles both upward and downwards to get a good clean over your braces.
Skip it: A regular electric toothbrush is not very flexible and can be difficult to move around your braces. The brackets and wires will also cause the brush to wear down faster.
Buying the right toothbrush will make keeping your teeth clean and healthy that much easier! If you have questions about a specific toothbrush, don’t be afraid to bring it to your next appointment for some expert advice!