Are You Using the Right Toothbrush for Your Braces?

Choosing the right toothbrush for your needs is not always as easy as it may look at first glance. There are many factors to pay attention to before you choose your perfect toothbrush. Many people wear braces for beauty and health reasons and it is important to keep your gums healthy during treatment. 

What You Must Pay Attention To Before Buying a New Toothbrush for Your Braces

The number one thing to look for when buying a new toothbrush is the shape. Standard toothbrush shapes sometimes don’t work if you are wearing braces because some spaces are not easily reachable. Food also gets stuck far more easily and your teeth are harder to clean. 

Make sure to choose a brush that is round and soft. Medium and hard toothbrushes can damage your braces and can be rough on your gums. 

Electric or Manual Toothbrush

Which one is better, an electric or manual toothbrush? The best type of toothbrush for anyone wearing braces is an electric one. The head of an electric toothbrush is generally soft and small and cleans more efficiently. 

For the best results, invest in a good electric brush with sensors that turn on when your teeth are clean. It is very important to clean your teeth well and to do it regularly to preserve your gum health. As anyone who wears braces knows, food gets stuck if you don’t brush well, which can cause huge dental issues. 


Manual toothbrush

If you prefer to use a manual toothbrush rather than an electric one, it’s still important to select the right one. There are so many brands and types of brushes it is sometimes hard to know which is best. There are soft, medium, and hard bristles in all types of shapes. Someone who doesn’t wear braces can choose any of those, but for those who do, the best choice is a manual toothbrush with V-shaped bristles. 

Some toothbrushes with V-shaped bristles even come with a small ergonomic handle and can be used to clean your teeth very efficiently. For anyone with braces who is loyal to manual toothbrushes, this type of toothbrush is the best choice. It is soft, highly effective, and comfortable to use. Bristles are placed at a 45-degree angle to make sure your teeth are sparkly clean. It cleans the places that the usual manual brush can’t and keeps your gums healthy. It is also highly effective and comfortable to use for users who have small mouths and find it hard to find a good toothbrush to clean all of the areas in their mouth.

If you have more questions about which toothbrush is right for your smile, feel free to give Smith Orthodontics a call. We’re happy to help!