Sonic electric toothbrushes make the job of brushing teeth with braces much easier, as they remove several times more plaque than manual brushes and are more effective at cleaning hard to reach areas such as the back teeth.
This is especially important once you have braces, as there are more nooks and crannies in which food and plaque can become trapped.
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing at least twice a day (even better after each meal and snack) is imperative when you have braces. Doing so will help to prevent staining, decay, and areas of hypomineralization (white spots) on your teeth.
Using an electric toothbrush (particularly, a sonic one) will make brushing your teeth with braces go much more quickly and will minimize your risk of developing the problems mentioned above.
Can You Really Use an Electric Toothbrush with Braces?
Yes, you can use an electric toothbrush with braces. But keep in mind that not all electric toothbrushes are alike.
Some may not have the cleaning power needed to get all of the debris out of your teeth and braces. Others may be too abrasive and could potentially damage your teeth.
The Best Toothbrush to Use With Braces
The best toothbrush to use with braces is a sonic toothbrush. The pulsing sonic action effectively cleans your teeth, while remaining gentle on them, your gums, and your braces.
There are many brands of sonic toothbrushes you can choose from, but it is worth noting that Philips Sonicare states that all of their sonic toothbrush models are safe to use with braces.
Although Vancouver Orthodontic Specialists, PLLC isn’t directly affiliated with Philips Sonicare, we do give a free Sonicare toothbrush to new braces patients, to help make proper oral hygiene that much easier.
The video below, created by Philips Sonicare, demonstrates how to brush teeth with braces using a Sonicare toothbrush.
If you’re in the Vancouver, WA area and need an orthodontist, be sure to schedule your free consultation and exam with Dr. Irwin after you watch the video.