You are probably new to braces. There are many things you have to learn, such as how can you maintain a good oral hygiene. It is crucial for you to clean your mouth properly and if you do not use the correct technique, leftover bits from your breakfast, lunch or dinner will hide in the brackets and wires of your braces. That is why people who are wearing braces can get cavities easily and suffer from gum disease. If you are not diligent and clean your mouth daily, a foul breath will be the least of your problems. If you maintain a good oral care, your pearly whites will be perfect after the removal of the orthodontic device.

Braces have hiding spots

Braces offer the biggest challenge in cleaning from all other teeth-straightening methods. That is why it is recommended to avoid certain foods that easily get stuck in the brace’s hardware (ask your orthodontist which foods to avoid). Another trick of avoiding food getting stuck is by swishing water in your mouth immediately after eating. The food particles will be loosened by the water, making brushing much easier and efficient. There are many types of braces, and each has its own “hiding spots”. You can ask your dentist or orthodontist about the danger areas that you need to clean extra-carefully.

Manual vs. electric

But when it comes to brushing what tool are you using? Is it a manual or an electric toothbrush? Do you know which one is best for you? The answer might surprise you.

The electric toothbrush is better and faster at removing plaque from your teeth. Also, recently powered toothbrushes have a timer incorporated that will tell you when you are finished. On the other hand, the manual toothbrush is inexpensive, and if you are using the proper technique, it can offer the same results as the electric toothbrush.

So, as you can see, the best toothbrush is the one you use regularly, at least twice a day, using the correct technique. It does not matter if you spend $200 on an electric toothbrush if it never sees the light of day. More important for you is to brush regularly, always using a toothbrush that has soft or extra soft bristles. Avoid using medium or hard bristled toothbrush because they have proven to damage your gums and the tooth enamel layer.

The brushing technique is more important

The brushing technique you use has a greater impact on your dental health then the type of toothbrush you choose. No matter which one you prefer, it takes time to do a good job cleaning your mouth, especially if you are wearing braces. Do not rush, use short, light strokes and remember to clean the back of your teeth and the places that are hard to reach. Also, do not forget to change the toothbrush or the toothbrush head every 3-4 months.

Whether you choose a manual or an electric toothbrush, use them daily, twice. Don’t forget to floss and rinse with mouthwash. If you have any more questions regarding the toothbrush you should pick and what is the correct brushing technique, you can always ask your orthodontist or dentist at your next visit.