When you wear dental braces, brushing your teeth regularly is extremely important. In fact, if you wear braces, you should clean your teeth after each meal and floss twice each day.
Failure to brush regularly can lead to decalcification which shows up as white stains around your brackets. But good oral hygiene will help prevent decalcification, gingivitis or gum disease, and periodontitis or gum infections.
The first step in maintaining good oral hygiene is selecting a toothbrush and toothpaste that’s right for you.
What is the best toothbrush to use with dental braces?
At SmilingYangs Orthodontics, we believe that the key to excellent oral hygiene with dental braces is about brushing consistently rather than finding the perfect toothbrush.
Regular toothbrushes are great for individuals without braces, but toothbrushes designed for braces are usually a better choice for those who wear braces. If you use a regular toothbrush, you will need to brush with the bristles angled to clean your teeth and braces. Be aware that the bristles may catch in your braces and consequently wear out faster.
Typically, the best toothbrush for individuals wearing braces is one that is small and flexible, with soft bristles. There are many good brands including Oral-B, Crest, Colgate, Philips Sonicare, and Reach, just to name a few. An interdental, interproximal brush or “Christmas Tree brush” deliver an optimal way to clean between braces and wires. Electric toothbrushes designed for braces are also an excellent choice because they provide appropriate pressure and rotation, allowing for efficient cleaning.
The bottom line is that the best toothbrush for you is the one that you use frequently and consistently. We don’t recommend any specific brand; we just want our patients to use soft bristles designed to get in between the tight spots between braces, wires, and teeth.
What’s the best toothpaste for braces?
At SmilingYangs Orthodontics, we believe that any reputable toothpaste brand with fluoride is a great choice that will strengthen and heal teeth, so they are less vulnerable to bacteria. Whether you choose Crest, Colgate, Arm & Hammer, Aim, or Aquafresh, just be sure the toothpaste you select contains fluoride.
Once you select your toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, read here (Brushing With Braces) to learn how properly brush with braces
Finally, keep in mind that even with excellent oral hygiene using your select toothbrush and toothpaste, plaque still can form on teeth. Take time to schedule regular dental checkups at least every 6 months to have residual plaque professionally removed and ensure your teeth and gums are in great shape.
If you think you or a family member may need dental braces, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation. Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Orthodontist Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc. has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.
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