Toothbrushes Designed to Dislodge
Whether your braces are metal or clear plastic, brackets and wires can trap food particles much more easily. This increases your risk of bacteria buildup, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And you don't want to deal with cavities or gingivitis while wearing braces – or after they're off when you're ready to dazzle.
So, your toothbrush should be able to dislodge the debris in your braces. With that in mind, look for the following toothbrush features.
Small Brushing Head
Since you don't have a smooth surface to brush, choose a toothbrush that'll get into those hard-to-reach spots hidden by braces. A small toothbrush head gives you easier access to those spots. And a smaller head can better clean the margins of your gumline where bacteria can build up.
Soft, Rounded Bristles
As you know, braces can create discomfort, especially a few days after you first get them and after adjustments. So, limiting any irritation is just as important as proper brushing when deciding on a toothbrush. And the best toothbrushes have certain things in common:
- Soft, Nylon Bristles: Hard-bristled brushes can wear down enamel and aggravate gums that might already be sore from a recent orthodontics adjustment. Soft-bristled brushes can clean just as effectively without doing this harm.
- Round-Ended Bristles: Bristles with a rounded end can better protect oral tissue – which includes all parts of your mouth – from damage.
- Bristle Variety: The bristles should also be of varying lengths and widths (slim, etc.) to get at all areas where food and plaque might hide.
The right-sized handle can help you grasp the brush better for more control. If you're choosing a brush for your child, the handle should be somewhat larger to afford them more control over each brushing stroke. Some brushes come with a silicone handle for extra gripping power.