Can you use Electric Toothbrushes with Braces?
July 12, 2019
Braces only add more and more spots for plaque to build up. Regular brushing has already proven to be fairly efficient against if done properly and regularly.
However, what about Electric Toothbrushes? Can you use them to clean your teeth if you have braces? The short answer is, yes you can! They are perfectly fine to use if you have braces as well!
[However, that’s not all that there is to it. To know more about how efficient they are, I’d advise you read this article till the very end.]
Can you use Electric Toothbrushes with Braces?
Well, this is actually a much more common question that you might believe it to be at first. A lot of my friends often approach me with this question and ask me if it is more or less efficient than brushing manually.
As in turns out, far from being just efficient, using Electric Toothbrushes is often actually even more efficient than using conventional toothbrushes! This is so because it actually vibrates with a lot more intensity and some models such as the Philips Sonicare (Click here to check out our review of the Sonicare Essence Electric Toothbrush) ones even have a ultrasound sonic wave system to remove the plaque.
In fact, studies by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics have shown that an electric toothbrush promotes better oral hygiene for those with dental braces. There are numerous reasons an electric toothbrush outperforms a manual toothbrush before, during, and after orthodontic treatment.
How to clean your braces and teeth properly? Oral-B answers!
A lot of my friends have asked me how to exactly clean your teeth and braces properly when using an Electric Toothbrush.
As it so happens, it’s actually fairly simple, all you need to do is clean the places where the food might accumulate, such as the wires, the place where it holds your teeth and similar places. If you can keep this point in mind and clean all such places properly, then it could turn out to be just as efficient or even more efficient than conventional toothbrushes.
Get started: Remove elastics, bands, or removable parts of orthodontic appliances.
Clean your braces: Carefully clean around wires and pins.
Brush each wire: Move top to bottom, and all the way around upper and lower teeth.
Brush your teeth: Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds. Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes have a built-in timer that pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth. As you’re brushing, make sure to clean all areas of the tooth. Some people find they get the best clean going tooth by tooth.
Rinse, and then check your teeth: Rinse thoroughly. Examine teeth and braces in the mirror, and remember to look for any remaining food particles.
Do Sonicare Toothbrushes really work?
Well, something you might be wondering about is if the ultrasound models such as the Sonicare series from Phillips actually work. Or, you might be wondering about how efficient they are even if they work.
Well, as it turns out, they actually do work! However, Tooth Advocates has prepared a detailed answer for you for this specific question, and we really hope you would take the time to take a look at our article- click here to read our article on if Sonicare Toothbrushes really work.
Is Hanging a toothbrush from the wall or mirror a good idea?
Well, you might wonder at one point or another if hanging your toothbrush is such a great idea after all.
As it turns out, it actually meets all of the requirements of a proper way of storing your toothbrush. This actually makes hanging it a pretty great idea to go for!
However, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind. The most important of these by far is where you plan to hang it.
[Most people I know choose to hang it in their bathroom. Here’s why that’s a horrible idea!]
As it turns out, most of the people choose to store it in their bathroom. This is by far one of the worst things out there that you can do!
Why, you wonder? Well, turns out, we have already prepared an article for you on exactly this! Please click here to check out our article on why you should not store your toothbrush in your bathroom!
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Thank you for taking your time to read today’s article here at Tooth Advocates till the very end. We really hope that we managed to answer the questions that you had in your mind and that you would be able to apply at least some of this information in your actual brushing practice, making it a much better experience for you overall.
However, we do understand that there must be a few questions that we might not have been to answer. Naturally, we did try our best to answer as many as we could have, but we do realize that there might be a few that we couldn’t answer. If you have any question of that nature, please feel free to reach out to us- we’re always eager to hear from you here at Tooth Advocates!
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Until our next article, here are a few more amazing articles that you might want to check out:
- How long should a toothbrush last?
- Should you keep your toothbrush in the bedroom instead of the Bathroom?
- Is it better to store your toothbrush in a drawer? [Pro tip: Click here to check out why it really isn’t the best idea to store your toothbrush in a drawer, despite the fact that it makes for a great hiding spot and is something a lot of people tend to do.]