You know that it’s important to take good care of your teeth. It’s especially important to do a good job when you have braces. Of course, it’s easier to give your teeth a good thorough cleaning when you have a toothbrush that makes it easier to get the job done. You may find that your old toothbrush just doesn’t quite cut it anymore. So what should you be looking for in a toothbrush?
The shape and size of the head of your toothbrush can have a surprising impact on how effectively it’s able to work when you have braces. You’ll probably find that toothbrushes with smaller heads work better since it will be easier to access hard-to-get areas. Many people find that round heads in particular are often easier to work with. Small, round heads tend to make cleaning around braces easier and can give you a better cleaning along your gum line.
The hardness of toothbrush bristles is something you should consider any time you pick out a toothbrush. If you have braces, you’re going to want to go for softer bristles. Bristles that are too hard can irritate your mouth and even cause you to accidentally damage your braces. Look for toothbrushes with soft, rounded bristles made from nylon. Ideally, there should be bristles of differing lengths to better get all the areas where food might get stuck and plaque could build up.
Once you have braces, getting to every part of your mouth can be a little tricky. Having a toothbrush with a handle that is the right size for your hand can help. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably in your hand and be easy to hold. Some toothbrushes are designed with ergonomic handles or have silicone to facilitate an easier grip.
It’s not enough to just brush your teeth for two minutes when you have braces. Not if you want to do a thorough job of it and protect the health of your teeth, anyway. You need a toothbrush that can reach all the little crevices of your teeth and all those little places around your braces where food can get stuck. With discipline and the right toothbrush, you’ll be well on your way to a smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful.
Sometimes food can damage your braces. If you’re concerned that your braces need to be looked at, be sure to contact us as soon as possible. We’ll get everything straightened out for you (pun absolutely intended).