What a braces toothbrush is.
There are a lot of braces toothbrush designs in the market today, all geared towards a better and more thorough cleaning of teeth with braces. One of the more popular types of braces toothbrushes is the Ortho Pro orthodontic toothbrush. This has the v-cut feature especially designed for people who were braces.
The “v” shape means that the bristles in the middle of the toothbrush head are cut shorter than those on the outer edges. This makes for a longer shelf life for your toothbrush and is also effective at reaching under- or over-the brace areas. It also has an angled head and handle for a more relaxed grip.
The bristles of the braces toothbrush must also be softer than those of regular toothbrushes. This is because when you’re wearing braces, you spend more than double the time brushing in order to get to the nooks and crannies where food particles may get lodged.
And if you brush for long periods, a toothbrush with tough bristles may do damage to your delicate gums and cause bleeding. Furthermore, your braces toothbrush has to be soft so you can work it around the brackets without damaging the apparatus. It also has to have rounded edges in order for it to be effective, especially when you apply the circular motion required in brushing teeth with braces.
You can also use electric toothbrushes because they apply a gentle circular motion and won’t wear you out even after a long and tedious toothbrushing regimen. However, not all electric toothbrushes are recommended.
A good brand is the Rota-Dent electric toothbrush because it uses 90,000 filament sweeps per second and it also gives you a microaccess flossing action. This doesn’t mean, though, that there is no need for you to floss. You can purchase the Oral-B threaded floss as it’s easy to use and works quickly to get in between those cumbersome brackets.
Steps in using a braces toothbrush
Grip the Braces toothbrush in a relaxed manner and gently start on the outside of the upper teeth. Use a circular motion, starting with the space between the gums and the braces, and concentrating on only a few teeth at a time. Move to the adjoining teeth, performing the same technique. You can then proceed to brushing the area between the brace and the tooth’s lower edge. Do the same technique with the inside of the upper teeth.
Next, rinse your mouth and gargle several times to get rid of all the food particles that have come loose from the braces. Apply toothpaste once more and repeat the procedure for the lower teeth. In some cases, there are really stubborn pieces of food that won’t come out with just brushing – if this is the case, it’s time to take out a small pair of tweezers to do the job.