As we all know, braces are used to straighten and align teeth in order to close holes and improve a person's bite. But, did you know that, even with braces, some types of toothbrushes can improve your brushing experience and help you maintain healthy teeth and gums more effectively?
How to brush your teeth with braces
Brushing your teeth with braces is pretty straightforward, but it does take a couple of extra steps.
- Start by removing any rubber bands or removable parts of your braces. Before reapplying these to your braces, they should be rinsed.
- With a little bit of water and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, get your toothbrush ready.
- Carefully clean, even under the wires and pins, around your braces.
- Brush the real wires of your braces so that they are free of any food particles that may cause the accumulation of plaque or bacteria.
- Switch from one side of your mouth to the other and spend at least 2 minutes brushing.
- Gently brush your tongue.
- Spit out any remaining toothpaste and saliva. Rinse your mouth with water and check the mirror to make sure your braces have been fully cleaned.
As a brace wearer, you can take your cleaning to the next stage, dedicating at least an extra minute to it. Everyone can brush their teeth at least once a day, but few people do. Floss or interdental brushes may be used to clean between the teeth.
With braces, it's even more important to do this at least once, if not twice, a day for yourself.
Giving this extra care and being meticulous is the best way to ensure that the teeth aren't dirty or have any white spots when the appliance is removed.
Interdental brushes are very useful after brushing because they allow you to get into all those tight spaces where bacteria and plaque can hide. Floss threaders are useful tools for bringing floss through gaps between teeth and wires if you're using conventional string floss.
The method can be boring and exhausting without a threader, discouraging you from paying attention to this part of the cleaning process. The use of a threader makes things even simpler.
The treader's rigid yet versatile nature makes it a wonderful tool that any brace wearer should seriously consider purchasing.
Cleaning on the go
The measures you should take to solve such an issue will be influenced by your lifestyle and routine, but today's resources make it easier for brace wearers to maintain oral health on the go.
Here are some of our recommendations:
Keep a toothbrush and flossing tools in your desk drawer
If you work in an office or spend a lot of time in one place, getting a toothbrush and a variety of flossing equipment on hand is a good idea.
Having a lightweight electric toothbrush like the Sonisk Pulse might be useful to have in a drawer or on your desk if space allows. This way, you'll have the perfect tool to ensure your braces are free of any food debris. Simply go to the restroom, brush your teeth for two minutes, and you're ready to go!
Carry your cleaning toothbrush with you
If you are on the go a lot or travel with your job, it may be worthwhile having a lightweight, compact toothbrush with you at all times - simply pack the toothbrush in your backpack, work bag, or lunchbox, depending on your preferences.
Electric toothbrushes sometimes come with travel cases to secure them and make transportation simpler. The Sonisk Pulse electric toothbrushes come with a travel cap to keep your brush head dirt free!To shop our portable electric toothbrush, click here.