Can you use an electric toothbrush while wearing braces, or is manual a more viable alternative? Fortunately, electric toothbrushes are extremely safe with orthodontic appliances. When used properly, they’re arguably safer and more effective for braces than manual toothbrushes! In many respects, though, the methods by which you would go about brushing with them are similar. When using a manual or electric brush for braces, abide by these same steps:
- Rinse brush head and apply toothpaste.
- Devote 30 seconds each to all four quadrants of your teeth.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, slowly moving it back and forth.
- Concentrate on the teeth surface, and the upper and lower part of the appliance.
- For a deeper clean, brush around the tongue as well.
- Spit, rinse, enjoy a clean smile!
The 45-degree angle is crucial. It maximizes your contact with the essential areas to clean and minimizes direct pressure exerted on the appliance. Also, remember to floss, gargle mouthwash for 30 seconds, and use a Waterpik irrigator or inter-dental brush for good measure.
No speed or sensitivity setting should damage your braces, but still, it’s good to exercise caution and play around to find the best speed and pressure settings for you. Keeping your teeth clean doesn’t have to come at the expense of your appliance’s stability, and it shouldn’t.