Intuitive modes include pressure sensor if brushing is too hard, and built-in timer that lets you know when to brush different area of the mouth. Compatible with more than one brush head style. Full charge is approximately 22 hours.
Charging time is unusually long, and depleted battery causes rotation to work intermittently. Some crevices in product design could let bacteria and dirt accumulate.
Has a design with inner and outer bristles of different lengths, which allows them to remove food particles around and under brackets and arch wires. Also ships with 15 flossers designed specifically for use with braces. Low price point.
Not as effective on braces as an electric toothbrush or water flosser.
Uses an inter-dental brush head specifically designed to handle hard-to-reach areas around braces. Has 3 different brushing modes to help with sensitive gums. Reasonable price point for an electric toothbrush.
May not last as long as you'd like. Brush heads seem a little small.
Electric toothbrush that holds a charge for up to 2 weeks of uses. Soft brushing mode works nicely to remove food particles from around braces. Low price point for an electronic toothbrush. Includes a timer to remind you how long to brush.
Longevity is questionable. Not quite as powerful as some other models.
Offers 10 different pressure settings for the water flosser, ensuring you can remove food particles from around the braces without causing irritation. Nozzle rotates 360-degrees to reach all areas around the braces. Big water tank.
Higher than average price for a water flosser. Occasional problems with longevity.
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Having braces is a solution to straighten your pearly whites. But to get the most out of your orthodontic experience, and to maintain a healthy smile, you need to commit to a higher level of oral hygiene. Toothbrushes designed specifically for people who wear braces make brushing and flossing easier, quicker, and more effective.
Brackets and wires create a new framework within your mouth, and toothbrushes for braces work around them without causing damage to teeth or braces. Designed to effortlessly navigate every corner of your mouth, toothbrushes for braces focus their efforts on harder-to-reach areas. Since everyone’s teeth are different, toothbrushes for braces keep this in mind, and some models feature “gentle” modes that are ideal for sensitive tooth days — especially after adjustments.
Toss out your traditional toothbrush and invest in a new toothbrush for braces. Take a look at our buying guide to learn about the features and benefits of each style. Once you realize that oral hygiene with braces has never been easier, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear in no time.
While some people use traditional toothbrushes with braces, they simply aren’t the right shape to be effective at cleaning teeth and removing food particles stuck between the wires. Toothbrushes for braces have design variations that accommodate the hardware and work through the nooks and crannies of braces.
Brush heads vary in size and often feature different bristle styles. Water flossing devices that aid in cleaning braces teeth have small heads that can fit in even at the very back of the mouth. Toothbrushes for braces usually include a pick device or mechanism, which fits between braces to clean out particles.
Manual: Manual toothbrushes for braces are similar to traditional toothbrushes, only their brush heads are slightly different. Bristles are shaped to better navigate braces and wires, so they’re often staggered to reach as many places as possible. Manual models often have picks at the other end of the plastic neck, which help dislodge food trapped in hard-to-reach areas.
Electric: Electric models build upon on the design of manual toothbrushes for braces and aim to streamline the brushing experience. Instead of a traditional manual brushing motion, electric models have oscillating mechanisms that do the brushing for you, with up to 40,000 vibrations per minute in some toothbrushes. They also feature a variety of settings, including sensitive and massage modes. They’re mostly rechargeable, though some travel models are battery-powered.
Brush heads come in three main shapes: traditional brush head, round, or oval. Depending on the shape of your mouth, some brush head shapes are more effective than others. Brush heads also come with different bristle heights; the variance helps target more than one area as opposed to just a single surface they touch.
Pick heads generally come to a fine point that is small enough to fit between braces. They’re relatively similar across manual models. Electric models, namely water floss styles, feature a small pick head with an opening that shoots out water. For these, you’re not placing the pick head directly on teeth — rather, the distance allows the water to jet out with enough force to clean between teeth and braces.
The most common color in toothbrushes for braces is white, though black is gaining in popularity for electric models. While there isn’t much of an overall choice, there are some brush head attachments in different colors. This color coding can help designate to whom they belong, if more than one person in your household uses it.
Manual, electric, and water flossing toothbrushes for braces are available in value packs. In addition to the basics, these packs include additional oral hygiene accessories. They could feature extra picks, mini spoolie brushes, brush head variations, tongue scrapers, or travel cases.
Toothbrushes for braces feature a plastic body and a head with nylon bristles. Manual toothbrushes for braces often have a pick tool at one end. Made from flexible, softer plastic, the pick helps dislodge food lodged between braces. Electric toothbrushes have a similar design, and their plastic body houses a motor and electrical components.
Water flosser models have a different construction altogether, as this tool’s focus is on picking and flossing instead of brushing. As a result, in addition to a base with the motor and electrical components, there is a water compartment that feeds directly into the pick attachment.
Charge stations: Some electric toothbrushes for braces are rechargeable on a charge station. While it’s a convenient feature, some charge stations take up a lot of real estate in the bathroom. If you have limited sink area space, you might consider charging the toothbrush in another room. Some consumers opt for travel styles for this reason, which optimize space and fit in almost any bathroom cabinet or over-the-sink mirrored medicine cabinet.
Toothbrushes for braces cost between $5 and $80, with the greatest price differences occurring between manual and electric models.
For a budget-friendly toothbrush, opt for a manual model, which costs $5 to $10. These toothbrushes have special brush ridges and plastic picks to help you clean around braces wires and brackets.
Mid-range toothbrushes for braces cost $10 to $40. They include electric home and travel models as well as flossers. Features, quality, and reliability improve toward the higher end of the price range.
For a superior cleaning experience, expect to spend $40 to $80. These braces brushes are often multipurpose electric models that combine brushing and water flossing, and they usually come with a set of attachments and oral hygiene accessories.
Don’t share brush heads. Even family members should have a different brush head to avoid sharing colds and other illnesses. Some brush heads come in different colors, so you can assign to each family member a color to keep them separate.
Make space in the bathroom. If your toothbrush is electric, you’ll need to make space in your bathroom for the charging station. If the sink area is too small, you could charge it in another room and simply keep charged toothbrushes in the bathroom.
Invest in a toothpaste you like. Brushing can be tedious, especially when you have braces, so invest in a toothpaste that you like. There are plenty of flavors and textures available to make your brushing experience more enjoyable.
Rinse your toothbrush. After you’re done brushing, rise your toothbrush under hot water to rid it of particles and bacteria.
Q. Are toothbrushes for braces suitable for travel, particularly plane trips?
A. Yes, and some electric models are better for traveling than others. Opt for a space-savvy model that holds a decent charge, as you could save even more space by not bringing the charging station. If you think you’ll need to charge your brush during an extended trip abroad, make sure you have the correct power adapter. You’ll also want to keep the toothbrush in a travel case, which means purchasing one if it didn’t come with its own.
Q. Does it matter what kind of toothpaste I use with the toothbrush for my braces?
A. For proper oral hygiene, especially with braces, almost any toothpaste will do the job — so it’s mostly personal preference. If you want a thorough cleaning experience, there are toothpastes that feature whitening, foaming, or deep cleaning properties. Certain toothpaste targets specific oral hygiene issues, such as tartar, tooth decay, sensitivity, gingivitis, and halitosis, all of which you may be more susceptible to with braces.
Q. Will I go through brush heads more quickly with braces?
A. Some consumers feel that the constant wear and tear of bristles against metal braces causes the brush heads to wear down more quickly. Toothbrush models that require brush head replacements have a recommended period of use, and some models have a change timer. If you feel your brush head has become less effective, or looks like it’s taken a beating, change to a new brush head.
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