A Toothbrush seems to be a simple purchase. There are many kinds and styles to choose from when you visit the pharmacy or super market. But that just may be the problem! Many people come to us every day questioning which kind of toothbrush is best. Should they use electric or conventional? What about soft or hard bristles? Well, we at Glaser Orthodontics are here to help!
The electric vs. manual debate is always a difficult one. What are the benefits of technology vs good old man power? The answer to this is not direct. In fact, this more a matter of preference. Many people feel that the electric toothbrush gets a cleaner feeling in the mouth. However, others see them as pointless, for the extra cost does not produce a result. We as orthodontists want your teeth to be and feel as clean as possible. While electric toothbrushes may make brushing with braces harder or more uncomfortable for some, they are still a great alternative to the classic toothbrush. Whatever your preference, make sure you are thoroughly brushing twice a day.
It is also important to consider bristle type. Hard toothbrushes can cause abrasion to the teeth when used too aggressively, which can increase teeth sensitivity. For this reason, we suggest use of soft bristles rather than medium or hard. Soft bristles are more flexible and can reach deeper into the areas around braces. They are also able to work in circular motions, which can aid in a more complete brushing. When brushing make sure to get close to cheek and tongue, and try to brush 30 seconds on each part of your mouth for a total of 2 minutes.
No matter which device you choose to use, ensure that you are brushing properly after each meal. Continue to stop in our offices to keep your teeth healthy!