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Can You Use An Electric Toothbrush With Braces

Keeping your teeth clean and white is a top priority when people get braces. People who get braces are always concerned about continuity of their previous brushing routine and remain concerned with: can I use an electric toothbrush with braces? Clean braces are as necessary as clean teeth and contribute to the overall health therefore, cleaning your braces and keeping them food-free is vital for oral wellness.

While in most of the cases, manual brushing is sufficient, powered or electric toothbrushes make the job easier, faster and effective at cleaning without damaging delicate braces, retainers, and other orthodontic appliances.

Generally, electric brushes guarantee deeper cleaning in an easy way and a standard electric toothbrush works at 2500 to 7500 strokes per minute so if you brush your teeth for a good 2 minutes, it will deliver far more cleaning in a short time. It can perfectly work well with fixed braces without hurting its setting because it is fast but gentle on your teeth.

No, using an electric toothbrush with braces is not harmful and doesn’t break your braces until it is done with the right technique. Orthodontists usually recommend using an electric toothbrush with braces because they can clean both your teeth and braces more effectively than manual toothbrushes.

We’ve got some good reasons to prefer and use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual brush after getting wires or braces.

Mostly, you get braces when you have crooked or crowded teeth which provide a safe haven for food and plaque to deposit easily making it difficult for you to maintain oral hygiene with a manual brush. Removing that debris is not that easy so gradually you develop sensitivity, decay and staining. This is where an electric toothbrush works and removes even the smallest particles fused with your teeth and braces completely.

An electric toothbrush uses special types of bristles and produces special movement. Unlike manual toothbrushes, the bristles of an electric toothbrush vibrate to produce a rotational movement that helps in removing plaque and food debris from teeth, gums, and braces more effectively and easily by getting into the hard to reach areas.

An electric toothbrush usually comes with a pressure sensor and timer to guide you for maintaining a tooth cleaning schedule. With a timer, you are able to brush your teeth for enough time to deeply clean your teeth and braces. Not only adults, but this beneficial dental appliance is equally suitable for kids. They can perform brushing techniques more effectively with electric brush.

Electric toothbrush is actually more than a toothbrush but you need to change its head the same as you will do for a manual one. This toothbrush has a built-in feature that will give you a digital reminder when it’s time to change the bristle. 

However, you must brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day to get the maximum benefits of cleaning but using an electric toothbrush with the right technique will definitely make this job easier and hygienic. Always remember that you need to maintain oral hygiene with braces or else you may end up with further disease or problems even after the braces treatment.

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