Toothbrush for Braces
Everyone is expected to make a commitment to maintain good personal hygiene practices and a good part of this task is devoted to caring for one?s oral needs. Oral hygiene is essential because it helps maintain the beauty and function of the teeth in the mouth. You clean your teeth because plaque accumulates in the mouth on a daily basis, and when you allow plaque to accumulate you allow bacteria to thrive and cause problems in the mouth. You clean your teeth thoroughly through using toothbrush for braces, flossing and rinsing, because these techniques help to get rid of disease-causing plaque.
Of the many practices, tooth brushing is the most basic yet the most reliable. You clean your teeth because you wish to keep the teeth in your mouth and you need to be serious about cleaning your mouth when you have no braces, and most especially when you do. With the brackets stuck in your mouth, food is easily trapped and may cause disease. Cleaning teeth with brackets is going to be quite difficult; while normal brushing techniques will still prove to be useful there are other options that you can explore.
Toothbrush for Braces Options:
Interdental Brush: An interdental is a specialized brush which is like a rod with bristles on the end. It is small enough to fit in between the teeth, the tips of which you can also insert through the small slots on the brackets. Food that is trapped in between the brackets and the wires can be difficult to remove with a normal toothbrush so this special design helps you carryout a better job of cleaning your teeth.
Electric Toothbrush: Electric brushes move in small circles. The brushes rotate at a certain speed, so providing efficiency in function. The beauty of electric brushes is that it rotates at a controlled speed and moves in such a way, so that cleansing is so much more effective. Rigorous brushing may have been fine without braces but that can dislodge the brackets from the mouth. The use of an electric toothbrush will help regulate the force you subject to your teeth so that you can do a thorough clean.
V-Trim Brushes: A v-trim is a specialized toothbrush design with the v-point either pointing in or pointing out. Such a design is effective for those with braces because the v pointing inwards leaves a space for the brackets so that you can brush the teeth thoroughly without worrying about dislodging the brackets; while the v pointing outwards provides a sufficient tip that makes it easier for you to penetrate into the brackets to remove food and other particles that have been trapped with the wires.
Dual Head Braces: A dual-head brush is another specialized toothbrush design that basically incorporates two of the designs already mentioned above. Instead of it looking like a normal brush, you will find a v-trim tip on one end and an interdental brush tip on the other end. With this unique design you can take advantage of the function of both, in just one tool.
Waterpik: Not exactly a toothbrush, Waterpik is a highly specialized oral hygiene equipment that uses strong water pressure to clean the teeth. The machine drives strong water pressure to the tip so that water may be used to clean the brackets that should maintain the health of the patient.
Sturdy Floss: A floss is a soft string that may be inserted in between teeth to remove food particles that have been trapped. A sturdy floss is a special type of floss design because it comes with a sturdy tip that you can slit through. A normal floss may not be easy to use with the brackets in your mouth but the sturdy floss will still give you a chance to floss.
As already mentioned, normal tooth brushes can still effectively clean your mouth to leave the brackets clean and disease-free. Using a normal toothbrush is still going to do the job, but great help may be made available through the other brushes and hygiene equipment described above.