Having braces or any orthodontics appliance will make maintaining oral hygiene a more difficult process. Having bands, wires and brackets in the way will make it harder to clean teeth effectively and may affect your dental health. This brings us to picking an electric toothbrush that makes cleaning with braces as easy as could be. We will take into account the cleaning action the toothbrush does and the different features they offer so you can make a decision on what the best electric toothbrush for braces is.
Aspect No.1 – Cleaning Action
With Oral-B’s 3D technology, the brush head both pulsates and rotates. Both actions, especially the pulsating action offsets the oral fluids (fluid dynamics) around the brush head pushing oral fluids between teeth and against surfaces removing plaque. This cleaning effect is called non-contact brushing. This is because plaque can be disrupted even where the cleaning action isn’t being directed by the brushes bristles. Even saying all of this, it is important that you still understand that this cleaning action is only secondary to the cleaning action provided when the brushes bristles makes direct contact with the surfaces of the mouth as this is a lot more effect in dislodging plaque. This cleaning action, if you were wondering is called mechanical scrubbing.
Sonicare’s patented sonic technology does not rotate the brush head but pulsates at fast speeds like Oral-B’s 3D technology and this proves to be just as effective in providing an effective cleaning as the Oral-B. Although I believe that if you have braces the Oral-B will be the more effective cleaning action as the rotating motion can better flick away food particles that may get stuck behind a brackets and wires as this action is more exaggerated. There is no proof of this, so it is your choice if you want to take this into account.
Aspect No.2 – Interchangeable Toothbrush Heads
Another feature that both brands offer are interchangeable brush heads. The regular Oral-B electric toothbrushes have various interchangeable brush heads that provide different cleaning experiences (link to my previous article: Sonicare vs Oral-B – Choosing the Best Electric Toothbrush to learn more). The brush head I recommend for people with braces to use would be the Oral-B Ortho and Power Tip Toothbrush Head. Its has a smaller head size than the standard Precision Clean brush head which will help it better maneuver around your braces. Its bristles are smaller in diameter than on other designs and are arranged to be beneficial in cleaning around orthodontic appliances. This may be a reason why to go with Oral-B.
On the other side, Sonicare doesn’t offer a specific brush head to tackle this issue although their brush heads come in compact sizes, which are smaller versions of the standard brush head. This will help clean cramped areas of the mouth.
Aspect No.3 – Brushing Modes
On most electric toothbrushes there are a selection of brushing modes which you can choose to either change the brushing motion and intensity or change the length of the brushing time. It might be helpful to have an electric toothbrush with extended timer setting which gives you more time to brush. This usually goes by title of ‘Deep Clean’ mode on electric toothbrushes although I don’t see the point of this mode. Although you can easily just restart the timer and brush for an extra minute if you want to.
Along with getting the best electric toothbrush for braces that you can get, both Sonicare and Oral-B provide instructional videos to teach you how to brush with orthodontic appliances. I believe that it will be very useful to watch these depending on what brand electric toothbrush you have decided to get:
Even after using what has been recommended you still are recommended to floss and there are some places that will not be cleaned effectively now that you have braces. Flossing the traditional way can be difficult to do with braces and you may even need to adopt a completely different way of flossing. Buying the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser will make flossing very easy. All you have to do is direct the flosser tip in between the teeth and press a button. Also, food particles can get caught behind the brackets and wires which you will now have to floss in between and behind those as well. Not only that using the Waterpik Flosser save time and is very easy to use but it is a lot more effective than traditional flossing and can better prevent gum disease. Link to my article: Best Electric Toothbrush for Receding Gums if you have gum disease. Getting the Waterpik flosser will make things easier as opposed to harder now that you have braces.