If you have just had traditional metal braces applied, you might be wondering if your manual toothbrush will effectively clean your teeth, gums, and the hard-to-reach areas surrounding your brackets? While a manual toothbrush can get the job done, a sonic toothbrush will do it better! With the Triple Bristle, you never have to worry.
Why The Triple Bristle Works So Well With Braces
The Triple Bristle’s patented design automatically adjusts to teeth of different shapes and sizes, including teeth with brackets. With its unique angled bristles, it even cleans and polishes around all four sides of your bracket.
In case that’s not enough—it cleans all 3 sides of your teeth at once. The built-in timer ensures you brush long enough, which is perfect for busy teenagers.
Go Manual Part-Time
Whether you have Invisalign, or traditional metal brackets—your teeth and gums will be extremely sensitive the first week or so after application. Also, after tightening, or receiving new liners. During these days of increased sensitivity, it may be more comfortable to brush gently with a soft bristle manual toothbrush. Once your sensitivity subsites, switch back to your power polisher—to polish away your plaque.
In the meantime, ease inflammation as directed. Ice water is soothing, eat soft foods, avoid spicy and acidic foods, and consider an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
What Else Will You Need?
Your orthodontist will likely suggest, or supply you with a few sample products designed specifically for those with metal braces. This includes special flossing tools, a mini-brush that cleans vertically between your brackets, and even wax to ease friction. If this is your first sonic toothbrush, don’t forget to switch to a toothpaste with an abrasive score of 70 or less.
Don’t Forget To Swish
Food particles will get trapped in your brackets and wire. The worst part is, you won’t even know it’s there until you look in the mirror. Get into the habit of swishing water in your mouth 5 minutes or so after eating. This will help you avoid the embarrassment leftovers, and remove the bacteria causing food particles. You can use a fluoride mouth rinse instead, but water gets the job done.
Congratulations on your new braces! It might not seem like it now, but before you know it—your braces will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, keep your teeth and gums healthy, clean, and bright by brushing twice daily with your Triple Bristle sonic toothbrush.