Can I Use My Regular Toothbrush and Toothpaste with Braces?

The answer to, “Do I Need Braces,” was a yes and you’ve began your orthodontic treatment with braces and are happily on your way towards a beautiful, healthy smile. While your teeth are being straightened, it is important to maintain your Braces with the right tools. Food can get caught in the Braces and may promote the build up of plaque, inflamed gums (gingivitis), and bad breath (halitosis) if not properly addressed. Therefore it is more vital than ever to have excellent oral hygiene during Orthodontic treatment.

Braces Toothbrush

At Braces Haven, our Barrhaven Orthodontist Dr. Cohen often gets asked “what toothbrush should I use?” or “do I need a special toothbrush?”. There are many things to consider when choosing the best toothbrush for you during Braces. To start, you’ll need to choose between a manual toothbrush versus an electric toothbrush.

Manual toothbrushes, for the most part, have a smaller handle which makes them easier to grasp. Electric toothbrushes, generally, have a smaller brush head which makes them easier to manipulate in tighter areas. Electric toothbrushes are often more thorough for those who may rush through their brushing routine since they have a timer. Some electric toothbrushes even let you know when it’s time to switch from brushing your upper teeth to your lower teeth, and from the right side of your mouth to the left side. Electric toothbrushes also come with replaceable brush heads which means multiple family members can use the same unit. Even though this may make an electric toothbrush a little more affordable, unsurprisingly manual toothbrushes are often less expensive.

It is recommended to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, however with Braces you may notice you have to replace your toothbrush more frequently. The reason is because bristles tend to breakdown more quickly when rubbing against Braces. However at Braces Haven we do give a free manual toothbrush when you start your Orthodontic treatment and every time you come in for your appointments we have complimentary toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss standing by.

An interdental or Proxa-Brush is another convenient device for keeping your teeth sparkling white. This brush gets between the teeth and braces is very effective when you don’t have access to a toothbrush. Naturally, your brushing technique is the most important thing when it comes to keeping your Braces clean. At Braces Haven, our devoted dental hygienists spend time showing you how to brush your teeth properly during your Orthodontic treatment. We also recommend that you continue to see your dentist for regular cleanings during Braces.

Braces Toothpaste

Compared to choosing a toothbrush, this is a piece of cake (something you should brush your teeth after eating!). You can use whichever toothpaste you currently use as you do not need a special toothpaste for Braces. Any Canadian Dental Association approved toothpaste that contains fluoride will suffice.

Now all you have to do is Brush!