Written by Gaby

Can I use an electric toothbrush if I wear braces?

It's especially important for people with braces to keep their teeth and braces clean. The wires and brackets create extra spaces for plaque to form. If you don't clean this properly, you may not only damage your teeth, but your brace as well. Below, I'll explain how to clean your teeth and braces with an electric toothbrush.

How do you brush if you have braces?

Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes

Start at the teeth and molars in your upper jaw, and place the brush head against the edge of your gums. Where you'd usually place the brush head against your teeth horizontally, you should now slant it. This way, the bristles will also reach the edge where wires or brackets are attached to the tooth surface.

Only start your toothbrush after you've placed the brush head.

What to keep in mind?

Brushing teeth with braces

Brush every zone in 3 stages. Start at the top, where the brackets and wires connect to the tooth. Next, brush the bracket or wire. Make sure never to press too hard or make hysterical brushing motions. Finally, place the brush head against the bottom of the brackets and wires at an angle. Cover every zone in this way and give the inside of the lower front teeth extra attention. They have the largest risk of plaque.

How to make this easier?

Brush attachments for braces

There are brush attachments specifically designed for people with braces, which make brushing a lot easier and more pleasant. They are a lot smaller, for instance, so you can more accurately clean between wires and brackets, or they contain an extra pulsing element, so you can more easily reach the spots behind wires.

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