Confusion on Aisle 10
So you’ve just gotten your shiny new braces on your way to a beautiful smile, but your current toothbrush just won’t do the trick anymore. You walk through the aisle at the store or online to shop, but can’t decide which toothbrush to choose. Have no fear, this will be a comprehensive break down of the different recommended toothbrushes.
Philips Sonicare 3 Series — $59.95
The key with brushing your teeth with braces is not forcing your bristles to reach the teeth. The benefit of the Philips Sonicare 3 Series is just that: bristle placement. With the AdaptiveClean brush heads. IT has 31,000 brush strokes per minute placed. The AdaptiveClean brushheads enable 4 times more surface contact, with the flexible rubber enabling adaptive contact to each form of the tooth.
**if you already own a Sonicare toothbrush, you can simply purchase the brush heads and attach them to the older model**
Oral-B Pro-Health Dual Clean Power Toothbrush — $18.99
The benefit of this is its price. At $18.99, it is significantly priced lower than any other high quality sonic toothbrush. If you do decide this is the brush for you, make sure you invest in the Precision Clean replacement heads, which are designed to work with braces through a higer frequency rotation.
**Oral-B recommends that you stay away from the FlossAction and Pro-White brush heads if you have braces**
Colgate Ortho Toothbrush – $2.99
This is of course the most affordable option, but you don’t receive the benefits of sonic plaque displacement. However, if you do have a trustworthy brushing technique, this would be a viable route to take.
Randy Gittess graduated from Medical College of Virginia in Richmond to become a Doctor of Dental Sergury and later discovered his passion for orthodontics and went on to specialize in Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia where he received his certificate in orthodontics. Dr. Gittess is also Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a special distinction among orthodontists.