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What is the best electric toothbrush for braces? I'm currently on braces.

What is the best electric toothbrush for braces? I'm currently on braces.

Oral B or sonacare: Both are excellent-- just a matter of personal preference. Sonacare tends to have stronger vibrations-- some people love them (myself included), others like the oral b better. But both are great. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Any suggestions for toothpastes and toothbrushes for braces?

Any suggestions for toothpastes and toothbrushes for braces?

Toothpastes: Ultrasonic toothbrushes ( sonicare is one brand), or rotating electric brushes ( oral b for example) that have timers built in will help you spend the correct amount of time as well as help to remove the bacteria more effectively than a hand held brush. Any toothpaste and or mouthwash with Fluoride will also help to reduce potential cavities. ...Read more

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Would a manual toothbrush still be good to use for braces if i floss and use listerine?

Would a manual toothbrush still be good to use for braces if i floss and use listerine?

Yes: If a patient uses the most modest toothbrush well, oral hygiene will not be an issue. Electronic brushes can be great, but sometimes people feel that the brush does the work, and in reality if moved around less because of this misconception, they are no better served. ...Read more

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I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

Issues?: I'm not sure of your specific situation and what treatment you have had or are contemplating? Are you trying to address the tooth brush abrasion issue? Or wanting\needing orthodontic treatment? You can have orthodontic treatment and afterwards a retainer with tba. Ortho treatment\retainer won't address the tba issue. Discuss all these issues, relevance and what's best for you with your own denti. ...Read more

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Last night i got a carrot stuck in my braces and i scrubbed my gums with my toothbrush. Was that a good idea?

Last night i got a carrot stuck in my braces and i scrubbed my gums with my toothbrush. Was that a good idea?

Yes: Regardless of how you do it, brushing your gum, massaging it, will enhance the circulation, reducing gingival inflammation and bleeding, and subsequently help to prevent gingival infection. ...Read more

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Does brushing your teeth with baking soda and braces on cause your teeth to be discolored when you get your braces off later?

Does brushing your teeth with baking soda and braces on cause your teeth to be discolored when you get your braces off later?

No: Keeping your teeth clean is the key to not having issues later when the braces come off. Baking soda is good for managing gum issues but it lacks Fluoride which is helpful to prevent decay especially while wearing braces. I'd suggest avoiding any bleaching of your teeth while the braces are on as the enamel under the brackets won't change color and you could end up with dark spots. ...Read more

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What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

What is best:  sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more