Braces can do amazing things for your teeth, but they can also feel difficult sometimes. All those brackets and wires add a lot of difficult spots to clean. Dental hygiene can be tough with braces, but the right tools can make it easier. Read on to learn about 5 cool new gadgets for people with braces.
1. Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes can make a big difference for braces wearers. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes can remove up to 21 percent more plaque than manual toothbrushes. It’s easy to see why electric toothbrushes can be such a game changer for maintaining good dental health while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
2. Smart Apps
Thanks to modern technology, there are now smartphone apps to help with taking good care of your teeth and braces. Specifically for braces wearers, there are rubber band apps to remind you to wear your rubber bands to keep your orthodontic treatment progressing on schedule. There are also dental apps available that are designed to connect with electric toothbrushes and give you real time feedback on your brushing technique and habits to help you brush better and more efficiently. Isn’t technology amazing?
3. Floss Picks
Flossing with braces: Anyone who has braces will sigh at just the thought of it. Did you know about a nifty little tool that can make flossing a whole lot easier? Flossing picks made specifically to fit under your braces brackets can make a world of difference for your flossing routine when you have braces. They are tiny and inexpensive compared to other gadgets, but they definitely deserve a spot on the list of cool new gadgets for people with braces. Try them and you’ll see why.
4. Water Flosser
Waterpik water flossers can be another great investment for people with braces. The device is similar to the pressurized water tool that your dental hygienist may use during professional dental cleanings, but it’s made for at home use. It uses a pressurized stream of water to clean hard-to-reach areas along the gumline and under and around braces brackets.
5. Toothbrush Sanitizer
UV light technology has come a long way in recent years and is now used for many purposes, including sanitizing hard-to-clean surfaces. If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your toothbrush while you work hard to keep your braces in top shape, a UV toothbrush sanitizer can be an efficient and low-mess cleaning option to help ensure that your toothbrush is always clean and ready to use when you reach for it.
Check with Your Orthodontist
If you’re in search of cool new gadgets for people with braces, your orthodontist is your best resource. They have experience with patients who use many of the latest gadgets and can offer an expert opinion on which ones will be most effective and suited to your needs. They may also be able to suggest some cool new gadgets that are not on your list yet!
Call our Gilbert, Phoenix or Scottsdale dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.