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Brushing With Braces – Electric Versus Manual Toothbrushes Philadelphia, PA
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Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is important during the duration of wearing braces. Braces do not imply an automatic pause in oral care while the alignment process is happening. If you’re trying to decide which toothbrush is right for you during your alignment process of wearing braces we can help with that decision.

The bottom line is that any tool is only as effective as the person operating it. Therefore, both a manual and electric toothbrush will do the job of cleaning your teeth, but you play an integral part in their effectiveness. In either case, choose a toothbrush with a soft head that fits appropriately in your mouth. Soft toothbrush heads coupled with gentle execution of your brushing will help you avoid damaging your wires and brackets.

A manual toothbrush will clean your teeth effectively, but there are benefits to an electric toothbrush that can help ensure you are getting your optimal brushing each time. Most electric toothbrushes have a timer on them, signaling when your two-minute brushing is done. Electric toothbrushes are also wonderful for patients who have limited dexterity or arthritis. They also help control the intensity in which you brush to ensure you’re not damaging your gums or brackets.

When using an electric or manual toothbrush while wearing braces, be sure to brush above and below the armature of the braces and to carefully navigate around your bands, brackets, and wires.

Book your appointment with Broad Street Braces today, and be sure you brush at least twice a day while wearing your braces and floss one time a day.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


Mon – 8am to 5pm
Tue – 8am to 5pm
Wed – 8am to 5pm
Thu – 8am to 5pm
Fri – 8am to 1pm

Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!