Find out which teeth cleaning tools to use for a healthy smile

A Healthy Smile Starts with the Right Teeth Cleaning Tools

Keeping your smile healthy depends on maintaining a consistent level of high-quality care. And to best care for your teeth, you’ll want to have the right tools on hand at all times. This is especially true when you have braces or Invisalign. By equipping yourself with the right teeth cleaning tools, you’ll be able to unveil a beautiful, healthy new smile once your orthodontic treatment is complete.

Electric Toothbrushes Are Great Teeth Cleaning Tools

An essential tool for anyone, finding the right toothbrush is especially important once you begin orthodontic treatment. Keeping your teeth free of plaque will be a bit more difficult when you have braces since the brackets and wires make it harder for you to get a thorough clean. They also make it easier for food to get stuck on your teeth, which makes it even more important to have an effective toothbrush. Even if you have Invisalign, your teeth can still be more vulnerable to tooth decay as bacteria can get trapped under the aligners.

Modern electric toothbrushes are known to remove more plaque than conventional toothbrushes and they also make it quicker and easier to clean your teeth. So if you want to get to the end of your treatment with healthier teeth, getting a reliable electric toothbrush will be very helpful.

Floss Threaders Make It Easier

Another essential cleaning task that keeps your teeth healthy is flossing. If you have braces, you’ll quickly find that flossing isn’t quite as straightforward. However, it’s incredibly important to keep flossing every day, which is why you should get yourself a floss threader. This little device makes it much easier to insert the floss under the wires so you can access the spaces between your teeth for cleaning.

All you have to do is tie the floss around the end, then the sturdy plastic threader will allow you clean in between your teeth with much more ease.

Air or Water Flosser for Extra Cleaning Power

In the interest of avoiding needing fillings or more dental work while you have braces or Invisalign, you should consider including additional devices in your dental health toolkit. A great option is a water flosser or air flosser.

A water flosser uses a pressurized stream of water that shoots out and gets rid of food particles around the gum line and in between your teeth. An air flosser is similar but uses a bit more pressure and shoots water and air at a high velocity. This device should be lined up in between your teeth before you use it. Keep in mind that these tools aren’t a replacement for conventional floss.

During your time in orthodontic treatment, you’ll also benefit from other tools, such as dental wax to keep your mouth comfortable with braces. Another helpful tool you’ll need if you have Invisalign is a plastic case to keep your trays safe and secure when you take them out to eat or drink anything besides water or brush your teeth.

Contact Milnor Orthodontics today to schedule your free consultation and see which orthodontic treatment is right for you!

At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 484-3214 or visit to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.