This is a question that many people will ask. There’s a lot of toothbrushes on the market if you look. You need to make sure that, it’s not too stiff.
I recently went to the drugstore to look at toothbrushes myself just to see what was out there, and I found that a lot of them are either medium or even hard bristles. You have to be really careful with those kinds of bristles, because it may feel like you’re cleaning your teeth better with a stiff brush, but it actually can be detrimental to the enamel of your teeth and your gum (more importantly your gums). Because those stiff nylon bristles are quite irritating to the gums.
When you have braces your gums become even more sensitive. If you’re scrubbing them with a stiff brush, it just makes them very red and irritated. And you’re more likely to have problems with things like gingivitis and bleeding of the gums, if you use too stiff of a brush.
So use a brush that’s on the softer side. It’s a good idea to run it under hot water before using it, to make sure that the nylon bristles are nice and soft. Because it actually works better if you use a softer brush than a harder brush. It kind of goes against what you would think as common sense, but it’s actually better for your mouth to use a softer brush and softer bristles.
Now, if you have braces, like lingual braces or labial braces or even invisalign, you’re going to find that because you’re cleaning your teeth so frequently, your brush is not going to last as long and that you should replace it more frequently. We suggest every three to six months. For patients with traditional braces, we actually suggest replacing the brush every three months. Because it’s not expensive to replace and the benefits of using a good brush are significant.