Find the Best Toothbrush for Braces for Kids

Good dental hygiene is essential for all children, especially if they wearĀ braces. If you want them to still have their cute smiles after the braces come off, you will have to ensure everything is kept in check.

Children with braces face extra problems such as getting foot stuck between them, this can increase the likelihood of tooth decay and plaque build up. Bacteria and sugars can also latch onto the braces, again increase the chance of decay or even getting your child sick.

The most effective way to clean your childrenā€™s teeth is to useĀ toothbrushes, who would have guessed it!

Its well know that everyone shouldĀ brush their teeth at least twice a dayĀ in order to maintain healthy gums and strong teeth.

But what is the best toothbrush for braces?

Keep reading to find outā€¦

Good toothbrush options for children with braces

I have listed four different toothbrushesĀ that can be used for young children, each of them having their own unique features and drawbacks. All are brace friendly and safe for all children to use.

Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02

Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush...
  • KidTimer increases brushing time slowly over 90 days, building toward...
  • Kid-friendly power modes provide gentle cleaning that's right for...
  • Age-appropriate brush heads specifically designed to gently clean and...
  • Ergonomic design enables parents and kids to brush together or on...

TheĀ Philips SonicareĀ is one of the dearer childrenā€™s electronic brushes on the market, but it comes with more features than its rivals.

The first thing you want to look for when buying a toothbrush for any child wearing braces is to see the size of the head, and how soft the bristles are.

A smaller head is ideal for children as it can clean the teeth better and get into more places around the childā€™s braces. The bristles should be soft, as the gums of children are still weak and we donā€™t want them to bleed.

The PhilipsĀ SonicareĀ scores well on both, it has a small head and a firm but not overly aggressive bristles.

A unique feature to this toothbrush is the timer feature, with this you can ensure your child brushes their teeth for the correct amount of time.

It comes with two speed settings, one for children aged between 4-7 and the second for children 7 and up. The design is pretty cool and I think this toothbrush will give your child a much better experience than using a regular boring toothbrush.

However it is a bit pricy and it a little bit bulky, so children with really small hands may have trouble gripping it, but other than that itā€™s a thumbs up from me.

ProsCons
  • 2-speed settings
  • Timer settings
  • Small head and firm bristles
  • Looks cool and will encourage children to brush their teeth more often
  • A bit pricy for a childrenā€™s toothbrush
  • May be difficult to hold for children with smaller hands

Arm & Hammer (Crest) Kids Spinbrush

Arm & Hammer Kid's Spinbrush Super Mario Powered Toothbrush,...
  • One Arm & Hammer Kid's Spinbrush Super Mario Powered Toothbrush
  • Ergonomically designed toothbrush fits perfectly into little hands for...
  • Fixed lower bristles are topped with a spinning head that oscillates...
  • Rotating movement removes plaque and massages gums
  • Promotes healthy brushing and good overall dental hygiene habits

TheĀ Arm & Hammer Kids SpinbrushĀ is another electronic toothbrush designed solely for kids and is brace friendly. The bristles are soft and theĀ brush headĀ is small, ideal for children with braces.

The brushes unique selling point is the fact it comes with 141 stickers which lets the children design the brush anyway they like.

This is a good thing as it will encourage them to brush their teeth more often. Just be sure to tell them to only put the stickers on the brush, as I woke up one morning to find stickers all over my TV!

The brush is very cheap and as far as electronic toothbrushes goes, howeverĀ you canā€™t replace the head and must buy a new toothbrush.

The brush moves slower than the Philips Sonicare but it can still remove plaque and unwanted food from a childā€™s braces and teeth.

ProsCons
  • Small head and soft bristles
  • Very cheap
  • Children can customize their own brush with stickers
  • Head cannot be replaced
  • Not as powerful as the Philips toothbrush.

Oral-B Kids Power Toothbrush

Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush Featuring...
  • Its distinct shape allows the toothbrush head to surround each tooth...
  • With a waterproof handle, this electric toothbrush uses a Sensitive...
  • Makes it a breeze for your kids to develop healthy brushing habits
  • Use it with the Disney Magic Timer App by Oral-B, and your kids will...
If you child loves Disney, I can assure you that if you buy them the Oral-B Stages Kids Toothbrush they will never forget to brush their teeth.

The electric toothbrush comes in many designs such as the Power Ranges, Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh. Your children may see it more as a toy than a toothbrush.

The power the brush provides again is nothing compared to the Philips Sonicare but the price reflects that, itā€™s just a basic fun electronic toothbrush for children, small head and soft bristles.

Like the Crest, the Oral-B head also cannot be replaced.

ProsCons
  • Cheap for an electronic toothbrush
  • Great design
  • Head cannot be replaced
  • Not as effective as the Philips Sonicare

Regular toothbrushes

Aside from the huge range of electronic toothbrushes, using a manual toothbrushĀ can be just as effective for cleaning your childā€™s teeth and braces. They are much cheaper and you can set your own pressure and speed when operating.

Oral-B Orthodontic Toothbrush

Oral-B Ortho Soft Cleans Around Braces Toothbrush, 6 Count ,...
  • Contains 1 Soft bristle Ortho toothbrush, perfect for cleaning around...
  • Long narrow neck for easy to difficult reach
  • Comfort Grip for better control
  • V-trimmed bristles for effective cleaning
  • Oral-B, The brand more dentists use themselves worldwide

The only drawback to regular toothbrushes is that children find them boring, and it is critical for your child to brush teeth regularly if they have braces for healthier gums and strong teeth.

Almost every child I know hates brushing their teeth, Iā€™m a grown-up and I still hate it! The biggest problem you will have using regular brushes is making it fun for kids and ensuring they brush at least twice a day.

Electronic toothbrushes interest them because of their cool, normal toothbrushes not so much. I would suggest encouraging them by playing mini games like who can brush their teeth the fastest in 1 minute, or how many full rotations in your mouth can you do in a minute. At least this way you can turn something children finding boring into something fun.

ProsCons
  • Very cheap
  • Can manual control the speed and pressure applied
  • Children will find it boring and may not want to brush teeth.

Conclusion

Your child doesnā€™t need a special toothbrush if they have braces, but having something with a smaller head and soft bristles is ideal. Using bigger heads and firm bristles may cause bleeding and scare them into not wanting to brush their teeth again.

Let’s be honest, kids would rather be playing video games or doing something outside than trying to maintain their teeth and braces. The key is to try making brushing fun, this is why you see a common theme of all childrenā€™s brushes having cartoon characters on them.

From the toothbrushes reviewed today, all will do the job of keeping your childā€™s teeth and braces clean, however if you want to go the extra mile I would suggest gettingĀ the Philips Sonicare. The features are great and with its 2-speed system, you wonā€™t have to buy another toothbrush for your child until he turns into a teenager, and by then you will have to worry about a 100 other things!

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