If you wear braces, your New York orthodontist has probably told you that it's critical to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. In addition to flossing every night and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you should always be meticulous when brushing your teeth. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is to invest in a good brush. Electric toothbrushes may cost more, but many professionals believe it is worth the money.

''Power toothbrushes have come a long way," Dr. Terrence Griffin, an associate professor and chair of the department of periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, told WebMD. 

He's absolutely right. These days, companies like Oral-B and Colgate manufacture brushes that can be found at virtually any drug store and spin their heads  3,000 to 7,500 times a minute. Sound too good to be true? More expensive brands like Sonicare offer individuals 30,000 to 40,000 strokes every 60 seconds! One of the reasons that fast movement is so impressive is because it is quite effective in removing bits of food, which can cause plaque and lead to gingivitis.

According to Dr. Gary Hack, a dentist and professor at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, electric brushes are not only great for removing buildup but also a wonderful option for people who have limited movement in their hands.

''Electric or sonic toothbrushes may be easier for people with dexterity problems, like arthritis, to handle and control, resulting in cleaner teeth and gums."

Whether your child is the one with braces or you have adult braces, it's important to keep teeth clean in order for orthodontic treatment to be effective.

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