While brushing teeth regularly and effectively is important for everyone, it is even more crucial for those who wear braces on their teeth. Reason No. 1 is to help keep teeth healthy while the braces do their job. The second, more important reason, is a brace being prone to catching bits of food, which will remain there and cause issues like tooth decay.
One of the best solutions is to use an electric toothbrush as it is proven to remove food particles more effectively than manual brushing. To help you choose one, this article will be reviewing 5 of the best electric toothbrushes for braces.
Electric Toothbrush For Braces Reviews
Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
If you want an electric toothbrush that is teeming with features then Oral-B’s 7000 from their SmartSeries range is going to appeal to you, as it has too many others, given that it is one of the top-selling products of its type.
Oral-B’s SmartSeries 7000 electric toothbrush has lots of cleaning modes that will help you brush your teeth in the most effective way. Options include whitening, gum care and even tongue cleaning. There is also a ‘Pro-Clean’ option which allows you to give your teeth a longer and more intensive brush which is often necessary when you are wearing braces.
To ensure you do not place too much pressure on your gums or teeth, which can cause irritation, this toothbrush has a pressure sensor, which will illuminate the pressure sensor indicator light, and switch the mode to one which is less intense.
There is also a two-minute timer that can be set in ‘Professional mode’ to alert you every 30 seconds to move to the next quadrant of your teeth, and thus ensure you brush them all.
If you wish to take your cleaning regime to another level, you can make use of the toothbrush’s Bluetooth connectivity and the Philips app. This lets you connect it via Bluetooth to your smartphone, and then use features such as real-time feedback on your teeth cleaning, and also learn to improve how you brush your teeth with tips and oral care advice.
- Multiple cleaning modes
- Pressure sensor
- Up to 800 oscillations per minute
- Compatible with all Oral-B brush heads
- Oral care app via Bluetooth connectivity
- No automatic shutoff
- Charging time seems excessive
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
We now come to an electric toothbrush from Philips highly regarded ‘Sonicare’ range which has been one of the highest-selling electric toothbrushes over the past few years and shows no signs of losing any of its popularity.
Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes use high-speed vibrations in the brush head that provide over 31,000 brush strokes every minute, which makes manual brushing seem like something from the dark ages in comparison. If you wear braces on your teeth this provides you with an excellent means of ensuring your teeth are clean, and any food particles are removed.
You can set the toothbrush to operate in three different modes, which are the standard cleaning mode, a whitening mode for enhanced surface cleaning, and the gum care mode which gives your gums an extra minute of massage-like brushing.
Philip’s ‘Quadpacer’ feature is also present in this toothbrush which beeps after every 25% of the mode time you use this. This reminds you to move on to brush each quadrant of your teeth and helps ensures 100% of them are brushed.
To ensure you do not overdo it in terms of putting pressure on your gums, a pulsing sound will occur when the toothbrush senses the pressure you are using is too much.
Another alert is a light which will illuminate when the number of brushes you have used it for, means that the current brush head might need to be replaced.
- Over 31,000 brush strokes per minute
- Pressure sensor
- ‘Quadpacer’ timing alerts
- Multiple cleaning modes
- Brush head replacement alert
- Handle grip is poor
- Carry case doesn’t hold charger
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth doesn’t really have to be very complicated, and that is exactly the principle that what Philips appears to be applying to their Sonicare HealthyWhite electric toothbrush.
Just taking one look at this electric toothbrush from Philips will tell you that it is not one that will create any difficulties in being able to use it, compared to some others that have apps, Bluetooth and half a dozen buttons to learn.
With this toothbrush, you have a single button that you press to switch it on. You then press it up to a maximum three times more to click through to which one of the three modes you wish to use, and then ultimately to switch it off again, when you have finished brushing.
The first of the three modes is ‘Clean mode,’ which is the one you use for normal brushing of your teeth each day. You also have a mode which gives the surface of your teeth an extra-clean to whiten them, and unsurprisingly that is called, ‘White mode.’ The third mode is called ‘Sensitive mode,’ and as the name suggests ,you would use this if your teeth or gums are extra-sensitive, and somewhat painful, while you are brushing.
As with other Sonicare electric toothbrushes, you have ‘Quadpacer’ which alerts you to move on through each quadrant of your teeth brushing routine so that inside, outside, top and bottom are all brushed in sequence.
- Very easy to use
- Angled brush head neck
- 3 brushing modes
- Pressure sensor
- ‘Quadpacer’ sequencing
- Replacement heads can be expensive
- Poor function button sequencing
Oral-B Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Featuring Disney’s Frozen
With the task of getting their kids to brush their teeth being a difficult one for many parents, anything that makes it easier is to be welcomed, as in the case of this Disney’s ‘Frozen’ themed electric toothbrush.
Many young children have difficulty brushing their teeth, and with the issues relating to oral hygiene it can cause, coupled with that child’s reluctance to brush their teeth, it is a recipe for serious oral health issues in the not too distant future.
One way which many parents find useful is to make a child brushing their teeth a fun activity. One of the easiest ways to implement that is with a themed electric toothbrush, and in this case, we have the hugely popular Disney’s ‘Frozen.’
The main attraction for the child will be the brush head which has illustrations of Anna and Elsa, who are the two main characters from the movie. If you want to extend the child activities in relation to Frozen and looking after their teeth, there is an app that Philips has created called ‘Disney Magic Timer.’
This app allows children to brush their teeth along with Frozen and other popular Disney characters, as well as taking part in fun activities relating to brushing their teeth.
With regards to the toothbrush itself, it has a rechargeable battery and comes with a charger that is so small that both it and the toothbrush can easily be taken by the child whenever they are away from home, such as on vacation, for example. The brush head is interchangeable so if your child ‘grows out’ of using Frozen brush heads, you can replace it with any other from the Oral-B range
- Easily portable
- Simple to use
- Encourages children to brush
- Disney app with fun activities
- Can use other Oral-B brush heads
- Maybe too powerful for some children
- Susceptible to mold building up
AquaSonic Duo Dual Handle Electric Toothbrushes
We complete our review with an Aquasonic electric toothbrush that gives you double the cleaning power because it comes, not with one electric toothbrush, but with two.
This is possibly one of the most unique electric toothbrush products you are likely to come across. Not only do you get two electric toothbrushes when you purchase but they come with one which is white in color, and the other is black. This provides the perfect solution to not accidentally using your partner’s toothbrush by mistake, which is a genuine problem for those couples who have identical toothbrushes.
The cleaning power of the Aquasonic Duo is impressive with it being capable of producing up to a staggering 40,000 brush strokes per minute. To ensure that you brush each quadrant of your teeth there is vibration timer which reminds you to move on.
As well as these cleaning features you can use the toothbrush for different functions, by selecting one of the three modes. These are ‘Massage’ mode for gently massaging your gums, a ‘Whiten’ mode for removing stains from the enamel of your teeth, and the ‘Clean’ mode which gives your teeth a deep clean.
Included within the product are five brush heads for each toothbrush and each toothbrush has its very own travel case, so that you can take them on business trips or vacation, as well as a dual-port charging base.
- Two toothbrushes
- 10 brush heads
- Three brushing modes
- 40k+ brush strokes per minute
- Travel case for each toothbrush
- Base doesn’t split for individual charging
- Switching mode resets the timer
Our review of toothbrushes for charging has certainly seen us look at a diverse array of products. Having assessed them all, my pick for the best electric toothbrush for braces is the AquaSonic Duo Dual Handle Electric Toothbrushes.
With you getting two toothbrushes each with three cleaning modes, a vibration timer, 10 replacement brush heads and two travel cases you are certainly getting a lot for your money. Add to that the price which is less than what some single electric toothbrushes cost, then this undoubtedly a high value proposition.