Boy brushing teeth in bathroom

June 28, 2016

Regular vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which is Better for Your Teeth?

We hear this question time and again from our patients: should I get a manual or electric toothbrush? Is there really a difference? Which one is better for my teeth if I’m wearing braces? To try to find an answer, let’s explore the difference between manual and electric toothbrushes a little more.


Powered vs. Unpowered Toothbrushes


Manual toothbrushes have the advantage of familiarity and simplicity, and make no mistake: with proper brushing technique, you can take great care of your teeth with a regular toothbrush. So long as you brush properly with a fresh manual toothbrush for a full 2 minutes, twice a day, your teeth will be in great shape. Not to mention, manual toothbrushes are easier to transport, require no batteries or charging, and are very difficult to break. That said, they do require more work when brushing, and without proper brushing technique they can be far less effective. Additionally, there’s no way to time how long you brush with them unless you set a timer – without that, you’re just guessing.


Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, often come with all the bells and whistles. They deliver more results with less work, often include 2 minute timers so you know how long to brush, and have been shown to remove more plaque and debris than manuals. However, electric toothbrushes need to be charged, are more fragile and difficult to transport, and carry a hefty price tag.


So which is best? Ultimately, it’s up to you. Both have pros and cons and both can keep your teeth clean and healthy – it’s just a matter of whether you value simplicity or convenience more.


Contact Your West Seattle Orthodontist


Have more questions about taking care of your teeth? We’re always happy to talk. Feel free to call us at 206.244.7800 for our Burien office or 206.932.4577 for our West Seattle office, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our offices. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your teeth healthy and clean!