Dentists regularly remind all of us to brush regularly and correctly, but it becomes even more important when wearing a brace. The surface area and design of a brace, particularly fixed braces offers an increased surface area for bacteria to form. You want to remove debris and bacteria to help keep your teeth and gums in good shape. You need to brush at least twice a day – ideally three times a day when wearing a brace.
In this post I recommend the best electric toothbrush for braces, having tested the market’s top brushes and previously wearing braces myself.
Top 10 best electric toothbrush for braces in UK 2021
Here come our 10 best electric toothbrush for braces. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Oral-B Pro 2 2500
A fantastic electric toothbrush, the Pro 2 2500 has all the essentials of an electric toothbrush at an affordable price and comes with a travel case included, which is particularly handy for a brace wearer.
A lovely slim handled unit, it feels good in hand and has plenty of grip.
Built in is the all important timer and pacer along with a pressure sensor to alert you, if you are brushing with too much force.
It does not have Bluetooth connectivity, nor can it be charged whilst in its travel case.
2. Philips Sonicare Airfloss
After only a few weeks, I definitely feel my teeth are cleaner than they would without flossing. As a novice to air flossing, it did take a few attempts to get used to the shots of water in my mouth and I did suffer from some bleeding of my gums but now I am used to it (and remember to keep my mouth closed), it has become so quick and easy to use.
This is definitely at the higher end of the dental flosser market. At £75 it isn’t cheap, especially when you think that manual interdental brushes and dental floss only cost a few pounds. However, this air flosser offers a much quicker and more pleasant experience, and does come with a 2 year guarantee so should last, making it good value overall.
3. Oral-B Genuine Ortho Care
Cleans and gently removes plaque from teeth with braces. Provides effective and convenient cleaning. Specialist care for dental braces. Indicator bristles fade as a sign to replace your toothbrush head for a better clean (about every 3 months). Compatible with the entire lineup of Oral-B electric toothbrushes, except for Oral-B sonic toothbrushes
4. Oral-B Genius 9000
Another firm favourite from Oral-B is the Genius 9000 range of electric toothbrushes. This toothbrush has an alert system for when you are brushing too hard to protect your gums. The toothbrush also comes with 6 brush modes.
5. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
This brush really hits the sweet spot between delivering the most useful advances in toothbrush tech at a really good price. It has just three brushing “modes”, which is practically basic these days when some of the more expensive brushes pack in seven and upwards. However, the “clean”, “white” and “gum care” modes cover the range of gum and teeth sensitivities, so you will be able to find the right mode for your mouth.
The “quadpacer” timing system divides your mouth into quarters and buzzes when it’s time to move on to the next quadrant and the pressure sensor makes sure you’re not damaging the gum line. The manufacturer claims the 5100’s li-ion battery gives you two weeks of brushing on one charge, although we found that it actually gives more than that and were able to brush twice daily for two minutes each time and had to charge it only after the third week.
6. Triple Bristle Best Sonic
If you are looking for an electric toothbrush with the latest technology, the Triple Bristle Electric Toothbrush might be an ideal option. It comes with a patented design, which makes the teeth-cleaning process a lot easier. The maker of the brush has adopted a scientific approach, so this brush will make your teeth become whiter and cleaner.
Also, the three-sided brush head reduces soreness, plaque, and bleeding risks in gum. The toothbrush can treat the top, front, and back parts of your teeth at the same time. The head of the brush is designed to perfectly clean all the crannies of the oral part, thereby eliminating the risk of diseases like gingivitis.
7. Oral-B Smart 4 4000N
Mayur N. Pandya, clinical director at Together Dental Group, recommended Oral-B’s “excellent all-round” 4000N model as a less expensive electric toothbrush. “It’s a great piece of kit for the price. It has pressure control, and it gently whitens your teeth by removing surface stains. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, and connects to the Oral-B app, so it can alert you to any problem areas you might be missing.” Pandya says this would be a good option to start with before investing in a more expensive model. “Versus a manual toothbrush, this model, with its round head, will improve the health of your gums in 30 days.”
8. Philips Sonicare HX6321/02
Quite a number of kids use braces to correct the way their teeth are aligned. The choice power toothbrush for kids with teeth enhancement is Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush .
It runs on the same sonic technology as any other Sonicare toothbrush that makes thousands of revolutions. It also has the easy start where you can slow the sonic revolutions. The multiple revolutions send ripples through crevices including the space between braces and your teeth for an effective clean.
9. Curaprox Hydronsonic Pro Sonic
If you’re struggling with braces, implants or sensitive gums, this toothbrush has been designed with you in mind. It comes with three different brush heads, including one especially for gums, while seven cleaning modes make reaching every nook and cranny a breeze. It’s a tad noisy and the battery life could be better, but it cleans well with an attractive, modern design that our testers rated highly.
10. Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
For those who have never tried an electric toothbrush before and are thinking of making the switch, products like the Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean really do tick all the right boxes. It’s never a good idea to spend a fortune if you don’t first know exactly what you want and need – the Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean making an absolutely ideal introduction to the world of electric brushing.
The fact that there is only one setting keeps things nice and simple. The manufacturer has gone with an all-round daily cleaning mode, which is perfectly suitable for the vast majority of people. With approximately 7,600 oscillations per minute, it is powerful enough to get the job done, but at the same time gentle enough to avoid harming sensitive teeth and gums. Just one standard brush head is included in the box, but you can always swap this for any number of others from across the compatible range. Buy a selection, try them out and find out which one works best for you, without having to spend a fortune.
How to choose best electric toothbrush for braces
Most of the standard brush heads provided with an electric toothbrush will work with braces.
Oral-B’s 3D White and FlossAction are exceptions to this rule.
Oral-B have a specialised brush head, the ortho head, which is designed to clean effectively around dental fittings.
It is optional whether you use this, if you opt for an Oral-B brush but one to bear in mind.
This is really a must of any electric toothbrush but with a brace it is of the uppermost importance to brush for the right amount of time.
A timer and pacer, sometimes known as a quadpacer, will guide you through cleaning the sections of the mouth for an equal amount of time for a balanced clean.
Too many people brush their teeth too hard. Bristles need only skim the surface of the teeth.
The result over time can be gum recession, but with a brace this can mean damage to the fixings and wires so carefully placed.
Those brushes with a pressure sensor built in will alert you when brushing too hard, to allow you to resolve the issue, keep your mouth in the best condition possible and avoid unnecessary trips for repairs to a brace.
As it is best to brush more regularly when wearing a brace, it is likely you will need to take you brush with you more frequently, be this to work, to school, to a friends house or simply out and about.
A travel case can really assist in not only protecting the brush handle and heads when being carried around but avoid accidental activation too.
Some cases are better than others, with some allowing the brush to be charged in the case, but most offer basic protection and storage for up to 2 heads.
Often overlooked or not seen as all that important, as generally left on the charging stand when not in use, for those with a brace, the situation is a bit different.
You might find you are brushing more regularly or for longer, thus the advertised battery life is more important, because the increased use means less time between charges.
Most electric toothbrushes now come with a 2 week battery life based on 2 cleans per day lasting 2 minutes. However, there are still some that are shorter or conversely much longer than this.
Clean your teeth 3 times a day and a 2 week battery life soon drops to about 10 days rather than 14.
Certainly not a must have, but if investing in a new electric toothbrush, something to consider perhaps.
The Bluetooth connectivity and the supporting apps allow you to log your clean, set target areas and much much more.
The app’s primary goal is to educate and encourage better cleaning and is a little like having a dentist watching over your clean.
If you are going to spend more time cleaning your teeth, best to do it right?!
Not all brushes offer all of these features but many offer a number of them. We will highlight where features are missing in our explanations of the selected brushes below.
If by wearing a brace you are more susceptible to plaque formation, gum disease and poorer oral health, it seems only logical to take advantage of the electric toothbrush which has been proven to offer significant benefits over a manual brush.
Up to 100% more plaque removal is the claim many of the electric toothbrush manufacturers.
100% improvement is pretty significant and perhaps a little hard to believe. Studies of theirs have found such to be true, but a perhaps fairer, yet still incredibly impressive result is the 21% less plaque after 3 months use research group Cochrane found from their research.