04.What to look for
Rechargeable battery Half the toothbrushes trialled have a built-in rechargeable battery pack that you can recharge from its own AC adaptor.
Charge level display Shows when you should recharge your toothbrush – useful if you take your brush away on holiday or regularly unplug your charger.
Speed Different speeds easily accessed from the front of the brush can make it easier to choose your preference.
Brush head container Useful for families or couples who want to use their own brush heads to compensate for a soft, medium or hard brush head preference.
Range of heads Choosing a brush with a range of heads can help you give the best brush possible, with possible interdental, tongue cleaning and teeth brightening recently marketed.
Are they suitable?
Are electric toothbrushes suitable for people with:
Perhaps. Brushing is very important if you have bands on so an electric brush could help here, as long as you don’t dislodge the wires or brackets. The Australian Dental Association recommends discussing it with your orthodontist as it’s usually decided on a case-by-case basis.
Electric brushes can be useful for cleaning properly, particularly if you also have poor manual dexterity.
A recent survey found rotation oscillation powered brushes were well-suited to cleaning implanted teeth, but still discuss your individual situation with your dentist.
Not sustainable – not recommended
The Colgate 360 Microsonic has a head that cannot be replaced, meaning you will have to replace the whole toothbrush four times a year – not a particularly sustainable practice. We included this model in our trial, but decided to exclude it from our results table. Given that our trialists also felt it was poor at cleaning their teeth, we would recommend giving it a miss.