Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to find the best sonic toothbrush in 2019. Here we present you all sonic toothbrushes tested by us. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best sonic toothbrush for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. You’ll also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a sonic toothbrush.

The most important in brief

  • Sonic toothbrushes allow you to clean your teeth more thoroughly and effectively than with a conventional manual toothbrush.
  • Basically, there are entry-level models, mid-range models and premium models. They have different extra functions and designs.
  • Brushes with sound are suitable for everyone. For people with gum problems, braces and children.

The 7 best Sonic Toothbrushes to buy in 2019

1st place: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean sonic toothbrush

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric sonic toothbrush can be described as a premium model. It is a device with numerous extra functions.

Below you’ll learn how our editors rate the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. In addition, we have simplified the buyer’s testimonials on the Internet for you. This gives you an overview of the most important strengths and weaknesses of the product.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 31,000 movements per minute and a battery life of three weeks, it is in the upper third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is particularly practical when the brush is used by several people. The long battery life is also pleasant when travelling.

In addition, the device has a charge level indicator, which indicates the state of charge of the battery.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Sonicare DiamondClean has several extra features such as 5 cleaning programs, a 2-minute timer, a 4-quadrant timer, an Easy-Start function and an innovative charging station.

This sonic toothbrush has five cleaning programs. The Clean setting is suitable for daily and comprehensive cleaning of teeth. For sensitive teeth and gums, there is a Sensitive setting that cleans teeth thoroughly but gently. White mode lasts 30 seconds longer and removes stains by polishing the front teeth. The gums are also taken into account in the GumCare setting as the Mode provides gum massage by gently stimulating the gums. With the one-minute polish mode, the front teeth are whitened by polishing.

In addition, the DiamondClean has two timer functions, which are particularly helpful in dental care. When the optimum cleaning time of two minutes is reached, the toothbrush switches off automatically. Meanwhile, the 4-quadrant timer indicates every 30 seconds when the jaw quadrant can be changed.

The Easy-Start function offers beginners a pleasant introduction to brushing with an electric toothbrush. During the first 14 applications, the intensity of the vibrations is gradually increased.

This device also includes a charging glass as a charging station. You place the DiamondClean toothbrush in the glass and it is charged via induction. After brushing your teeth, you can use the charging glass for rinsing.

In addition, there is a travel charging case, which you can connect directly to a power outlet to charge your sonic toothbrush or to your laptop via USB. The travel case also has space for two brushes, which is ideal for two users.

The DiamondClean does not have an extra brush holder.

Suitability for children

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is not a pure children’s sonic toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not suitable for small children’s hands. Also the brush heads are too big for children. However, there are children’s attachable brushes for children that are also compatible with this and other Philips sonic toothbrushes.

Customer Reviews

Around 80% of reviewers gave Philips Sonicare DiamondClean a positive four- or five-star rating.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • Particularly clean tooth feeling
  • practical charger
  • Discoloration disappears
  • long-lasting battery

At this point, we would like to emphasize the particularly clean mouthfeel that many users report about. In addition, users find the long battery life and the travel case extremely practical.

About 15% rate the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean with only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following points of criticism:

expensive replacement brushes
no brush marking
Since this is a premium model in this case, the replacement brushes are correspondingly more expensive. Furthermore, there is no colour marking of the brushes to distinguish them. However, the brushes can be marked with a permanent marker.

FAQ

Can water touch the Sonicare DiamondClean or will it cause damage?

According to the instructions, the brush should not be used in the shower or bathtub.

Can the DiamondClean also be charged by other charging stations?

No, the manufacturer recommends to charge the brush only with the enclosed charging glass.

How long does it take to fully charge the DiamondClean?

The charging time is approximately twelve hours.

2nd place: Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Platinum sonic toothbrush

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Platinum electric sonic toothbrush can be described as a premium model. It is a device with many extra functions.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 31,000 movements per minute and a battery life of three weeks, it is in the upper third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is particularly practical when the brush is used by several people. The long battery life is also pleasant when travelling.

In addition, the device has a charge level indicator, which indicates the state of charge of the battery.

Cleaning programs / Timer function / Travel case / Brush holder

The Sonicare FlexCare+ Platinum has several extra features, such as three cleaning programs with three different intensity levels, a 2-minute timer, a 4-quadrant timer, an Easy-Start function and a pressure sensor.

This sonic toothbrush has three cleaning programs. The Clean setting is suitable for daily and comprehensive cleaning of teeth. To clean hard-to-reach areas better, there is the Deep Clean mode. The White mode removes stains by polishing the front teeth. Depending on your personal preferences, you can set the intensity of the cleaning program to low, medium or high.

In addition, the FlexCare+ has two timer functions, which are particularly helpful in dental care. When the optimum cleaning time of two minutes is reached, the toothbrush switches off automatically. Meanwhile, the 4-quadrant timer shows every 30 seconds when the jaw quadrant can be changed.

The Easy-Start function offers beginners a pleasant introduction to brushing with an electric toothbrush. During the first 14 applications, the intensity of the vibrations is gradually increased.

In addition, the FlexCare+ toothbrush with its built-in pressure sensor ensures that you don’t press too hard when brushing. The handpiece of the brush vibrates gently to signal you when you need to brush softer.

There’s also a travel case to carry your sonic toothbrush safely and conveniently.

A special feature is the UV disinfection unit. The brush head is placed in the cleaning device, which can sustainably reduce germs on the brush head within ten minutes due to UV rays.

Suitability for children

The Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ is not a pure children’s acoustic toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not adapted for small children’s hands. The brush heads are also too big for children. However, there are Philips child attachment brushes that are also compatible with this and other Philips sonic toothbrushes.

Customer Reviews

Around 78% of reviewers gave Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Platinum a positive four- or five-star rating.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • UV cleaning station
  • clean cleaning result
  • long-lasting battery

At this point, we would like to emphasize the particularly clean mouth feeling that many users report about. In addition, users find the long battery life and the UV cleaning station extremely practical.

About 15% rate the Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Platinum with only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following point of criticism:

  • Device defect

Users indicate that the device stopped working after a few months. In this case, the sonic toothbrush can be replaced within the warranty period.

FAQ

Can the charging station be mounted on the wall?

No, the charging station cannot be screwed to the wall.

How many attachable brushes fit into the UV cleaning unit?

2 brush heads can be placed in the cleaning unit.

Can all compatible brush heads be disinfected in the UV cleaning station?

Yes, all brush heads compatible with FlexCare+ can be cleaned in the disinfection station.

3rd place: Panasonic EW1031 sonic toothbrush

The Panasonic EW1031 electric sonic toothbrush can be described as an entry-level model. It is a device with standard equipment and only a few extras. But it shines with a good price-performance ratio.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 26,000 movements per minute and a battery life of one week, it is rather in the lower third of all sonic toothbrushes.

Nevertheless, this can be sufficient for your dental care, because not only the performance is important for a healthy dental care, but also other factors, such as brush cleaning, length of brushing etc..

According to Panasonic, this electric toothbrush can also remove any plaque.

If you use the sonic toothbrush primarily at home, the one-week charge shouldn’t be a problem. The battery life is only unfavourable during long journeys with rare power connections.

There’s also no charge indicator, so you don’t know how much battery the brush has left and when it needs to be recharged. The manufacturer recommends a battery charging time of 15 hours.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Panasonic EW1031 has no extra features except for a brush holder that is perfect for drying your brush head.

This sonic toothbrush has a cleaning mode, which in most cases is perfectly sufficient. When cleaning, be careful not to exert too much pressure. The advantage of this toothbrush, however, is that all Panasonic brush attachments are compatible with the EW1031. You’ll be more flexible and can find the best brush for you.

The Panasonic brush doesn’t have a timer function, which is actually one of the most helpful functions. Instead, you can get an hourglass for brushing your teeth or set a timer with your phone.

There’s no travel case from Panasonic, but when you’re traveling, you can pack your sonic toothbrush with all its accessories in a protected case or cosmetic bag and stow it carefully.

As mentioned earlier, the Panasonic EW1031 has a handy brush holder. You can either place a second brush on it when two people use the toothbrush, or remove the brush after each brush and let it dry on the holder. This way there is no smearing on the handpiece and the device is easier to clean.

Suitability for children

The Panasonic EW1031 is not a pure children’s sonic toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not adapted for small children’s hands. However, Panasonic offers replacement toothbrushes in child size. So your children can also benefit from sound technology.

Customer Reviews

Around 73% of reviewers gave the Panasonic EW1031 a positive rating of four or five stars.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • good price-performance ratio
  • easy handling
  • contactless cleaning device
  • Cleaning of the interdental spaces
  • Attachment for children
  • beautiful tooth feeling

We would like to emphasize the good price-performance ratio, because the brush is in contrast to other toothbrushes with sound very affordable and also the replacement brushes are very cheap with 3-4 € per brush. Furthermore, many report a particularly clean cleaning result and a pleasant tooth feeling.

Only 18% rate the Panasonic EW1031 with only one or two stars.

They mostly name the following points of criticism:

  • no charge level indicator
  • no timer

Since there is no charge level indicator, the exact battery level cannot be assessed. It can be assumed, however, that if only one person is using the brush, it should be charged once a week. The timer function is also missing, but it can be replaced by other possibilities.

FAQ

Is the battery replaceable?

No, the battery cannot be replaced.

Can the charging station be mounted on the wall?

Yes, that is possible.

4th place: Philips Sonicare For Kids sonic toothbrush

The Philips Sonicare For Kids electric sonic toothbrush is a pure children’s sonic toothbrush. It has a number of extra features that provide an extensive cleaning experience.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 31,000 movements per minute and a battery life of three weeks, it is in the upper third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Philips Sonicare For Kids achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in its cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is especially practical when the brush is used by several children. The long battery life is also pleasant when travelling.

In addition, the device has a charge level indicator, which indicates the charge status of the battery.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Philips Sonicare For Kids has numerous additional functions, such as two cleaning programs, a KidTimer and a KidPacer.

This sonic toothbrush has two cleaning programs and two intensity levels. There is a lower level for children four years and older and a higher level for children seven years and older.

The KidTimer corresponds to a 2-minute timer, which helps children to maintain the recommended cleaning time.

With the KidPacer, your child is signaled by music tones when he or she needs to change the cleaning area, similar to a 4-quadrant timer.

However, the device does not have a brush holder.

Suitability for children

The Philips Sonicare For Kids is a pure children’s sonic toothbrush and suitable for children thanks to the small brush head and a handpiece suitable for children’s hands.

To make the electric toothbrush more attractive for children, several stickers with different motifs are included.

Customer Reviews

Around 90% of reviewers gave Philips Sonicare For Kids a positive four- or five-star rating.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • Enjoy brushing your teeth
  • appealing stickers
  • good self-control

At this point we would like to emphasize the fun of brushing the teeth for the children. Many parents report that their children refused to brush before. Due to the attractive design and the increased self-control by KidTimer and KidPacer, the treasures now also enjoy dental hygiene.

Only 6% of the Philips Sonicare For Kids rated only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following point of criticism:

  • Brush quickly broken

Since children often drop devices, it is possible that the sonic toothbrush suffers as well.

FAQ

Is the sonic toothbrush for children also available in other colours?

Philips Sonicare For Kids is only available in blue and white, but there are 10 sticker designs that can be stuck to the brush.

What is the difference to an adult sonic toothbrush?

The difference is primarily the size of the hand piece and brush head. These are adapted to small children’s hands.

Is it possible to charge Sonicare for children in the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean loading glass?

No, charging in another charging station is not possible.

Does the Philips Sonicare For Kids contain Naphtalin in the handle?

Whether the Sonicare For Kids handle contains Naphtalin must be checked with the manufacturer.

5th place: Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite sonic toothbrush HX6711/22

The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite electric sonic toothbrush can be described as a mid-range model. It is a device with some extra functions.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 31,000 movements per minute and a battery life of three weeks, it is in the upper third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is particularly practical when the brush is used by several people. The long battery life is also pleasant when travelling.

In addition, the device has a charge level indicator, which indicates the state of charge of the battery.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Sonicare HealthyWhite has several extra functions, such as 2 cleaning programs, a 2-minute timer, a 4-quadrant timer and an Easy Start function.

This sonic toothbrush has two cleaning programs. The Clean setting is suitable for daily and comprehensive cleaning of teeth. The White mode lasts 30 seconds longer and removes stains by polishing the front teeth.

In addition, the HealthyWhite has two timer functions, which are particularly helpful in dental care. The 2-minute timer signals when the optimum cleaning time has been reached. Meanwhile, the 4-quadrant timer indicates every 30 seconds when the jaw quadrant can be changed.

The device also has a practical brush holder. Two brushes can be placed on it. Thus, there is no smearing on the handpiece and the device is easier to clean.

The Easy-Start function offers newcomers a convenient introduction to brushing with an electric toothbrush. During the first 14 applications, the intensity of the vibrations is gradually increased.

The HealthyWhite does not have a travel case, but it can be purchased separately.

Suitability for children

The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite is not a pure children’s sonic toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not suitable for small children’s hands. The brush heads are also too big for children. However, there are children’s attachable brushes for children that are also compatible with this and other Philips sonic toothbrushes.

Customer Reviews

Around 61% of reviewers gave Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite a positive four- or five-star rating.

Buyers repeatedly praise the following:

  • clean mouthfeel
  • Discoloration disappears
  • Gentle on the gums
  • suitable for braces

At this point, we would like to emphasize the particularly clean mouthfeel that many users report about. In addition, the HealthyWhite should also remove any plaque from braces and is also pleasant for sensitive gums.

About 35% rate the Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite with only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following point of criticism:

  • Device defect

Users report battery problems and defects that occur after a few months. If this is the case with you, it is possible to exchange the sonic toothbrush within the warranty period.

FAQ

Is the handpiece compatible with the child attachments?

Yes, they are compatible.

Can water touch the Sonicare HealthyWhite or will it cause damage?

The sonic toothbrush is splash-proof and can be rinsed under water without difficulty. However, it should not be under water for long periods of time.

Can the charging station be mounted on the wall?

No, this is not possible.

6th place: Panasonic EW-DL82 sonic toothbrush

The Panasonic EW-DL82 electric sonic toothbrush has a number of extra functions that ensure a comprehensive cleaning experience. This is a premium appliance, which also shines with a good price-performance ratio.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With its cleaning performance of 31,000 movements per minute and a battery life of three weeks, it is in the upper third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Panasonic EW-DL82 achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is particularly practical when the brush is used by several people. The long battery life is also pleasant when travelling.

In addition, the device has a charging indicator light, which indicates the state of charge of the battery.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Panasonic EW-DL82 has numerous additional functions, such as two cleaning programs, a 2-minute timer with 30-second intervals, a 4-in-1 brush, a soft-start function, a pressure control and a travel case.

This toothbrush with sound has two cleaning programs or two intensity levels. On the one hand the setting White, which should also reduce stubborn discolorations, and on the other hand the setting Soft, which cleans particularly gently.

The Soft-Start function ensures a pleasantly gentle start during the White mode, i.e. the maximum vibration frequency is reached after 2 seconds.

The Panasonic EW-DL82 has a pressure control feature that tells you when you’re cleaning too hard so you don’t exert too much pressure when cleaning.

There’s also a 2-minute timer that will show you with a brief interruption when the 2-minute cleaning time is reached. Meanwhile, a signal appears every 30 seconds to tell you to change the jaw quadrant.

A travel case is also included with this device, which is extremely useful when travelling.

The 4-in-1 brush has longer bristles at the ends, the middle bristles are bevelled and the sides have micro-fine bristles. There is also a tongue cleaner on the back of the brush to remove bacterial deposits.

For the Panasonic EW-DL82, however, all other Panasonic brush heads are compatible. So you’re flexible and can find the best brush for you.

The device also has a practical brush holder. You can either place a second brush on it when two people use the toothbrush, or remove the brush head after each brush and let it dry on the holder. This means that there is no smearing on the handpiece and the device is easier to clean.

Suitability for children

The Panasonic EW-DL82 is not a pure children’s sound toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not adapted for small children’s hands. However, Panasonic offers replacement toothbrushes in child size. So your kids can also benefit from the sound technology.

Customer Reviews

Around 67% of reviewers gave the Panasonic EW-DL82 a positive rating of four or five stars.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • low volume
  • long battery life
  • good price-performance ratio
  • small, handy handpiece

We would like to emphasize the good price-performance ratio, because the brush is in contrast to other toothbrushes with sound very affordable and also the replacement brushes are very cheap with 3-4 € per brush. Furthermore, many report that despite the high oscillation frequency, the volume of the buzzing is very low compared to other brushes.

Only 18% rate the Panasonic EW-DL82 with only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following points of criticism:

  • Adapters for German sockets

Some users complained that the device is not compatible with German sockets. Usually a suitable adapter is sent along, although there are also reports that no adapter was sent along. However, if you are convinced by the Panasonic EW-DL82, you can buy a suitable adapter at the DIY store.

FAQ

How do you notice the 30-second timer?

After 30, 60, and 90 seconds, there is a short interruption of vibration. After 2 minutes there are three short interruptions. Then the vibrations continue for the users who want to continue cleaning.

Can the toothbrush be left in the charger?

Yes, this is possible, but the plug should not remain plugged in continuously. This can damage the battery.

How does the charging indicator light work?

The lamp lights up green when the sonic toothbrush is fully charged. A red light indicates that the battery is weak or empty.

7th place: Grundig Clean White Plus sonic toothbrush

The Grundig Clean White Plus electric sonic toothbrush has a number of extra functions that ensure a thorough cleaning experience. This is a mid-range appliance which also offers a good price-performance ratio.

Editorial Assessment

Performance / Battery life

With a cleaning power of 37,000 vibrations per minute and a battery life of two weeks, it is in the top third of all sonic toothbrushes.

The Grundig Clean White Plus achieves a very high vibration frequency and is therefore highly effective in cleaning performance.

Thanks to its long service life, this electric sonic toothbrush is particularly practical when the brush is used by several people. The long battery life is also an advantage when travelling.

However, the device does not have a charge level indicator.

Cleaning programs / timer function / travel case / brush holder

The Grundig Clean White Plus has several additional functions, such as three cleaning programs, a 2-minute timer and several special attachments.

This toothbrush with sound has three cleaning programs or three intensity levels. For example, there is the Low setting for gentle tooth cleaning, the High setting for special efficiency and a Massage setting.

There is also a 2-minute timer that stops the vibration after 2 minutes of cleaning time.

In addition to 3 brush heads, 3 special attachments are also included. These include a tongue and cheek cleaner, a dental floss holder and an interdental attachment, which are intended to ensure extensive oral hygiene.

The device also has a practical brush holder. It can accommodate 6 brush heads. Therefore, this device is especially useful for a large family, because the holders do not cause any smearing on the handpiece and the device is easier to clean.

Suitability for children

The Grundig Clean White Plus is not a pure children’s acoustic toothbrush, as the handpiece is relatively large and is not suitable for small children’s hands. However, the brush heads are very small and therefore suitable for children.

Customer Reviews

Around 69% of the reviewers gave the Grundig Clean White Plus a positive rating of four or five stars.

The buyers praise the following again and again:

  • good value for money
  • small brush heads
  • cheap replacement brushes

We would like to emphasize the good price-performance ratio, because the brush is in contrast to other toothbrushes with sound very affordable and also the replacement brushes are very cheap with 2-3 € per brush. Furthermore, many report that the small brush heads are ideal for hard-to-reach places in the mouth.

Only 23% rate the Grundig Clean White Plus with only one or two stars.

They usually mention the following point of criticism:

  • Battery problems

Users stated that the device’s battery stopped working after a few months. If this is also the case with you, the device can be returned within the warranty period.

Guide: Questions to consider before purchasing a sonic toothbrush

What are the advantages of a sonic toothbrush over a rotating oscillating toothbrush or an ultrasonic toothbrush?

The biggest advantage of a sonic toothbrush over an electric toothbrush is the higher cleaning power, as it achieves more vibrations per minute. It therefore removes even more plaque and caries-forming bacteria, which cleans and protects your teeth.

An ultrasonic toothbrush can vibrate even more than a sonic toothbrush, but you need a special toothpaste, which is usually more expensive than conventional toothpastes.

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Did you know that a sonic toothbrush can reach up to 31,000 vibrations per minute?

This makes the mouth feel better than other toothbrushes, and discoloration can be reasonably removed. Furthermore, you don’t necessarily have to brush slowly to get a good result and it is considered the perfect prevention of tartar.

What are the general advantages and disadvantages of electric toothbrushes compared to manual toothbrushes?

Advantages
  • Smaller brush heads
  • More thorough cleaning
  • Helpful additional services
Disadvantages
  • Usually more expensive
  • Manufacture or disposal of the electrical appliance pollutes the environment

What additional services do toothbrushes with sound technology offer?

Some devices offer you extras to help you make your teeth shine even more. Especially if you wear braces, suffer from sensitive gums or are looking for a good toothbrush for your child, there are additional services such as an oral shower, interdental care, UV cleaning station and many more.

If you don’t have any problems with your teeth or gums, you probably won’t need the extras. If, however, you attach a lot of importance to your oral hygiene, there are a few extra services that you might want to consider.

Sonic toothbrush for gum problems

If you have gum problems, such as sensitive gums, gum recession, paradentitis or bleeding gums, thorough but gentle dental care is very important.

A sonic toothbrush is particularly suitable in this case, since it achieves a high cleaning effect with the particularly fast bristle vibrations. Together with toothpaste, foam waves are also produced which clean even inaccessible gum pockets. This eliminates all the more bacteria that are usually the cause of problems with the gums.

One cause of gum problems can be a vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is very important in maintaining bones and teeth and supports wound healing.

At the same time, this type of electric toothbrush protects your gums. Unlike manual or rotary toothbrushes, sonic toothbrushes do not require pressure. It is therefore particularly gentle and gentle.

In addition, some manufacturers offer additional extras, such as oral showers, interdental care, UV cleaning station to keep the number of bacteria in the mouth as low as possible. In addition, we recommend other oral care products with oral showers or tongue cleaners.

Sonic toothbrush for dental braces

Whether removable or fixed. If you wear braces, proper dental care is all the more important.

If you have removable braces, the best way to clean them is with toothpaste and a medium-hard strength manual toothbrush. However, it is best to clean your teeth with a sonic toothbrush so that your teeth are as clean as possible before you insert the braces.

Especially if you wear fixed braces, it is important to clean them properly with your teeth. When brushing, the first thing you need to do is flush out the food leftovers that collect between the wires and the brackets. Then the area between the bracket and the gums must be cleaned. Either with a medium-hard toothbrush or even better with a sonic toothbrush.

Extras such as an interdental attachment or a mouth shower would also be worthwhile for you, because they help you to rinse out even stuck food remains.

Sonic toothbrush for children

If you want to have beautiful and healthy teeth, you have to take care of good dental hygiene as a child.

Sonic toothbrushes are not only worthwhile for adults, but also for children with milk teeth. Some manufacturers offer special equipment for children. The children’s models have smaller and shorter brush heads and are therefore perfectly adapted to the small children’s teeth. The children’s toothbrushes can be used from the age of 4.

Under no circumstances should the sonic toothbrush of the parents also be used with the children.

What does a sonic toothbrush cost?

From the inexpensive entry-level model to the premium class, everything is represented with sonic toothbrushes. The more extra functions the toothbrush has, the more expensive it is.

A good sonic toothbrush does not necessarily have to be expensive. Already from 40€ there are recommendable devices to buy. If you don’t need any additional services, a cheaper device may be enough for you.

However, if certain extras seem important and useful to you, it is certainly not a bad idea to use them. By the more extensive dental care, you save possibly even dentist costs.

Type Price Range
starter version from 40$
middle class 50-100$
premium class ab 100$

Where can I buy a sonic toothbrush?

Electric sonic toothbrushes can be bought in many places. You can find them in drugstores, electrical stores and some supermarkets. Above all, the Internet offers you many possibilities to find the right toothbrush for you at the best price.

According to our research, most toothbrushes with sound are sold on the following websites:

  • Amazon
  • Media Markt
  • ideal
  • Conrad
  • Saturn

How does a sonic toothbrush work?

All sonic toothbrushes are driven by an electric transducer, either magnetic or piezoelectric. The operating mode of all sonic toothbrushes is the battery.

Thus brush head movements with a frequency of 250 to 300 Hertz are reached and the teeth are cleaned all the better by the particularly fast oscillations of the bristles.

How do I clean with a sonic toothbrush?

If you have never brushed your teeth with an electric toothbrush before, you will notice that it takes a little getting used to at first. However, if you pay attention to a few things, it won’t be a problem to switch to the more efficient alternative.

The following tips should be followed when cleaning with a sonic toothbrush to achieve the best possible result:

  • Just a dash of toothpaste
  • Switch on electric toothbrush only in mouth
  • Distribute toothpaste in the mouth before switching on the brush.
  • Do not exert pressure
  • “From red to white”
  • Change brush head every three months
  • Cleaning with plan

For brushing your teeth with a sonic toothbrush, a small amount of toothpaste is sufficient, it does not have to be a 3 centimetre long strip, as in advertising. This saves product and money.

Also, it’s best to spread the toothpaste around your mouth before you start. This way you make sure that all your teeth are covered, because once the toothbrush is turned on, it becomes harder to distribute the toothpaste.

You should apply little or no pressure when brushing. This is much gentler on the gums. The sonic toothbrush can best develop its cleaning power if you let it glide over your teeth.

As with manual toothbrushes, you should always brush from red to white, i.e. from the gums to the teeth, preferably in slightly circular movements. This also massages the gums and removes bacteria from the gum line.

Speaking of bacteria. After three months you should replace the brush, as it accumulates more after this time. In addition, the cleaning power of the bristles decreases.

Finally, you should note that you don’t just start cleaning, you have a plan. For example, you can start at the lower teeth. First the outer surface, then the occlusal surfaces and finally the inner side. Then the upper teeth are next. It is best to work on each tooth for 3-4 seconds. The optimal cleaning time is 2-3 minutes.

What are the alternatives to the sonic toothbrush?

In the following we will show you potential alternatives to the sonic toothbrush, but the interdental toothbrush, the single-tuft toothbrush, the tongue cleaner and the dental floss are only a supplement to dental care with a larger toothbrush head.

Alternative Usage
Classic toothbrush The non-electric toothbrush needs more brushing movement, which could injure the gums.
electric toothbrush The electric toothbrush gently cleans teeth, but has less cleaning power than the sonic toothbrush.
interdental toothbrush The pointed brush is suitable for interdental spaces.
single-tuft toothbrush The brush has only a few individual bristles and helps to clean closely spaced teeth.
tongue cleaner The tongue cleaner removes deposits from the tongue.
dental floss Good for cleaning interdental spaces, but complicated to handle.

Decision: What types of sonic toothbrushes are there and which one is right for you?

Basically there are three types of electric toothbrushes.

  • Oscillating rotary toothbrush
  • Electric sonic toothbrush
  • ultrasonic toothbrush

There are also two types with special extras:

  • Sonic toothbrush with mouth shower
  • Sonic toothbrushes with interdental attachment

How does an oscillating rotary toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The oscillating rotary toothbrush is driven by an electric motor and is characterized by the rotating movements of the round brush head.

The brush rotates around its own axis and changes the direction of movement again and again, reaching up to 8,000 rotations per minute. When brushing, a slight pressure should be exerted so that the bristles spread and ideally also reach the areas under the gum line.

Advantages
  • 8.000 Rotations per minute
  • Small round brush head
  • More effective than a manual toothbrush
Disadvantages
  • less cleaning performance than an (ultra)sonic toothbrush

According to studies, the cleaning performance of electric toothbrushes is better than that of manual toothbrushes. However, it requires proper handling and brushing technique.

How does an electric sonic toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The electric sonic toothbrush is an “extension” of the oscillating rotating brush. The brush head of a sonic toothbrush is oval, similar to conventional manual toothbrushes.

Thanks to its sonic technology, the brush moves over an electric sonic transducer with an average of 30,000 to 40,000 movements per minute.

Advantages
  • 30.000 – 40.000 Rotations per minute
  • Oval brush head
  • New sonic technology
  • More effective than rotary brushes
Disadvantages
  • less cleaning performance than ultrasonic toothbrush

This is many times more than with a manual toothbrush or a rotary toothbrush. In this case, the teeth are cleaned by the high number of brush head movements.

How does an ultrasonic toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Ultrasonic toothbrushes can reach up to 1.8 million vibrations. With an electric toothbrush with ultrasound, both a brush head and a swab, similar to a sponge, can be used.

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The difference between a sonic toothbrush and an ultrasonic toothbrush lies in the vibrations generated. The sonic toothbrush works with approx. 30,000 mechanical vibrations per minute. While the ultrasonic toothbrush works with invisible, electromagnetically generated ultrasonic oscillations and thus up to 1.6 million pulses per minute are possible. It is important that these only work with a special toothpaste. This causes small bubbles to burst and the teeth to be cleaned.

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However, a special toothpaste is needed for this because the teeth are cleaned by the antibacterial foam bubbles in the toothpaste by the vibrations of the ultrasound to burst. Since this toothbrush does not work mechanically, unlike the other two electric toothbrushes, it is particularly gentle on teeth and gums.

Advantages
  • 1.8 million movements per minute
  • Oval brush head or swab
  • New ultrasonic technologye
  • More effective than sonic toothbrush
  • Particularly gentle on gums
Disadvantages
  • Special toothpaste required

How does a sonic toothbrush with mouth shower work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A mouthwash also cleans the areas of the mouth that you cannot reach with normal teeth brushing. Although plaque is not completely removed, studies have shown that up to 99% more plaque responsible for periodontitis can be removed.

Advantages
  • Good interdental hygiene
  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for: Braces, patients with periodontal disease
Disadvantages
  • With surcharge associated
  • Interdental brushes mostly more effective
  • Not suitable for: Endocarditis patients

When it comes to oral hygiene, you should always pay attention to the spaces between your teeth. Especially if you have problems with your gums and have a tendency to gum inflammation, a mouth shower can be very helpful.

How do sonic toothbrushes with interdental attachments work and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Another method of cleaning your interdental spaces is electrically operated interdental care.

These are electric toothbrushes that are also equipped with an interdental attachment. With these practical brush attachments you can clean hard-to-reach areas and avoid caries.

Advantages
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Removal of stubborn food residues
  • Suitable for: Braces, patients with periodontal disease
Disadvantages
  • Brush head too large for some areas
  • More elaborate than a mouth shower

However, this interdental attachment is not suitable for everyone. Often the interdental spaces between the front teeth are too small and it is not possible to use a brush. Dental floss should be used instead.

You should also bring some skill if you decide to use this method and the effort is higher than with oral showers.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate sonic toothbrushes based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you what you should pay attention to when buying an electric sonic toothbrush and which factors are important. This will help you find the right sonic toothbrush for you.

All in all, this is:

  • The vibrations per minute
  • The number of cleaning programs
  • The timer function
  • The battery life
  • The Travel Case
  • Toothbrush cleaning
  • Vibrations per minute

Due to the increased oscillation frequency of the sound technology, the sonic toothbrush clearly stands out from the conventional manual toothbrush or the rotating toothbrush.

As already mentioned, a sonic toothbrush is characterized by a very high cleaning performance, as it can reach between 25,000 and 31,000 movements per minute.

But is a sonic toothbrush with 31,000 vibrations better than one with only 25,000?

Of course, the most powerful toothbrush can remove more deposits in less time. However, the cleaning performance also depends on how long and how structured you clean.

Number of cleaning programs

Between 1 and 5 cleaning modes offer different sonic toothbrushes. In all cases there is a standard cleaning mode. Some toothbrushes also have a “sensitive mode” for sensitive teeth and gums. Some premium models also offer three additional cleaning modes, such as polishing, gum stimulation and whitening.

In most cases, one cleaning mode is sufficient. However, if you have sensitive gums, you can also use a toothbrush with a “Sensitive Mode”. The brush head movement is smoother.

The other cleaning modes are a nice bonus, but are not necessary for thorough tooth cleaning. The basic rule is: If you don’t have gum problems, you can get along well with a cleaning program. However, if you like a change in your tooth brushing routine, other cleaning modes are also possible for you.

The timer function

This is a very helpful function for structured tooth brushing. On the one hand, there is the 2-minute timer, which is integrated in most electric toothbrushes. After two minutes, the optimal brushing time, a signal appears, such as a change in vibration. You should orient yourself on this signal.

In the best case you can stop brushing as soon as the signal comes on and you have already worked on all your teeth. If the timer starts before you have brushed all your teeth, you should definitely brush the remaining teeth and you will be able to brush a bit faster the next time.

However, if you are already finished long before the signal comes, you should go through all the teeth again to make sure that all the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned. Next time, be sure to brush a little slower.

The 4-quadrant timer should help to structure your brushing even better. The mouth is divided into four quadrants, i.e. upper left half, upper right half, lower left half and lower right half. The timer tells you to change the quadrant every 30 seconds. This is to ensure that all quadrants are cleaned for the same length.

The 4-quadrant timer is a helpful function for you if you attach great importance to structured tooth brushing. However, it is not absolutely necessary. The 2-minute-timer is sufficient in most cases completely, if it concerns to keep the cleaning time recommended by physicians.

Battery life

When used daily, the battery life of electrically powered toothbrushes with sound varies between 1 and 3 weeks. If you use your toothbrush primarily at home, weekly charging should not be a problem. However, a longer running time is advantageous for longer journeys with infrequent access to electricity.

The battery life doesn’t say anything about the performance of the device, but you should be aware that the longer the toothbrush is not charged, the less power it will have. Whether you choose a device with a longer battery life is up to you.

You should never have electric toothbrushes connected to electricity all the time, otherwise the battery may be damaged.

The Travel Case

If you travel a lot, an electric toothbrush suitable for travelling is very helpful. There is no need for a charging station as the toothbrush can be charged via the travel case. Another advantage of a travel case is that you can also charge the device via a USB cable to a laptop or computer.

A travel case is not a must if you want to use the sonic toothbrush at home. It can definitely be a practical extra for globetrotters.

Toothbrush Cleaning

In order for you to be able to use your sonic toothbrush for a long time and with pleasure, a cleaning of the toothbrush is essential. You can do this in the classic way with rinsing and drying or with an integrated cleaning station.

After brushing your teeth, you should always rinse your brush under running water and, if necessary, remove any trapped food residues. The attachment brush should be removed from the handpiece at least once a week so that the connection can also be cleaned.

Liquid may also flow from the wet brush to the handpiece. This should be rinsed off for hygienic reasons so that the material of the handle is not damaged. To avoid this, some devices have a brush holder, which is highly recommended.

Never put the sonic toothbrush parts and accessories in the dishwasher.

A special cleaning possibility is the UV cleaning station for brush heads. Here the brush is put for 10 minutes into a station with a UV lamp. This is to render certain bacteria harmless.

Interesting facts about dental care and sonic toothbrushes

Which toothpaste should I use?

You can also use your favourite toothpaste with a sonic toothbrush.

If you use sonic toothbrushes to brush your teeth, you don’t need any special toothpaste. Sound technology makes any conventional toothpaste foam.

A special toothpaste is only necessary if you use an ultrasonic toothbrush.

How do I travel with a sonic toothbrush?

Whether you’re in the Australian outback or in a hut in the Alps. You don’t have to do without your sonic toothbrush.

Some manufacturers offer toothbrushes with travel cases that are very handy and easy to store. The charging cables also have a USB cable, so you can charge the toothbrush on a device with a USB port. In addition, the battery life of most sonic toothbrushes is between 1-3 weeks.

Are sonic toothbrushes also available for two people?

If you don’t want to wait until your partner has finished brushing your teeth, there are also offers with two hand parts.

In this case the toothbrush package contains two hand parts which can be used separately but only with one charging station. This version is cheaper than buying two separate brushes.

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Dr. Kim Schreiber

Published by Dr. Kim Schreiber

I'm a specialist in the medical specialty of andrology. I help patients with men's health problems all over the world. This is my life's work. Nobody should struggle with the problems related to impotence. I write on my page about all health-relevant topics and hope to help people to a better life through this way.

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