Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to toothbrushes.
Some prefer electric while others shy away from them for many different reasons.
Which, though, is the best for a whitest, brightest, cleanest smile: Electric or manual brushes?
Regardless of which type of brush you use, brushing your teeth in general is very important. However, because most people either brush too hard, too softly, and/or don’t brush long or thoroughly enough to be considered healthy for their teeth, this is one good advantage to electric toothbrushes.
Electric brushes ensure that the right amount of pressure is applied and that the motion of the bristles is moving in a proper manner while cleaning the teeth, though, it’s still up to the user on how long they will use the brush for.
As for manual brushes, the user has to be more consistent in the way they apply pressure, the motion that they use, as well as how long they brush.
It’s no secret that electric toothbrushes are more expensive than traditional, manual brushes. Electric brushes typically costs $50-200, depending on the model and brand, whereas you can buy a manual brush for around $1-5, usually $2 on average.
However, this doesn’t mean manual brushes are per say the better investment. If you change your toothbrush every month, you’re looking to spend approximately $24 a year on brushes.
If you buy a, say, $50 electric brush, this is a brush likely to last you many years. Looking three years into the future, you’ve spent $72 on manual brushes versus $50 on an electric brush.
This, though, does not include the cost of any additional attachments you may purchase for the electric brush. As well as this, it’s important to mention that dentists usually give you a complementary toothbrush after every cleaning, two a year if you receive a cleaning biannually.
So really, the costs are about the same, that is, if you were to purchase a cheaper-end electric brush versus buying a manual toothbrush for every month of the year. However, electric brushes are more expensive in the short run.
Extra spending costs should be considered for electric brush users in case the electric brush breaks from overuse, is damaged, or has some specific type of technical difficulty.
Really it comes down to how well the user can manually brush their teeth and how much of an investment the user is willing to put into their brush at a single point in time.
Those who brush too hard or too soft, or aren’t sure how to properly brush their teeth would do much better with an electric brush. Cost the user is willing to spend is of course really important too.
It should also be mentioned that electric brushes either require batteries or must be charged, so that can add up to the cost and time in which the user can again use their brush, but with a manual brush, you can use it whenever.
Overall, there really isn’t a better type of brush. Some dentists will say electric is best, however, one who can properly and consistently use a manual brush versus one who uses an electric brush, it’s really about the same. It’s all about preference and what works best for you.