Best Electric Toothbrush For Braces 2019

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 83940)

best electric toothbrush for braces

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.

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Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300
  • Slim & simple to use toothbrush
  • Great battery life – minimum of 2 weeks
  • Reminds you when you need to replace the brush head
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Oral-B Pro 2 2500
  • Slim handle & good grip
  • Built-in timer helps you brush the teeth evenly & for the correct amont of time
  • Pressure sensor reduces the chances of doing damage to the teeth & gums
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Oral-B Teen
  • Slim handle & good grip
  • Pressure sensor reduces the chances of doing damage to the teeth & gums
  • Bluetooth enabled for pairing with smartphone app
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Oral-B Genius X
  • Real-time brush tracking & feedback
  • Built-in timer helps you brush the teeth evenly & for the correct amont of time
  • Pressure sensor reduces the chances of doing damage to the teeth & gums
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Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
  • Premium & stylish toothbrush
  • Reminds you when you need to replace the brush head
  • Travel case with USB cable for convenient charging
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Our Top 5 Picks For Best Electric Toothbrush For Braces

As I explain in our buyer’s guide below, whilst you do not have to, the best choice is to go for a brush from one of the market leaders, be that Sonicare or Oral-B.

I have reviewed many of the brushes from these manufacturers, and it’s safe to say they make fine brushes.

Here are my top 5 electric toothbrushes recommendations for braces wearers with an explanation of and why I chose each.

1. Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300

Short review: The 4300 is the best toothbrush for braces.

It is not the cheapest electric toothbrush you could buy, but it is far from the most expensive and blends essential features with small innovations that make this a winner.

The brush handle looks and feels premium and comes in a number of colour options.

Supplied in the box is a travel case, which allows you to take the handle and 2 brush heads with you wherever you go, but ensuring they remain protected.

Preview Product Rating Price
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 366 Reviews £139.99 £49.99

This 4300 benefits from the exceptional cleaning technology that Sonicare offer, meaning debris, bacteria and plaque will be effectively removed from the teeth, gumline and the surfaces of the brace.

If you brush too hard, you will be alerted by the built in pressure sensor, to stop you doing unecessary damage to your teeth and gums.

The built in timer and pacer ensure you brush evenly and for the dentist recommended time and thanks to special BrushSync technology, the 4300 even alerts you when it is time to replace your brush head for a new one.

A rechargeable battery is built in and offers a good few weeks of battery life, so you need not have to be worried about keeping this topped up.

Read our full Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Review.

  • What we like
    • Design
    • Battery life
    • Travel case
    • Brush head replacement reminder
  • What we dislike
    • Price – not the cheapest

2. Oral-B Pro 2 2500

Short review: 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.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Oral-B Pro 2 2500 7,048 Reviews £79.99 £30.00

But, the lack of these features does not affect the cleaning performance and keeps the price at a level which is obtainable for most.

Built into the water resistant handle is a rechargeable battery that lasts 2 weeks between charges.

It is available in a lesser number of colours than some other models, but the Black/White and the Pink/White options should suffice for most.

The travel case is basic but functional holding the handle and up to 2 brush heads.

It comes with either a CrossAction or 3D White brush head (subject to colour option) so you may want to invest in some spares or extras.

This is an excellent brush that gives you what you need and not lots of things you don’t.

Read our full Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Review

  • What we like
    • Design
    • Battery life
    • Travel case
    • Pressure sensor
  • What we dislike
    • Battery status
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3. Oral-B Teen

Short review: The Oral-B Teen has really been designed with brace wearers in mind, particularly as braces are most prevalent amongst teenagers.

The Oral-B Teen is much like the Pro 2 2500 I listed above, however it actually has a few more features.

For a start it comes with a ‘Ortho’ brush head in the box.  Whilst not essential for brace wearers, it has been specifically engineered to clean around the fixtures of traditional fixed braces.

What is also benefits from is Bluetooth connectivity.

Far from essential, this connectivity allows for the tracking of cleaning habits and performance for review at any point.

The app can make brushing more fun, but it also gives help to the user picking up on areas of potential improvement in their brushing and oral care routine.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Teen Electric Toothbrush Oral-B Teen Electric Toothbrush 1,270 Reviews £79.99 £37.99

Sadly no travel case comes provided in the box.

It does have several cleaning modes.  Although not essential they can be useful, but the lack of cleaning mode icons on the handle make it tricky to know which mode you have actually got selected.

The small round brush head provides a great clean, helped by the powerful motor.

A slim handle it comes in black or white with a bit more funky pattern on the rubber grip.

2 weeks battery life is possible between charges and you do get a built in timer and pacer as well as a pressure sensor to alert you when brushing with too much force.

Read our full Oral-B Teen Review.

  • What we like
    • Design
    • Battery life
    • Pressure sensor
    • Bluetooth connectivity
  • What we dislike
    • No travel case
    • Not easy to tell which cleaning mode is selected

4. Oral-B Genius X

Short review: Oral-B’s most capable electric toothbrush, this is the most feature rich and capable toothbrush the company offers.

The small round brush head provides a superb clean to the teeth.

The Genius X has all of the essential features like a 2 minute timer, pacer and pressure sensor, but it boasts a lot more too.

6 cleaning modes are available from the brush and unlike the Oral-B Teen it is much easier to see and know which mode you have selected.

Comfortable to hold in hand, it is a bit chunkier than the Pro 2 2500 and Teen, without offering an extended battery life.  2 weeks is the usage time between charges.

But, perhaps making up for this is the travel case that comes supplied.

A premium case it allows the brush to be charged inside, when using a proprietary power adapter that comes in the box.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Genius X Oral-B Genius X 745 Reviews £339.99 £120.00

Premium this brush is so you get all the best technology.

A coloured ring around the top of the brush handle can be selected 1 of 12 colours from the smartphone app, and the handle itself is available in 3 colour options.

What makes the Genius X particularly special is the Artificial Intelligence is uses.

Sensors in the brush handle track the exact position of the toothbrush as you use it and relays it back to the smartphone app.

In real time you can see how well your brushing and what areas of the mouth need more attention, allowing you to achieve the highest levels of oral hygiene.

The artificial intelligence is not perfect, but still exceptionally impressive.  The real downside is that the Genius X is one of the more expensive options.

Read our full Oral-B Genius X Review.

  • What we like
    • 6 cleaning modes
    • Pressure sensor
    • Travel case
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Artificial intelligence
  • What we dislike
    • Travel case power connection
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Price

5. Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Short review: Quite frankly this is the best electric toothbrush you could have for cleaning your teeth, in my opinion.  But there is a problem – price.

Whilst we appreciate innovation comes at a cost, at around £360 this brush is ridiculously expensive in comparison to the other options available, when considering the actual selling price rather than RRP.

I love this brush and it would be my number 1 choice if it was not for the cost.

Preview Product Rating Price
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush 96 Reviews £209.99

If money is not an issue and you want the ultimate, go for it. But for the vast majority, you can come away with a lot more money left in your wallet if you opt for the other recommendations.

Even if you do have the funds, it would have been nice to have a few extra brush heads in the box.

The brush cleans superbly and finding fault is really quite tricky.

It looks and feels every bit as premium as its price tag.

The DiamondClean Smart has 5 cleaning modes, can automatically detect the brush head fitted and change the mode to best suit that head.

It will alert you when you need to replace the brush head also.

The battery life is top notch at 3 weeks and the travel case has a built in USB cable for recharging on the go.

Read our full Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Review

  • What we like
    • 5 cleaning modes
    • Battery life
    • Travel case
    • Pressure sensor
    • Bluetooth connectivity
  • What we dislike
    • Price
    • Box contents

Buyer’s Guide

Can you use an electric toothbrush with braces?

Yes.

This is a very common question to ask, and why I include it before my best toothbrush for braces recommendations, but I wish to confirm you can use an electric toothbrush with braces.

Manual brushes are fine also, but electric toothbrushes have a whole array of benefits.

If you want to take advantage of these benefits, which is the best electric toothbrush for braces?

Why is brushing and flossing so important for braces?

Thorough cleaning is especially important for people undergoing orthodontic treatment as the brace wires can catch on food and encourage the accumulation of plaque. Braces can make you susceptible to a range of conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis.

Brushing and flossing should take place after every meal, ideally 45-60 minutes after eating.  Don’t worry if you don’t brush after every meal, but try and form a routine if you can.

When wearing braces, you increase the amount of surface available for bacteria and plaque to stick to. You also increase the number of places food can get stuck.

Sadly, more plaque means that you are at higher risk of decay. Even though very early stages are reversed, meaning you do not need fillings, you could be left with white marks on your teeth when the braces are removed, if you have not been cleaning well enough.

By brushing regularly you reduce the chances of staining or other oral health issues.

Even when you do not wear a brace, some 35-40% of the tooth surface is missed with regular brushing.  This is why flossing is advised, in reaches in those tight gaps between teeth, cleaning the areas normal brushing simply has not reached.

This is not the easiest when you have braces.  Although the best approach, water flossers are a much easier product to use and can save a lot of time and effort.  Take a look at our best water flossers for braces article, as one of these could be a great accompanying product to an electric toothbrush.

Electric Toothbrushes are the ultimate choice for braces

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.

Leading brands Sonicare and Oral-B have products suitable for those with braces, but how do their brushes work and compare when it comes to cleaning a brace.

Is there such a thing as an ‘orthodontic electric toothbrush’?

If you’re a braces wearer, something else you may be wondering is whether there is an electric toothbrush specifically for braces, an ‘orthodontic electric toothbrush’, if you will.

The answer is; no, not exactly. 

However, Oral-B does make a brush head for braces — the Ortho head (view it here on Amazon) — which we talk about in more detail below, and both Oral-B and Sonicare offer electric toothbrushes that are perfectly suitable for use with braces. Read on to find out more about each.

How to use a Sonicare toothbrush with braces

Sonicare produce and excellent array of brushes and it is their DiamondClean that is our chosen brush when it comes to cleaning your teeth whilst wearing a brace.

Out of the box, the included heads just work and you need not adapt your brushing style.

The following video shows a Sonicare brush in action and how you should clean your teeth.

How to use an Oral-B toothbrush with braces

Just like Sonicare, Oral-B brushes work out of the box with braces, although it should be noted that the 3D White and FlossAction brush heads supplied with some models or sold separately should not be used with braces.

Their smaller round brush heads are the preference for some and can certainly be a little easier to get in smaller, hard to reach areas.

Unlike Sonicare, though, they do offer a specialist brush head.  You do not have to use it, but it has been specifically designed to achieve the best results when used on a brace.

It is called the Ortho brush head – view it here on Amazon.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Ortho Brush Head Oral-B Ortho Brush Head 1,270 Reviews £10.99 £7.49

Inner bristles focus on the brace attachment to the tooth whilst outer bristles focus on the exposed tooth surface, the gumline and in between teeth.

Here is a video of it in action.

Desirable features of an electric toothbrush for braces

Just £10 could get you an electric toothbrush that in principle is capable of cleaning your teeth and braces fairly well, but spending more and taking a more planned approach to your decision would be better.

As a general rule the more you spend the better the brushes features and how well it cleans, but there comes a point when you get a diminishing return, so it is not just about spending the most.

We have put together a comprehensive guide to the best electric toothbrush that explains all the different features of an electric toothbrush and what you need consider, but to save you reading all of that, here is a summary of the important features we feel you need consider when choosing an electric toothbrush to be used with braces.

  • Brush heads

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.

  • Timer/pacer

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.

  • Pressure sensor

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.

  • Travel case

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.

  • Battery life

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.

  • Bluetooth connectivity

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.

Your opinions

Do you use an electric toothbrush with brace? If so, what tips and tricks can you share?

If you are a braces wearer and you’re thinking of buying a brush, let me know if you’ve got any questions by leaving a comment below.

Jon Love

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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14 thoughts on “Best Electric Toothbrush For Braces 2019”

  1. Hi
    I have had braces in for 5 months and use oral b electric toothbrush with orthodontic head (I feel the orthodontic head doesn’t have enough bristles to clean effectively but the ratings on amazon don’t reflect this!)
    I also use the most powerful cordless water flosser, and still finding it hard to keep my teeth as clean as I would like them to be, they look discourored around the base of each tooth.
    My question to you is.. which gives a more superior clean around the braces, Sonicare diamond clean vs oral b’s orthodontic head?
    Would love a comparison of these 2 in particular.
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hi Abi,

      I do not have nor know of any clinical studies that really compare these brush heads in a way that can provide meaningful results and explanation as to which is better.

      Everyone can have an opinion, but you want the hard facts, which sadly we are not in a position to offer.

      Both Sonicare and Oral-B do a lot of research and these products would not really exist and be as popular as they are if they did not work.

      You might not feel that the brush is cleaning as well as you would like, but it probably is doing a very good job.

      I am presuming you have fixed braces based on what you say and I am also presuming you have regular checkups with your orthodontist.

      Normally they would tell you if you are not cleaning well enough, but at your next visit, do ask as they can make an assessment there and then and tell you if you are indeed brushing to the standards needing to maintain good oral health. I suspect you are.

      As for the tooth looking discoloured, this is most likely down to the light and the way it reflects on the tooth, rather than actual discoloration. Do consider that if wearing metal braces, the top of the tooth is in the shadow of the brace and the dark metals will adjust the way light shines and potentially make it look darker.

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      • Hi
        I wasn’t looking for any clinal trial evidence as you have mentioned in your just an ordinary guy with a dog 🙂
        Just wanted your view on the comparison of these two as it seems like you have provided a lot of good advice on Your article and I was looking to purchase a different brush.
        Thank for the reply tho.
        Abi

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        • Hi Abi.

          Ahh apologies if I misunderstood what you wanted.🤔

          I don’t wear braces. I did previously (prior to founding the site) so can’t give current and accurate first hand opinion.

          I have no reason to believe that the additional bristles or shape of the Sonicare head will be better for you, so I can’t really suggest changing brushes would be worthwhile.

          Oral-B actually comes out top in the clinical tests for normal teeth brushing.

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  2. Hi,
    I just had my braces fitted today (Damon) and I never used an electric toothbrush before.
    I find some toothbrushes a bit expensive and I’m not sure what to do or buy.
    Should I continue with manual or buy electric?
    Even the manual flossing looks like hard work and I’m thinking to buy the air flosser.
    Any advice for me?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Adina, thanks for the comment.

      The decision is personal, you don’t need to spend a fortune on an electric toothbrush, but you could continue to use a manual brush. I think you will find electric easier.

      As a more cost effective option that what is mentioned in the article, you could look at the Oral-B Pro 2000 and then purchase the Oral-B Ortho brush heads to go with it. This will set you back around £30-£40. Which is a lot less than some options.

      An air flosser is a great option when you have braces, but I would also consider using inter-dental brushes too. It is essential to make sure you are doing all you can to clean your teeth properly when wearing braces to avoid any issue later.

      Reply
      • Hi,
        Thanks for your reply.
        I’ve just bought the Phillips Sonicare Airfloss Pro. I fitted my braces last weekend and it hurts when I floss. After having a good read on your website I decided to go for Phillips. Looks easier to use and doesn’t require much space and is kind of cordless.
        Once I get used to having braces I’ll go for what you have reccomended.

        Adina

        Reply
        • Great Adina.

          Once you have used the Airfloss Pro, please do let me know what you think of it. Always great to have other peoples feedback.

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          • Hi,

            The Phillips AirFloss Pro is really pro. Easy to use, the baterry lasts forever and now after having the top braces on is even harder to brush and the flosser gives me a better clean feel and my ortho said it’s a good investment.

            Reply
  3. Hi!

    At the “Best Electric Toothbrush For Braces” section, you mention that “for an affordable brush with a sensitive cleaning mode, consider The Oral-B Pro 2000 […] The sensitive setting provides the perfect clean for anyone suffering from brace pain. ” I am a bit confused as I know that Pro 2000 has only 2 cleaning modes: Daily Clean and Gum Care. Starting from Oral-B Pro 3000, the 3rd cleaning mode: sensitive is added.
    Please confirm if Pro 2000 is ok to be used for braces.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hi Cristina, You are right, this is an error on our part. We will have this updated. The 2000 can be used with braces, no problem. Might want to consider the Ortho head.

      Reply
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