Do You Prefer Manual or Electric Toothbrushes?

Mar 01, 2016

Our last blog took us on a trip down memory lane as we looked back on a few of the great toothpaste commercial jingles from decades ago. Today’s blog is keeping us in our modern techy times as we look at which toothbrushes are best for cosmetic dentistry: manual or electric.

Comparing Manual and Electric Toothbrushes

There are many advantages to brushing your teeth. In fact, when it comes to general hygiene, both types of toothbrushes are great at getting the job done. However, cosmetic dentistry is more of a niche style that can benefit from different types of brushes for different desired effects.

Manual Toothbrushes

The manual toothbrush should always have soft bristles in order to best preserve the nutrients that naturally help teeth thrive. This type of toothbrush is great for people with cosmetic dental appliances, such as

  • Plastic veneers
  • Composite veneers
  • Porcelain veneers (although, this type is able to withstand an electric toothbrush, too.)
  • Invisalign trays
  • Braces

We recommend using a manual toothbrush if any of these are applicable to you because you are in more control of the movements of the brush. The less abrasive movements of a manual brush keep the impact low, abrasions minimal, and the cleaning above par.

Electric Toothbrushes

The new-age electric toothbrushes are great tools for those who have all natural teeth and are looking to add that spit-fire shine. This type of toothbrush is best for:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gummy smile

These types of cosmetic dentistry issues can be fixed with a simple treatment at Lifetime Smiles. Since there are no additional appliances adhered to the teeth, there is no reason not to use an electric toothbrush.

Does It Really Make a Difference?

As electric toothbrushes continue to develop, we’ve found that they can be used in place of manual toothbrushes for people undergoing cosmetic dentistry treatments; however, it’s worth double checking your personal scenario with Dr. A before moving forward. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your cosmetic dentistry questions in Austin.

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