Best Electric Toothbrush For Braces 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Oral-B Brush Head Cleaning 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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Oral-B Pro 2 2000
  • Slim handle & good grip
  • Built-in timer helps you brush the teeth evenly & for the correct amount of time
  • Pressure sensor reduces the chances of doing damage to the teeth & gums
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Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
  • 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 Smart 4 4000
  • 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 AI
  • Real-time brush tracking & feedback
  • Built-in timer helps you brush the teeth evenly & for the correct amount 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. Oral-B Pro 2 2000

Short review: A fantastic electric toothbrush, the Pro 2 2000 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.

You get 2 cleaning modes, daily clean and sensitive.

It does not have Bluetooth connectivity, nor can it be charged whilst in its travel case.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Oral-B Pro 2 2000 69 Reviews $ 79.00

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 with a dark blue, pink or black rubber grip on the handle. It is however only with the black gripped handle that a travel case comes provided.

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

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 2000 Review

  • What we like
    • Design
    • Battery life
    • Travel case
    • Pressure sensor
  • What we dislike
    • Battery status  

2. Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100

Short review: 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 2 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
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 - Navy Blue Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 - Navy Blue 33 Reviews $ 169.00

This 5100 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 unnecessary 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 5100 even alerts you when it is time to replace your brush head for a new one.

A rechargeable battery is sealed inside the handle 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 5100 Review.

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

3. Oral-B Smart 4 4000

Short review: The Smart 4 4000 from Oral-B offers a little more than your regular electric toothbrush.

It is much like the Pro 2 2000 listed above, but it actually has a few more features.

You get a 3D White and Floss Action brush head included, but best avoid these if you have fixed braces. Stick with the default CrossAction brush head, or you could pick up the optional ‘ortho’ head.

The slim handled brush is comfortable to hold and comes in just 1 colour option, white.

You get 3 cleaning modes, daily clean, sensitive and whitening.

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

A pressure sensor will light up red to alert you if you are brushing with too much force.

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.

2 weeks battery life is possible between charges and you do get a built in timer and pacer.

There are a couple of variants, 1 with and 1 without a travel case. Try if possible to get the one with a travel case included.

Read our full Oral-B Smart 4 4000 Review.

You can buy the Smart 4 here from Shaver Shop or here from Chemist Direct.

  • What we like
    • Design
    • Battery life
    • Pressure sensor
    • Bluetooth connectivity
  • What we dislike
    • Not easy to tell which cleaning mode is selected

4. Oral-B Genius AI

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 AI 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 Smart 4 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 2000, 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.

You get all the best technology with the Genius.

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 2 colour options.

What makes the Genius AI 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 AI is one of the more expensive options.

Read our full Oral-B Genius AI Review.

You can buy the Genius AI from Shaver Shop.

  • 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 $400 this brush is ridiculously expensive in comparison to the other options available.

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

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 10 Reviews $ 398.00

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.

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

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?

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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 30+ minutes after eating.  Don’t worry if you don’t brush after every meal, but try and form a routine if you can.

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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 not the best approach, water flossers are a much easier product to use and can save a lot of time and effort.  

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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.

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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.

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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 Philips Sonicare tootbhrushes with braces

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 Care Essentials Heads Oral-B Ortho Care Essentials Heads 2,721 Reviews $ 27.93

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.

Oral-B Ortho replacement toothbrush head

Desirable features of an electric toothbrush for braces

Just $25 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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