Will Using an Electric Toothbrush Help My Teeth Stay Whiter for Longer?

If you have just invested in having your teeth whitened at the Smile Studio in London, then you’re probably pretty interested in ways of helping them stay whiter for longer. One of the questions frequently asked by Dr Wyman Chan‘s patients is whether or not an electric toothbrush will be more effective at prolonging the effects of teeth whitening in London. There are certainly plenty on the market, but they can be quite a substantial investment to make, so are they really worth the money?

Certainly some people may find them easier to use, especially if they have limited movement in their hands. They can be an absolute godsend for people who find it more difficult to grip objects, and who find it awkward to manipulate a manual toothbrush. Even though many people do find their teeth feel a lot cleaner after using an electric toothbrush, there’s a little long-term research into the actual dental health benefits.

The Cochrane report in 2009 did find toothbrushes that had an oscillating action could be more effective at removing plaque bacteria compared to manual toothbrushes, but concluded the long-term benefits on oral health are unclear. An earlier report in 2003 by the Cochrane Oral Health Group found using electric toothbrushes with an oscillating action could result in less incidences of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, but it also found using a manual toothbrush correctly could be equally as effective.

Electrically powered toothbrushes have been around for decades, and can be electric or sonic. Electric toothbrushes are designed to replicate the motion of the hand, so they helped do the work for you. The bristles on the brush are designed to either move back and forth or to rotate, and will rotate between 3,000 and 7,500 motions a minute. Sonic toothbrushes have a vibrating motion of between 30,000 and 40,000 strokes per minute. To put things into perspective someone using a traditional toothbrush will achieve around 300 strokes a minute which is obviously considerably less.

Some people simply don’t like the action of an electric toothbrush, and they can require a little bit of getting used to. Most dentists think it’s down to technique as to whether or not teeth are cleaned effectively, and to simply using the right type of toothbrush and not brushing too hard. It’s possible to buy whitening toothbrushes that are either manual or electric, so the choice is largely down to personal preference and whether or not you want to invest in an electric toothbrush.

Regardless of the type of brush chosen, it is better to choose a brush head that has softer bristles as this is less likely to damage the gums. When a whitening toothbrush head is used in conjunction with whitening toothpaste and perhaps a whitening rinse, this should be enough to help prolong the effects of tooth whitening in London. In addition Dr Chan or another dentist at the Smile Studio in London will have given all patients instructions on when they can safely use the custom-made whitening trays or the Get2Smile system to give their smile a boost. The truth is that although brushing teeth correctly can help remove some of the surface stains, and may help teeth appear a little whiter for longer, they will eventually darken as now whitening treatment is permanent. It’s far more important to brush teeth correctly for good oral health.