With the seemingly endless array of toothbrushes on the market it can be hard to know what’s right for you. Between electric, sonic, ultrasonic… sometimes it seems simpler to stick to a regular manual toothbrush and call it a day. But is that really the best for your teeth?
Electric, Sonic, Ultrasonic - What Does it Mean?
Manual vs. Electric
The classic manual toothbrush is the simplest and best known type, consisting of a long handle and topped off with a head of bristles at one end. These toothbrushes can be made from various materials and have different types of heads, some with tongue scrapers on the back or different bristle sizes for reaching around your teeth. This type of toothbrush hasn’t had many improvements since its advent, relying overall on the brusher using it correctly to get the job done.
Once you step up your toothbrush game the next model up is the classic electric toothbrush. This is essentially a battery-powered manual toothbrush, with the mechanism simply moving the head and bristles up and down in a fast rhythm. This can be a good option as it doesn’t require you to do the manual brushing actions, but aside from that they don’t have many benefits over the basic manual model.
Ultrasonic vs. Sonic
When looking at electric-powered toothbrushes you’re better off investing in a sonic or ultrasonic toothbrush, as these have additional features which have been proven to give you a deeper, better clean. Despite both of these being overall more effective than regular electric toothbrushes, the functions of sonic and ultrasonic toothbrushes are different.
Ultrasonic toothbrushes use very high frequency vibrations known as ultrasound to clean the surface of the teeth. This feature, despite being at the forefront of brushing technology, can be difficult to use correctly as it relies on the brusher exerting the correct amount of pressure so as not to damage the surface enamel on the teeth. Not many toothbrushes are made with ultrasonic technology as there are excellent sonic alternatives on the market at a lower cost.
Sonic toothbrushes are very popular and also use high frequency vibrations, but these move the bristles themselves to create vibrations which give better coverage, getting into harder to reach areas in the mouth. They also agitate liquids between the teeth to give a secondary type of cleaning using fluid dynamics, which means they have cleaning properties beyond simply scrubbing at the tooth surface. If you would like to try a sonic toothbrush out without breaking the bank, shop our range of Sonisk Pulse Sonic toothbrushes for only £9.99. Our electric sonic toothbrushes not only use 31,000 strokes per minute to give you the thoroughly clean sonic experience, but are also portable, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy on the go.