Pros & Cons of Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes

Pros & Cons of Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes
Posted on 02/10/2017

When you think of the word “toothbrush” you probably pictures a regular, manual toothbrush. This common tool designed to brush the teeth has been around for ages. However, as technology improved, electric toothbrushes came to be a very popular alternative to the traditional, manual style toothbrushes. So is an electric toothbrush better than the regular type? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each and find out, shall we?

Manual Toothbrush


  • Does a great job cleaning the teeth: When proper brushing techniques are used, a manual toothbrush can do an excellent job of cleaning the teeth in just 2 minutes.
  • Many choices in styles: Manual toothbrushes come in many styles with different angled bristles and heads and a multitude of colors and designs.
  • Very portable: It is very simple to travel with a manual toothbrush as it takes up very little room and requires no charging stand or electric outlets to use.
  • No batteries and nothing to charge: This is self-explanatory. :)
  • Cheap to buy: For just a dollar or two, you can purchase a manual toothbrush without busting your budget.


  • Requires more effort: Since there are no batteries present to power the toothbrush, using a manual brush requires a bit more work.
  • No timer: Manual toothbrushes require you estimate how long your brushing session will last.

Electric Toothbrush


  • Ease of use: It is super easy to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush as you just turn it on, hold the brush at an angle and let it do the work.
  • Great results: An electric toothbrush does a very good job of cleaning the teeth.
  • Fun for kids to use: Children enjoy brushing their teeth with electric toothbrushes, making this type of toothbrush a good choice for any child who finds it a chore to clean their teeth with a regular toothbrush.
  • No guessing: Electric toothbrushes come with timers that stop the brush after two minutes are up so you never have to guess how long you’ve been brushing.


  • Must be Charged: You will either have to charge your toothbrush or switch batteries.
  • More Expensive: Electric toothbrushes cost significantly more than manual toothbrushes.
  • Not so Portable: Electric toothbrushes don’t travel as well as their manual counterparts as you must take along the charger and be sure you have a source of electricity to charge it.
  • Breaks Easily: An electric toothbrush can break easily if it’s dropped, requiring more care on your part when using it.

A Message from Dr. Howell

Your Enterprise, Ozark and Dothan orthodontist, Dr. Howell, would like to inform his patients that it doesn’t matter what type of toothbrush you use. What does matter is that you do an excellent job of brushing your teeth several times a day, being sure you’re brushing all the tooth surfaces and down along the gumline.

Contact Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

If you are interested in improving your smile with braces, we welcome you to our practice! We offer high quality, individualized orthodontic care to patients living in and around Enterprise, Dothan, Ozark and Eufaula, AL. Just request an appointment today at any one of our three office locations to meet with Dr. Howell. We look forward to seeing your smile soon!

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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