Brushing our teeth is a chore comparable to washing the dishes. We do it because we have to, because we know that if we don’t, it’ll lead to disarray, stench, and no one wanting to come hang out at our place.
Unlike clean dishes, however, clean, healthy teeth yield long-lasting benefits and pats on the back from the dental hygienist. But for real results, sometimes you have to call in the big guns: electric toothbrushes. While they don’t run cheap, these fancy-ass tools really work… and the new versions of them look better on your bathroom counter than ever before.
For the sensitivity-prone to the tech-savvy gadget lover, we’ve rounded up the best electric toothbrushes to fit your needs and make the routine act a bit more exciting.
“Yes, I’ve been brushing my teeth twice a day for my entire life, but it’s this toothbrush that has truly changed the game for me,” said Lexy Lebsack, R29 West Coast Beauty Editor. “My boyfriend and I both have one and we’re obsessed: The timer makes it foolproof, the toothpaste is minty and amazing, and my teeth have never felt so clean.”
Quip Electric Set, $40, available at Quip.
For lightening-fast whitening while brushing, the Sonic Blue is the play. The brush literally beams a brightening blue light laser onto your teeth as you brush, making you feel as though you’re using a toothbrush of the future. The kit also comes with a whitening gel, which works with the light to remove set-in stains from the enamel. Oh, and it holds a charge for up to three weeks. What more could you want?
Go Smile On The Go Sonic Blue Teeth Whitening Kit, $79, available at Go Smile.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, $199, available at Amazon.
This is the brush for the electric toothbrush newbie. It’s durable, which means you don’t need a replacement every few months, has a two-minute timer that shuts off automatically, and keeps plaque away like the best of ’em.
Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control, $49.99, available at Amazon.
If you’re prone to falling asleep without giving your mouth a good clean, you might want to invest in one of these colorful brushes — you can sign up for text alerts that’ll send three reminders to your phone each day telling you to brush. And shockingly, about 30% of people are consistent once-a-day brushers, so there’s definitely a market for it.
Goby Brush Kit, $50, available at Goby.
The combination of high-intensity pulsations and nonabrasive, nonporous silicone bristles works to clean sensitive teeth and gums without any sort of irritation. Better still, if you’re accustomed to the lawn mower engine in the average electric toothbrush, this low-buzzing brush will seem silent in comparison.
Foreo Issa Toothbrush, $199, available at Sephora.
This old-school brush is as close as you’re going to get to the actual polishing tool used in the dentist’s office. The round, pointed brush head rotates a full 360 degrees, instead of simple back and forth oscillation or vibration. Because the tip is pointed, it allows for extra-deep cleaning along the gum line, where plaque and buildup accumulate the most. It also works well at getting the in-between areas of the teeth — perfect for those with braces. And while it is pricy, it comes with a lifetime warranty, meaning you’ll have clean teeth for life.
Rotadent ProCare Contour Rechargeable Toothbrush, $124, available at Smilox.
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