When it comes to innovation, there's something new for tooth brushing.
After the democratization of electric toothbrushes, it is now the turn of 360 toothbrushes to flood the dental care market.
Before you get yours and place a lot of hope and expectations in this model, you should take the time to understand what 360 toothbrushes are.
What is a 360 electric toothbrush?
360 toothbrushes are also called mouthpiece toothbrushes or mouthguard toothbrushes because of their shape and design. Like a mouthguard you would need for soccer, the U-shaped brush covers all your teeth at once with multiple bristles. The idea is to save time and keep your hands free. Instead of brushing your teeth and focusing on cleaning tooth by tooth, you clean everything at once.
That's the promise of these new 360 electric toothbrushes! A deep cleaning without effort ? However, this type of toothbrush is used for micro-cleaning and whitening of teeth, not to replace your daily brushing, but to complete a deep cleaning.
In any case, keep in mind that no 360 electric toothbrush has yet proven to be sufficient on its own. So you need to keep up a habit of brushing your teeth with a manual or traditional electric toothbrush.
The different types of 360 electric toothbrushes:
Although this technology is still new on the market, there are various versions of these toothbrushes and no doubt other types will be developed in the future.
The 360 Sonic Toothbrush:
Very designer, it has a high fashion feel with its embossed patterns. The recharge base is also often provided with it. Moreover, it has a small size which allows the maintenance of the toothpaste in the spout. The vibrations are, however, quite low.
LewisCare 360 Toothbrush:
This is a version that promises to whiten your teeth and adds a blue light. It vibrates more than the others and cleans the surface, but not the spaces between the teeth. A possible option if you use whitening toothpastes (avoid the charcoal in them).
What are the pros and cons of 360 electric toothbrushes?
Should you buy this type of toothbrush? It really depends on the individual, but mostly on the benefits you can get from it.
Benefits of a 360 toothbrush:
- It adds another opportunity to clean your teeth after your regular brushing;
- It can help whiten your teeth;
- It fits over braces, making them easier to clean;
- You have your hands free while using it;
- It doesn't take much extra time;
- Your teeth get more brushing time (up to 45 seconds on each tooth versus a second or two when you go tooth by tooth with a regular brush);
- Some models can be cut if they are too big to fit in your mouth.
The disadvantages of a 360 toothbrush:
- They don't replace regular brushing, so you double the time spent in the bathroom;
- They can't reach hard-to-reach areas;
- One size does not always fit all, it may not reach the molars in the back of the mouth;
- It doesn't allow you to focus on each tooth as you clean it and notice problems, cavities or stuck food;
- Many models charge via the USB port rather than the typical bathroom wall outlet.
In short, a good sonic or oscillating toothbrush does most of the work, while your 360 toothbrush adds a little whitening and catches everything you missed.
Combined with mouthwash, flossing and brushing, a 360 toothbrush adds another layer of dental cleaning.
How does a 360 toothbrush work?
It's a strange sensation, but one that won't be completely unfamiliar to those who have had braces or worn a sports mouthguard.
Most 360 toothbrushes are one size fits all, so if they don't fit, you don't have many options available to you.
Using a 360 toothbrush is simple:
1) Attach the mouthpiece to the base;
2) Add toothpaste around the entire mouthpiece to make sure it touches all your teeth;
3) Place the brush in your mouth so it covers all your teeth, top and bottom;
4) Turn on the brush and hold it for about 45 seconds, or as long as the manufacturer says;
5) Turn it off (inside your mouth so it doesn't squirt) and rinse the device and your mouth.
Different models have slightly different operating methods: some come with a toothpaste compartment that automatically spreads into the brush when you turn it on. Also be aware that you should clean and dry the mouthpiece completely before charging it. Unlike a regular toothbrush with a head that you rinse under the tap and shake dry, you have a multitude of bristles to clean.