360 electric toothbrushes: what is this new technology worth ?

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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 buy yours and place a lot of hope and expectations in this model, you should take the time to understand what 360 toothbrushes are. You will be able to understand how they allow you to keep a good oral hygiene by taking care of your teeth and gums. 

Here is a guide to learn more about the new 360 electric toothbrush technology.     

What is a 360 electric toothbrush?

The 360 electric toothbrush is also called a mouthpiece toothbrush or mouthguard toothbrush because of its shape and design. It is a smart toothbrush that is used like a mouthguard you would need for soccer, the U-shaped brush covers all your teeth at once with many 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. It allows you to put good pressure on your teeth while brushing.

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. It has multiple brush heads and is rechargeable.

However, 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 electric toothbrush 360

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 design, it has a high fashion side with its patterns in relief. The refill base is also often provided with it. Moreover, it has a small size which allows the maintenance of the toothpaste in the spout. It has not only one mode of sonic vibration but several modes: soft, normal and intensive depending on your dental sensitivity. The vibrations are, however, quite weak. The Y-Brush is a fast and particularly splash-proof toothbrush. It is possible to use a single handle for several toothbrushes.

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 it).

What are the pros and cons of 360 electric toothbrushes ?

Should you buy this type of toothbrush? It really depends on each person, but more importantly, on the benefits you can get from it.

The 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.

  • It works with a timer that tells you when the brushing time is over.
  • It often comes with a storage case so you can take it anywhere.

The disadvantages of a 360 toothbrush

  • They do not 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, tooth decay or stuck food;

  • Many models charge via the USB port rather than the typical bathroom wall outlet.

  • In summary, a good sonic or oscillating toothbrush does most of the work, while your 360 toothbrush adds a little whitening and catches anything you missed.

  • Combined with mouthwash, flossing and brushing, a 360 toothbrush adds another round of dental cleaning.

How does a 360 toothbrush work ?

It's a strange feeling, but one that won't be completely unfamiliar to those who have had braces or worn a mouthguard for sports.

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 of 360 toothbrushes 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 need to 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.  

We hope this guide has helped you understand what a 360 electric toothbrush is. We hope that you have understood the specifics of the different electric toothbrushes and that the sonic toothbrush is a very good option. You now have many reasons to be tempted by this type of toothbrush. However, it is important to use it properly as we have indicated.   

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