When it comes to brushing your teeth, self-discipline ultimately determines whether you'll consistently put in the time needed to keep those choppers healthy. For those of us who could use a little encouragement to keep brushing past the one-minute mark, experts say electric toothbrushes are worth the investment. They're also good for folks who have restricted use of their hands or arms, and for children who might be motivated to brush longer with a fun-to-use electric brush.
If you do choose to go electric, be prepared to make a financial commitment. Even the cheapest brushes, such as the Arm & Hammer SpinBrush Pro (*Est. $9) will require battery replacement and new brush heads at regular intervals. Rechargeable electric toothbrushes are more convenient, and you can still get one like the Oral-B Vitality (*Est. $18) without spending much. The best electric toothbrushes, like the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 4000 (*Est. $125) and the Sonicare FlexCare (*Est. $140), require a much more substantial investment up front, but they're also much more feature-laden. You can read more about what experts and consumers have to say regarding the current crop of powered toothbrishes, as well as key elements to consider, in our newly-updated report. Your pearly whites will thank you.