Insufficient evidence to conclude that orthodontic patients derive benefits from using power toothbrushes Critical Summary Prepared by: Greg Huang DMD, MSD, MPH 

A Critical Summary of:

Meta-analysis on the effectiveness of powered toothbrushes for orthodontic patients

Kaklamanos EG, Kalfas S. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2008;133(2):187 e1-14

Published Date: 3/21/2010

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-


  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    The current evidence is insufficient to demonstrate the superiority of power toothbrushes to manual toothbrushes in reducing gingivitis in orthodontic patients.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    This systematic review identified five randomized trials, only one of which demonstrated that power toothbrushes were significantly more effective than manual toothbrushes in reducing gingivitis in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.

  • Evidence Quality Rating:


Rate This Critical Summary

Information in the above "Rate the Critical Summary" box is used by the administrators of this Website to gauge the usefulness of Critical Summaries and make improvements to the program. If you have comments specific to this critical summary and would like to contact the editors, please  Send a Letter to the Editor


Letter to the Editor