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==Braun Oral B Professional Care 8900==
This toothbrush is no ordinary toothbrush, it not only cleans your teeth but it offers a full on oral care treatment centre in one package.
I have had this toothbrush for well over a year now and I wasn't really in the market to replace my old one but seeing as the toothbrush set was on a half price offer it seemed rude not to buy it! Sso saving myself loads of money by getting an £88 toothbrush for £44 was a purchase I am pretty happy I made.
The toothbrush comes with a load of accessories and I have to admit that I have really not used these to the best of their ability. Well I probably have used them all once and never bothered again (and to think that was the reason I was so tempted by the brush in the first place).
So for your money what you get is:
The base of the toothbrush
A tongue cleaner
A toothpick style head with several different adaptors
A professional clean brush head
A small toothpick style brush head
And two regular bush heads.
On first use, the toothbrush needs a good overnight charge but once that is done your well on your way to having a Hollywood smile. I find that the charge in my brush is brilliant and I don't have to charge it up more than once a week and again I do this over night so it is ready for me in the morning. You will know when the brush needs recharging because there is a light on the front of the toothbrush which flashes red to indicate charging is needed and this light changes to flashing green whilst charging and then changes again to a solid green light once it has been fully charged. Simples.
There are three different power variations to chose from when brushing your teeth with this Braun 8900 toothbrush and this can at times become rather confusing (for simple people like me). The first push of the silver button on the front of the toothbrush will activate the high powered vibrations which give the "Professional Clean" feeling. I have to admit to pretty much sticking to using this one all the time as the other settings are less powerful and seem somewhat pointless to me. However I guess if you suffer with sensitive teeth from time to time selecting the two presses of the button will give you less vibrations and a more subtle clean that the first setting. I personally don't have sensitive teeth and therefore never use this setting. The third and final setting is selected by pushing the button for three times and this is said to be the "polishing" setting whereupon you can give your teeth the final blast. This setting seems to change and revs up over the course of 5 seconds. Again this is not something I use unless I am having a bit of a pamper and to be honest the three power settings on one button just annoy me and I would have liked to have seen the different settings being given on separate buttons.
The Professional head of the toothbrush that comes with the set is something I have used on a few occasions and found it not a totally pleasurable experience. This brush head differs from the standard brush head by the fact that it has got a yellow rubber section in the middle of the bristles. This is meant to give your teeth an added polish and shine which you just can't get from other brushes. Although I think it does work and does what it claims, I don't find it as comfortable as a standard brush head which is why I have switched back to normal heads all the time. The heads on the brush need replacing about one every 4 months or so. There is a indicator on the bristles of the brush head to show you when a new head is required. The blue colouring of the bristles disappears and you are left with a washed out looking brush head which clearly has seen better days. The brush heads can be pretty pricey to replace when buying them from Boots and such places so it is well worth shopping around or buying online.
The extras which came with the brush I feel are not any good as I don't use them but I will briefly run through them. The tongue cleaner has got to be the strangest one out of the lot and although I have used it twice I don't feel it is a pleasurable experience that I wish to do on a regular basis. The part is easily attached to the main body of the tooth brush by pulling of the brush head and popping the tongue cleaner in its place. Yo then have to turn the brush on to the lower setting and pull the cleaner down the tongue to rid it of any nasty build up. It does work but the vibrations from the brush made me feel ill and thus the reason I have not used it again.
The other accessories I found rather hard to use by which I am referring to the toothpicks and the various different sizes that Braun supply you with. They fit on to the toothbrush just like another brush head buti really can't see how you are meant to use them well when the toothbrush is turned on as this seems pretty dangerous. All my teeth are so tight together that they were really no good at getting between my teeth and for that reason I more or less gave up before giving them a good try out. I think I shall just stick to using the good old dental floss.
The general use of the toothbrush is good though and I have to say that wit the right sort of whitening toothpaste, my teeth look white and shiny all the time. I will often use a professional weekly clean paste which combined with he super turbo power that this brush seems to offer brings my teeth up to a great colour even if I have been drinking too much tea and smoking too many cigarettes. I really would say to those people who still use a manual toothbrush that it is high time you caved in and purchased one of these Braun toothbrushes. This one is fabulous as bringing the teeth up to a white shine and gives far better results than any brush manual brush I used. I have been using electric toothbrushes for many years now and this has got to be the best one I have had. The battery life is amazing and the power is good. The only thing I would say is that all the extras are a waste of time as you really just need a toothbrush that cleans your teeth well, like this one.
I think for all the plus reasons I have given this toothbrush set is well deserving of a 4 out of 5 star rating. The one minus star would have to be because I paid for a lot of extras that I really didn't need or that have no real place in a daily hygiene routine (unless you have hours to spend preening yourself).
I would highly recommend this toothbrush and I just hope that I don't have to buy another one any time soon!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I have been using a Braun electric toothbrush for several years now. I used to be terrified of going to the dentist and hated being at the hygienist. Now I have no fear. A little bit of flossing (using Braun stain tape) and a good cleaning with the Braun electric toothbrush and my teeth are cleaned to perfection. It is now very rare that I even have to have a little scraping done to remove any plaque build up. The cleaning gets done without any damage to the gums as well. I get a gold star from my dentist at every visit now. I tried other electric toothbrushes usually of the supermarket battery driven kind came back to the Braun as being the best as it is more reliable and seems to be more gentle whilst not loosing any effectiveness. It easy to get replacement heads, no matter where you are; which is something which I can't say about other electric toothbrushes.
I love this toothbrush and I really don't go anywhere without it nor go a day without using it!! Having tried and tested the Oral B Triumph which is more than double the price I would say that this toothbrush achieves exactly the same and definitely leaves your teeth feeling super smooth and very clean and sparkly!! I will recommend this toothbrush over any others and I think it's a total bargain especially with all the great freebies you get with it - all those different toothbrush heads and the little flossing thing - it really does clean between the teeth!
Look out for special offers on this toothbrush during the summer period and Christmas you can get really cheap - I bought it for around £50 and that was more than a year ago! Oh and I love the little charger as you can put all your spare toothbrush heads in it - easy to store and it's in 1 place!
I have never owned an electric toothbrush before and had no intentions to either until my dentist told me the benefits of having one, and for me, my teeth are a priority. I searched for hours upon end, browsing multiple models of electric toothbrush, getting confused as to why there were so many and what were the pro's and con's for each one. After going through all the options, the Braun Oral B 8900 stuck out for me for various reasons. The reasons for me purchasing this were:
a) the price was exceptionally good. I didn't want a cheap model but then didn't have all the money in the world either to fork out for the best. The price for this is incredibly cheap for what you get included in the box and how well it works.
b) the various attachments that came with it
c) other people's reviews. Reviews, for me, are one of the first things i look at when buying a product (thats why i enjoy writing them too). I didn't see one bad review out of the hundreds that i observed. Not one.
So after adding all of these together, i decided to take the plunge and buy the toothbrush. The result? The best decision i have ever made. You may be thinking 'This is just a toothbrush, how clean can it make your teeth?' This isn't just a toothbrush, it is a necessity. The first thing i noticed when using the toothbrush is how clean it makes your teeth look and feel. Along with the electric toothbrush itself, comes 2 'Precision Clean' brushheads which effectively clean your teeth, and also get in those hard to reach places along the gumline. The bristles are able to bend and so provide both gentle and thorough brushing. Also included is a 'Sensitive' brushhead which is aimed at people with sensitive teeth. Designed with extra soft bristles, it does the same job as the 'Precision Clean' brushhead. A 'Pro Bright' brushhead (how many times can i say brushhead?) whitens your teeth and an 'Interspace' brushhead gets in to all those places that you may have missed out and are particularly hard to get to. That's the brushheads (last time i'll say that) out the way, there is a tongue freshener which.....freshens and cleans your tongue and interdental cleaners that pick away at any plaque between the gums and teeth. All of this is included in the box! You can store all these attachments into the little storage compartment that comes with the box and where you can place the toothbrush when not in use. I have used every single one and they work exceptionally well. After i had brushed my teeth with the previous attachments, my mouth felt like i had just left the dentist. It was incredible and made me want to smile every single time i had an excuse too.
Built into the toothbrush is a 2 minute timer which is the recommended time dentists suggest you should take to clean your teeth. Every 30 second, the toothbrush vibrates which tells you to move to the next quadrant section of your mouth. There is also 3 different modes: 'Clean' which gives you exceptional mouth cleaning, 'Sensitive' which is designed for sensitive teeth, and 'Polish' which polishes and naturally whitens your teeth. A pressure sensor tells you when you are pressing too hard on your teeth also.
To charge the toothbrush up, you place it on the storage unit, and for a full charge from a flat battery, it should take about 16 hours which provides you with approximately 2 weeks of brushing. This has been one of the best bargains i have ever purchased. My teeth feel so much cleaner and they look exceptionally white. Also, if you are not happy with your purchase (you will be, trust me), they have a 30-Day money back guarantee and the product also include a warranty for 2 years. If you want the best smile in the crows, this is the toothbrush for you. Definately a bargain for the end result.
Braun Oral B8900
When I was a child, I remember asking my mother how old she was, and received the reply, 'As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.'
Well, as someone born in the post-war years, around the time when sugar come off rationing, I hope I can continue to say that for a few more decades. But honestly, we had sugar with everything! In our tea, on our cereal, with oranges, bananas, even tomatoes. And the dentists were drill-happy too. So now it's a case of doing my best to undo the damage, or at least to prevent further deterioration.
You are wondering about how this links to the product being reviewed? Despite all this, thanks to the NHS dentists, I still have need of this excellent product.
There was rather a lot of packaging, not all of which is recycleable. But this packaging did ensure that the contents were totally safe. The brush came in a strong, cellophane-wrapped cardboard box, with clear information on the outside about what you were buying, and small compartments inside, which prevented the contents from rattling around and getting broken.
The toothbrush came with an easy to use charging unit and a wall unit, should you wish to hang your brush box up on the wall. The charger unit links to the 'shaver socket' in the bathroom, where the brush can be re-charged overnight. A light in the toothbrush handle turns red when the brush needs recharging (after about two weeks, if used twice a day). The light turns green when the brush is ready to use again. The charger unit also contains a box that can hold the range of accessories that came with the toothbrush, or, if you prefer, the spare toothbrush heads that also came.
A fascinating range of accessories were in the box:
1. A precision clean brush head (This is the 'normal brush'. Spare brushes are provided. Replacement ones can be purchased at Boots.)
2. A bright brush head (you use this to give your teeth an extra bright polish, but use if with caution as it can be a little rough on the gums.)
3. A dual-clean brush head (This is like a double brush head, designed to clean your teeth and your gums simultaneously. I find this rather too large to use comfortably.)
4. An inter-space brush head. (This is a very small brush head whose bristles can slide between your teeth, great for reaching those odd bits of carrot or whatever!).
5. A tongue freshener (This is like a scraper for your tongue, an item in one's mouth which is at risk of neglect.)
6. An inter-dental cleaner (Use this head for the special plastic tooth picks which are also supplied. But be careful. You could even use this head without power. Three packs are included in the pack.)
7. A small handbook, offering advice about how best to use your toothbrush.
How to use:
Apply a pea-sized piece of toothpaste to the precision clean brush head. Any kind of toothpaste will be fine, so that is up to your individual preference. Put your brush head onto your teeth before switching the brush on, or you may end up with toothpaste flying around the room!
There are three possible modes: clean, sensitive or polish, and you can shift between each mode by pressing the button on the handle. Guide your brush slowly from tooth to tooth, and also round your gums. Do not apply extra pressure. The brush will do all the work. After 30 seconds, you will hear a short stuttering sound, to remind you to clean all four quadrants of your mouth. Each quadrant should be gently brushed for 30 seconds. A longer sound will indicate when the desired two minutes has elapsed.
With all these accoutrements, it is possibly to achieve a dazzling gleam to your pearly whites every time, so important for the protection of both teeth and gums. It provides an outstanding means of fighting plaque, the big enemy of your gums and teeth.
With luck and care, you should keep your teeth for many years to come.
(cross posted with ciao)
This is a good quality, high-powered toothbrush. When I bought it it just came in a set with the normal heads but here you get a set of different heads with it. I've already bought these heads as they were recommended by my dentist because I have a permanent "retainer" on the inside of my teeth (like orthodontic "train tracks" but on the inside). The tiny little head is great for cleaning between the little spaces I have there. It's also great for cleaning around my wisdom teeth as a normal toothbrush doesn't work back there. The tongue cleaner bit comes in handy too - makes your mouth feel nice and fresh, all in all.
It has a little inbuilt timer which is great as it "pulses" every 30 seconds with a longer pulse after 2 minutes so you know you've spent the required time cleaning your teeth.
Unlike the other reviewer said, the blue light does not stay on all the time unless it's sitting on the charger and plugged into the socket. And we all know it's a waste of energy to plug things in that are already charged anyway!
The only thing I didn't like is that the charger only fits a shaving socket and I don't have one in my bathroom so I had to buy an adapter to get it to fit a normal 3-pin socket. But you can get them pretty cheaply - a few quid from somewhere like Argos - it was just a bit of a pain.
Oh and the battery life lasts quite a while, you can take it away with you for a week or two without having to pack a charger, as long as it's fully charged before you leave. According to the manufacturer it lasts for 45 minutes on one charge, so at two minutes a day (or four if you brush twice a day) you can work out how long it will last you.
It's a little noisy to run. I'm always a bit self-conscious about using it after everyone's gone to bed (I go to bed quite late and my housemates are often asleep by the time I get there) so I sometimes use a manual brush instead. But you wouldn't necessarily notice in the daytime, or you might not care, so it's up to you!
As many people know, Braun have a good reputation for making high quality electric toothbrustes, and as I have previously had one, I thought, hey, why not try it again!?
I like what was included in the packet; there were different brush heads, for heavy cleaning, sensitive gums, tongue cleaner and the likes. If you are used to using manual toothbrushes, you may find even the heavy cleaning brush is pretty soft, but that's for a very good reason, because this toothbrush is so powerful, it has effective cleaning.
There are many other competing brands and models on the market, all offering 'professional' tooth care, but with Braun Oral B, you truly do know what you are getting.
The slight disadvantages are the charging time is a little longer than other well known toothbrushes and the brush itself isn't very appealing for children. If you are thinking of getting this as a gift for a younger person, they may base their opinions on how it looks, not the quality.
This is my second Braun oral irrigator system. The last one held up for almost 10 years and this one seems to be pretty much the same high quality. The toothbrush is fine, nothing special, and it only comes with brushes for one person (a regular brush and one for polishing). The handle of the toothbrush has a blue light that stays on all the time (it blinks when charging). If you need a nightlite in your bathroom, that's great, otherwise it's just wasted energy. The really superior part is the oral irrigator. It has a very nice, smooth feel and does not irritate the gums. It requires two button pushes to activate (unlike the old design), one on the side of the unit and one on the irrigator handle. It took me a while to work that out! The irrigator has colour-coded tips for four users. All-in-all, a "best in class" product.
The Professional Care 8900 rechargeable toothbrush comes with 2 Oral-B Precision Clean brush heads, 1 Oral-B Sensitive brush head, 1 Oral-B Pro Bright brush head, 1 Oral-B Tongue Cleaner brush head, 1 Oral-B Interdental Picker brush head and 1 Oral-B Interspace brush head / Short name: Oral-B 8900