I've been wanting to upgrade from a manual to an electric toothbrush for quite a while. My teeth have suffered for a few years thanks to two pregnancies within a couple of years. I believe the saying is have a baby lose a tooth. Between my morning sickness and my sweet food cravings, I ended up having a tooth pulled, and my teeth have been vulnerable ever since.
The main thing putting me off swapping was cost. I would walk past toothbrushes in boots or browse on amazon, and think 'how much?' and then remember the kids needed new shoes or something. My son actually prodded me into buying this toothbrush, one each for me and my husband. We were shopping in costco and he had been talking to me for a while about electric toothbrushes, and he somehow spotted these, at a great cost of just £7 each. As this was with the two pencil batteries too to operate it, I figured it was not that big an outlay to give it a try.
I see on amazon looking today, they are between £12.50, and £40, so it is worth looking round to see what sort of price you can get it for if you decide to try it.
Lookswise, this is quite chunky, but you don't have a stand as well to recharge your toothbrush between uses. The handle is comfortable to hold in my hand. It is textured so I don't feel I will drop it when I am using it. The colour of my brush is blue and white, which is fine. I don't really care what it looks like as long as it does a good job. The unit is well sealed so I am not worried water or toothpaste will get into the unit when I am using it.
The brush is switched on by pressing a button on the front of the brush. There are no special features such as a timer on this model, but I try and clean my teeth for the two minutes that dentists advise. My teeth feel quite clean long before this, but I keep going.
The brush came with one brush head. This is a precision clean head, which is slightly cupped to fit around your teeth. I have been using this brush for about 7 weeks, and I am starting to feel it needs changing now as it is looking a bit flayed out and my teeth are not feeling quite as clean as they did at the start of using the brush.
Replacement heads are available on amazon at a cost of £21.50 for 8, or just over £15 for 4 of them. This is slightly more than I would have paid for a toothbrush before this model, but not so much it is prohibitive to getting them.
I was impressed with the brush from the first use. I felt my teeth were as clean as if I had just got back from a dentist clean and polish. I use whitening toothpaste normally, but my teeth seem a lot brighter and feel a lot cleaner using this brush. It did feel quite powerful at first and I wasn't sure I would get used to the strong sensation of the rotating brush against my gums, but it is very natural to me now. If I use a manual toothbrush now my teeth do not feel clean at all.
I was concerned that the battery would run down very quickly, but it is still going strong after almost 2 months of use.
While I cannot compare it to a rechargeable toothbrush as I have not experienced using one, I am more than happy to recommend this toothbrush to someone who is looking at starting with a basic model. My only niggle with it is I wish that it had come with a plastic cover to put over the toothbrush head. My children both got battery powered toothbrushes in their Christmas stockings, and I find the plastic cover really handy and hygienic, especially when travelling to stay with their grandparents. It is a small niggle though, and doesn't really spoil my opinion of this being a great unit for someone who is looking for a budget option.
Electric toothbrushes?! They're for lazy people!
That's what I thought until my first cavity. I have always had very good teeth, and keep them in very good condition. Unfortunately, a few years ago I visited my dentist who told me that I needed a filling.
How was this possible? I've always been very careful with my teeth, and I don't have a sweet tooth!
Anyway, following the filling, I asked my dentist about how this could have been prevented. She told me that whilst a normal toothbrush does the job, an electric toothbrush will do a much better job. Combine this with regular flossing, and I should be OK.
I was a bit put off (and I couldn't see the point in an electric toothbrush), but didn't want a repeat filling, so I dutifully went out and bought one of these toothbrushes.
I was shocked by the price of some electric toothbrushes, but this one was about £20 and seemed to do the job.
Firstly, I was amazed at the difference between normal (manual) brushing and the electric toothbrush! My teeth had never felt cleaner. I was also surprised at how little (by comparison) toothpaste was needed when using an electric toothbrush.
The toothbrush came with one head, and replacement heads are available for about £12 for 4. The heads last for at least 2 months, and the dentist said that they really must be replaced after 3 months, which isn't unreasonable. They have green wear-indicating bristles, so it's easy to tell when they are getting ready for replacement.
I had this toothbrush for four years, before it finally wore out.
The built in (non-replaceable) battery takes about 16 hours to charge fully, and the stated four days' worth of brushing (at twice a day) seemed about right at first.
However, maybe my brushing habits changed a bit, and I've only really been able to get about 3 days' of brushing from a full charge since.
Fortunately, this toothbrush doesn't require a full 16 hour charge to work well.
Towards the end of it's useful life, I had to leave the toothbrush constantly on it's charging unit to keep it operational. Luckily, the charger plugs into bathroom shaver points, but a 2 to 3 pin adapter is required should you need to plug the charger in to a standard wall socket.
I am now on my second of these electric toothbrushes. I was so pleased with the first one, I had a look around, but for the price (I bought my second one from Wilkinsons for about £18) I don't think that it can be bettered. There are plenty of more expensive alternatives around (along with all sorts of fancy brush heads), but this one does the job admirably.
I like to take care of my appearance and I think the two main things everyone should take care of are teeth and hair. They are the two things I notice when I first meet someone. Now I would love to have gorgeous white teeth like the all the celebrities do (think Simon Cowell) but unfortunetely until I have thousands of pounds to spend on veneers I'll have to settle for my electric toothbrush.
When it comes to buying electric toothbrushes there are so many different ones to choose from, surely they only do the same thing. You can literally spend hundreds of pounds on them. The Braun Oral-B Advance is one of the cheapest available, I got mine from Morrisons and it cost £14.99.
"The Oral-B Advance Power toothbrush has been developed together with leading dental professional to effectively remove plaque from all areas of your teeth."
When you open your toothbrush you are supplied with one brush head, the toothbrush and a charging unit. The brush heads need replacing after a while and these can be bought seperately. The charging unit did not fit into a normal plug so I had to buy an adapter but I think this was only about 25p from Wilkinson.
One disadvantage with this toothbrush is that it needs charging all of the time. It does actually say that a full charge takes 16 hours and lasts approx. 20 minutes. It does suggest that the toothbrush can be stored in the charging unit as overcharging is impossible but I personally don't like my toothbrush kept in my bedroom charging and it is impossible to charge in the bathroom without a plug socket.
One good aspect about the toothbrush is that there is a timer which memorises elapsed brushing time and after two minutes the timer signals by a short stutter. This helps in making sure you brush your teeth for long enough.
I like this toothbrush and using it makes me feel I am doing a better job of cleaning my teeth than just using a normal toothbrush. My teeth always feel really clean after using it and everytime I go to the dentist he comments on what a good job I do of cleaning my teeth. Maybe if I had the money I would buy and try a more expensive electric toothbrush but at the moment I am more than happy with my £15 toothbrush from the supermarket.
When my husband's electric toothbrush stopped working I thought I'd get him a cheaper one to use till we're a bit more flush and can upgrade to a replacement of his current one.
Unfortunately, it appears that with electric toothbrushes you get what you pay for.
I purchased this Braun model for £15 from Boots, it looked very similar to his old Braun and after taking out of the packaging (why is that plastic packaging so hard to get into?) I was quite pleased.
It's not quite as heavy as his old one but perfectly acceptable for the money, it has slightly rubbery parts to the handle which help to grip the brush. The brush is about the same length as a standard brush and about an inch think. The charger unit is compact and lightweight.
I charged it for the required 16 hours and handed it over. Well, hubby wasn't impressed, not as fast or effective as the old one apparently, also it makes a very high pitched whining sound which irritated him. He is adamant that his teeth do not feel as clean as they did using his old model.
On the plus side it is very easy to use - one button to turn on and another for off. Also it uses the same heads as my toothbrush (and his old one) so no wasting of expensive attachments.
The bristles have a blue indicator which tells you when to replace. This is quite helpful but there is no indication of when the battery is running low, this means you're usually half way through brushing when it packs up. Also, when charging there is no light to indicate that it is charging correctly or that it has finished charging.
The guidance is to brush for 2 minutes twice a day, you do not need to brush in an up and down motion yourself, just move the brush along each tooth spending a few seconds on each, using it this way the charge lasts for approximately one week. OK as long as you remember to recharge, the instructions say to replace on the charger after use which would stop this but it feels like a waste of electricity to me.
Replacement heads cost £15 for 4 new heads from Boots, which is about average for these products. The heads last me around 3 months each.
So, overall it's OK for the money but not anywhere near as good as Braun's higher powered versions. I'll be upgrading as soon as I've got some spare cash.
Since I am now using my second Braun Oral B Advance Power I thought it was about time I told you about it!
I originally purchased the first one because I have uneven bottom teeth and they never looked quite clean no matter how thoroughly I brushed them and, since beginning to drink red wine rather than white, the rest of my teeth began to look a bit jaded too!
I had been meaning to get an electric toothbrush for some time and when I received £20 worth of Boots vouchers for a birthday present I decided that the time had come to invest in an electric toothbrush.
I remember that my first reaction was to be surprised at the huge range of these toothbrushes available, and we only have a small branch of Boots here in Llandudno. The range of prices was a bit of a shock too; going up to over £100!
I decided to have an electric rechargeable toothbrush, which only cost me £9.99! I was amazed. I thought I would try this one and, if I liked it, maybe buy a more expensive one in the fullness of time.
The one I chose is the Braun Oral B Advance Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - there's a mouthful! (Mouthful - toothbrush - get it?)
Anyway it comes packed on a piece of cardboard with plastic wrapped around it and contains the toothbrush handle, the toothbrush head and a charging unit.
All I had to do was plug in the charger and put the toothbrush on it for 16 hours to charge it fully and then it was ready for use. The instructions advise you to keep the charger plugged in and replace the brush on the unit each time you use it, but I tend to use mine for a few days and then recharge it rather than keeping the charger permanently plugged in wasting power.
The whole thing is about the length of a standard toothbrush with a handle about an inch in diameter, so it feels comfortable to hold.
The head of the toothbrush is circular and is about a centimetre in diameter and it spins when the power is switched on.
The instructions state that any toothpaste can be used with this brush. So that's good, no extra expense incurred in buying special toothpaste then.
You put the brush into your mouth before you switch it on to prevent any splashes that may occur and off you go.
It is recommended that you spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth although I have to admit I rarely spend quite that long! You should move the brush slowly around the mouth cleaning both sides and the top of each tooth and also the gums. You have to remember that there is no need to 'brush' up and down as the rotation of the bristle head does the hard work for you.
Don't be put off if you're gums bleed a little at first, mine did, but it soon stops once you get used to the new sensation.
Talking of sensations, the toothbrush does vibrate in your hand (ooer missus!) and I found that a bit irritating at first and the noise does remind me of the dentist, which is a bit off putting!
But the main thing is that this little treasure works and works well! My lower teeth look very different and the whole of my mouth feels and looks cleaner and healthier. You never know it might mean less treatment at the dentist and wouldn't that be good?
The bristles of the brush really get between my teeth and around my gums to remove every last little bit of whatever shouldn't really be there! I always rinse with Boots Smile mouthwash when I have finished brushing as well just for a completely clean feeling.
As I said earlier I intended this cheaper model to be a trial version to see if buying an expensive one was a good idea, but when it finally gave up the ghost after a couple of years hard work I went out and bought another one of the same model as I have been so impressed with it.
The instruction leaflet is clear and is all in English so no scouring through pages of obscure languages looking for the right bit! Incidentally I have noticed this with quite a few products that I have purchased recently, maybe the manufacturers have realised how wasteful it is to produce instructions is lots of different useless languages and are concentrating on the language relevant to the country where the product will be on sale.
Replacement heads are available for the toothbrush for a few pounds each and obviously you need to change the head as often as you would have changed your ordinary toothbrush. In my case this will be more often than most as I always use a lot of pressure when brushing my teeth and so my toothbrushes soon end up with horizontal bristles!
All in all I am really pleased with my purchase especially for the price - they are currently about the £12 mark - and I shall get another one if and when this one packs up!
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