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In – I think – 2006, when I'd just paid a dentist a surprisingly large amount to remove the stains from my teeth, I decided to finally plunge into the white-knuckle world of electric toothbrushes. Naturally enough, I bought the cheapest one I could find – the Oral B Advance Power, made by Braun. (What does 'Advance Power' mean? 'Advanced' I could understand, but 'Advance'? Anyway...).
The fact that I still have the toothbrush 8 years later probably tells you all you need to know. It's durable and it does the job. It's much the same shape as any other electric toothbrush, and only has one speed setting. It's great at getting between my back teeth, and just letting the rotating head whir away at your teeth and gums for a few minutes leaves them feeling clean.
I suspect it's no better or worse than any other toothbrush as far as cleaning your teeth is concerned. My teeth are almost always white now (although to be honest I drink a lot less red wine these days, and no longer smoke, so there's less stainage generally). I don't think I've needed a filling since getting the toothbrush, so it's doing something right.
The brushes need changing every few months or so (I should probably replace them more often than I do). New heads aren't expensive (a pack of four goes for about £4 on amazon) and changing them isn't too difficult – you just yank the old one off and stick the new one on. Simples.
The one downside is that the power runs down quite quickly. Maybe four good long brushes and the little chap noticeably loses some of his vim. This is only a problem if, like me, you forget to recharge it. It does take a while to recharge if you let it run down (as I almost always do). The brush comes with a two-pin bathroom plug, so you'll need to get an adapter if, again like me, you have a bathroom with no socket.
The main thing to recommend this toothbrush is that I've had it for almost a decade and it's still going, in spite of daily use. It's also still the cheapest on the market, as far as I can see.
Ive had this electric toothbrush for about 5 years now and im so glad I switched from a regular toothbrush. As a child I didnt take care of my teeth and I had a terrible sweet tooth which as an adult has almost completely dissapated. But the damage stayed...4 fillings and 4 plastic coverings on my molars.
To say the least, I now take care of my teeth. Part of this means that I switched from an regular toothbrush to an eletric and you really feel this difference.
The Braun Oral-B Advance Power 900 has been on the market for around 5-6 years now, it is the bigger brother of the weaker 400 version. The hundred number relates to the number of revolutions that it spins out in a minute. It one of the cheapest electric toothbrushes you can get and seems to be one of the most popular models on the market, the two are probably combined. On amazon you can pick this baby up for around £17 plus P&P
But like most electric toothbrushes you buy it cheaply but the toothbrush heads are extremely expensive. For that price you get the toothbrush one head, which with the indicator will need replacng after about 5 months or so and a stand for the brush, which doubles as a powered battery recharger. This is a simple entry design model so there is no battery indicator, so I cant tell you about charging times, but I keep it plugged in over night and that seems to keep the power up for a good 3-4 days before a recharge is needed. The charge lasts about 5-6 days when you first buy it, but like I siad ive had it for a while, so naturally any recargable battery loses its effeciency. The charger is fully waterproof as youd expect
When you buy it there is a 2 year warranty. but I've had mine for much longer than that and ive had absolutely no problems whatsoever. The main selling point for these brushes is the high speed rotating brush head, which gently removes plaque and built-up stains and remove it does, its more of a kick then gently I suppose, this is much mor epowerful and it feels like a nice clean refreshing feel after the brush in this way it is mych more effective then a normal toothbrush.
Braun claim it is clinically proven that the brush cleans better than a standard toothbrush and that this cleanliness, helps prevent gum disease and as a user I have to admit that it feels this good.
The brush head is very soft, enough to clean and polish your teeth gently, but depending on what you want you can get a normal head or you can an interdental special which are bit bigger I find not so comfortable but these tips reach deep between the teeth and along the gumline. The brushes normally have a time limit indicator that turns from blue to white as time goes on, when the indicator is almost all white this is when you are surpossed to change the brush but they change colour after 2-3 months so I think this is tosh..just a marketing ploy to get you to buy more brushes more frequently. It is very easy to wash the scum off of he brush and easy to keep stored, although I find that I dont like to keep my brush on the toothbrush as the water can build up scum in the in between spots, so I always remove it, but you have to keep it off of the basin yourself, if your basin is a little like mine and a bit dirty sometimes. It would be really nice to have a kind of carry case to keep the brush clean. The brushes are generally smaler then a conventional one, so you get straight ot the back of the mouth and into the other parts you dont normally reach.
In terms of cost...man this is where they get you. Theres a reason why the brush itself is only £17, its because the heads are £16 for 4 heads in any boots! but ive found a solution, Amazon shows a company that sells replica heads, exactly the same as the oral b ones for far cheaper. 12 heads for £9 and the reviews are great, everyone says they great and do the job so I know what im buying with my next voucher !
This is only the 2nd electric toothbrush I've had - I would describe it as a good basic toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes all seem to have the same size heads and this one is no exception - about the size of one of my smaller teeth, now there's a coincidence ;-) The head vibrates (rotates) to clean your teeth and seems to do a very effective job. Certainly my teeth feel cleaner after using this toothbrush than after using a manual one. I would say my previous (much more expensive) brush did a slightly better job, maybe because it rotated more quickly.
It is surprisingly good at getting into funny shaped gaps (for those of us who should have gone to an orthodontist but didn't!)
A few points:
* It doesn't have a timer or any snazzy extra features - it just brushes your teeth.
* If it tickles then it's probably running low on battery power!
* If you don't regularly remove the head & rinse out the inside then you tend to get toothpaste-y water running down the handle when you stand the brush upright. It's easy enough to rinse though.
It comes with a small charger stand which you plug into a shaver socket (adapters are cheap if you don't have a shaver socket). The wire isn't very long but certainly long enough for most bathrooms.
The stand is small so it doesn't get in the way but that means that when you stand the toothbrush (upright) on the charger it wobbles about a bit. There is no light on the charger or the brush to reassure you that the brush has seated correctly on the charger - and it's not a great fit so that's not quite as obvious as it sounds! However, I've never had the brush fail to charge so I think it's mainly a comfort thing!
I would also like an indicator to tell me whether the charge is complete or not. The instructions were lost months ago & I don't think I ever read them (silly me) so I never know how long I'm meant to leave it plugged in for. However, I just plug it in overnight and the charge lasts over a week - usually nearer a fortnight.
I have had the toothbrush about 2 or 3 years now and it still holds its charge as well as it always has done.
The heads count as consumables and should be replaced frequently. The ones I get have some bristles which start out blue and lose their colour over time - when they fade it's time to replace the head. I take that with a pinch of salt personally and keep them quite a bit longer but it does help to remind you that it's been a while.
A word of caution - shop around! Last time I needed a new pack of heads I found a 4 pack in one supermarket for less than a 2 pack in a competing store. If you don't pay attention you can pay as much for a pack of new heads as you did for the brush itself.
When you buy a pack of 4 you get several different little coloured rings. These can be attached to the heads so that you can share the toothbrush handle without having to use the same actual brush. I wouldn't fancy it myself but I suppose the concept makes sense
Getting a new toothbrush is one of those oddly satisfying moments in life, and that first brush is really a treat. From there on though, we all know that it is never quite as satisfying as the brush slowly spoils. So, I was very excited when I picked up this brand new Braun toothbrush, who are widely regarded as the best in tooth hygiene.
The first thing which I had to do was open it which sounds easy. When, actually it's not. It was in one of those sealed containers which don't appear to have any way of opening them. Instead you have to start hacking away with the scissors. This is obviously not ideal if the person opening the package is a young child or alternatively, an elderly person. Not a wonderful start, but it was all looking up after I cracked it out of the packaging.
Setting up the toothbrush for use was just a question of twisting the head in to place which was much more relaxing after the reliving of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Then, I popped the charger in to a shaver plug which are in most bathrooms and went out.
When I came in later, I unplugged the charger; a simple pull sufficed and then, set to work on brushing. The brush starts with a simple push in of the blue button on the front which was easy. I could see the cleaning power available as I watched the soft bristles whiz around like a Ferrari at Silverstone. Putting an electric toothbrush on your teeth is a very odd sensation initially as it feels like your phone is vibrating but in your mouth. The cleaning power of the Braun is not even up for comparison with a manual toothbrush. After each brushing, you can feel the smoothness of your teeth in every little hole and it really does leave you feeling fresh.
If there was a negative that I could state about this brush, then it would be that cleaning the brush head is very difficult and it does amass quite a bit of dirt every month or so. Although, you can just buy more brush heads which are relatively inexpensive at around £5 for a couple which is similar to buying a new manual brush every couple of months.
Overall, I could not recommend the Braun Advance Power 900 any more. It leaves your mouth feeling clean (and vibrated) and the difference in cleaning compared to a manual brush is not up for questioning; just a truly stunning brush at a reasonable price for an electric tooth brush of around £20.
The days of manual brushing are in the past are they not? I still have a regular manual toothbrush and also some electric ones which line up my bathroom cabinet. I seem to get bought an electric one every Christmas or two, so a small collection has formed. You can pay over one hundred pounds for a brush that rotates, talks to you, times the sessions, prepares you dinner etc, or you can get a decent brush at the lower end of the market that just cleans the teeth.
This was one of the brushes that I had some time ago and I am afraid he has been superseded now! The price tag of fifteen to twenty pounds id respectable enough. You get the basic toothbrush and a soft brush add-on which is useful because my gums are sensitive and prone to bleeding if I brush too hard.
The ergonomics of the toothbrush are pleasing. The varied shaped bristles have proved handy particularly on those harder to reach areas and I have found they work best on back teeth and round the gumline. The speed is pretty good too and whizzes round to deliver a dynamic clean. One of the best features here is the way the bristles have a fading indicator, so you know when to replace. I got a few months out of mine before it suggested I needed a new one, which was a pretty good longevity.
In terms of recharge time, you can get around four to five days of use before it needs a recharge, which can take a good twelve hours or more. This is one weaker spot, as some of my newer models last for over a week before they need a recharge. The other downside is there are no fancy add-on heads or toothpicks or timer. Despite this, the price reflects what you get and the overall package delivers a decent clean.
The Braun Oral-B Advance Power 900 model of electric toothbrush has been on the market since about 2006. It's one of the cheapest electric toothbrushes you can get and also seems to be one of the most popular models on the market. At the time of writing this review, I've owned the toothbrush for a bit more than a year.
In the pack you get the actual toothbrush, a stand for it, which doubles as a powered battery recharger and one brush head. There is no battery indicator, so I am not sure about charging times, but I tend to keep it plugged in, as the charge only lasts about 5 days. There is a 2 year warranty. I've had mine for a bit more than a year and have had no issues or problems whatsoever so far. The core selling feature of the toothbrush is the high speed rotating brush head, which "gently removes even heavy plaque build-up and stains" according to the marketing material. Whether or not it is gentle, I don't know, but I can vouch for the fact that it does remove plaque build up, particularly effectively if compared to a traditional toothbrush. Braun claim it is clinically proven that the brush cleans better than a manual toothbrush, helps prevent gum disease, gently removes stains and is gentle on teeth and gums. As far as the actual brush head is concerned, the brush is supposedly soft enough to clean and polish your teeth gently, while there are longer interdental tips that reach deep between the teeth and along the gumline. I find it hard to evaluate the gentleness of the brush as I simply don't know what the threshold is. The brush feels somewhat comparable in stiffness to traditional toothbrushes I have used, but I think perhaps it does give in to pressure more. I would assume the high speed rotating brush head would put extra wear on your teeth, although it also means your teeth are cleaned faster. At the end of the day, all I can say is my teeth feel much cleaner using this than they ever did with a traditional toothbrush, and I'll have to choose to trust Braun's statement it is gentle. Presumably they would get into trouble if that was not the case.
I went to the dentist, and it turned out I had a decaying tooth. Although it was not much physical pain dealing with the problem, it did upset me on a personal level. I like to think that I've got all aspects of my life under full control. Having a decaying tooth means I have failed the responsibility I have over myself. There were brochures advertising eletric toothbrushes at the dentist's waiting room, so I grabbed a brochure, read an electric toothbrush was the best way to fight plaque and keep your teeth healthy, and was sold on the idea. I checked the most common channels, such as Amazon and eBay, and ended up getting the Braun Oral-B Advance Power 900 on special offer at Lloyd's Pharmacy. I didn't like the idea of having to switch toothbrush heads on a regular basis because of the increased cost over a traditional toothbrush. However, within a week of using the electric toothbrush, my teeth felt cleaner than they had ever done before. And I felt like I was able to reach faraway corners of my mouth. The rotating head head means you just have to stick the brush in the right area and the tootbrush will do the actual brushing for you. I've now owned this electric toothbrush for about a year, and if it broke, I would buy a new one. I'm never going back to a traditional toothbrush. I believe the marketing hype because I feel a difference when I use this toothbrush. My teeth feel cleaner and fresher.
This model of the Braun electric toothbrush sells for around £15. I got mine in a sale at a pharmacy in January 2009 and only had to pay £10. That was a bargain. I'd say £15 is also a reasonable price. It's a good product.
The best £10-15 you can spend on your health. You will feel a difference.
For years and years, I swore never to have an electric toothbrush on the basis that they were more trouble than they were worth...was I right?
First of all, it took nearly 15 minutes just to get the toothbrush out of its packaging: it was that annoying stiff plastic sealed on all edges which you have to massacre with a pair of scissors to get it open (and cut yourself on the sharp plastic!). After this ordeal, it was as simple as inserting the brush attachment into the end of the brush; plugging in the charger; and leaving it overnight to charge.
The toothbrush itself seems to be very easy to use, though I'm not yet convinced that it is as, or is more effective than a manual one. Initially, it was quite painful, and I ended up having to go to the dentist because my teeth had become so sensitive. Apparently this is caused by the change in brushing motion, and you have to be quite careful with it.
Well, I'm still not convinced. I find that with a manual toothbrush, you have complete control over what you're doing, whereas with the electric one it kind of does what it wants!
**CHARGING AND CLEANING**
The charger simply plugs into a standard shaver socket (or three-pin plug adapter) and the brush sits on the charger (no need to attach or secure it). I charge mine overnight once a week, though I suspect it probably lasts longer than this. My biggest qualm about these electric toothbrushes is that they are really difficult to keep clean. The way they are designed with nice coloured rings and fancy embossing is all very nice to look at, but it isn't long before it begins to get dirty, and dare I say it, rather smelly. This is a real nusciance, and is ill-conceived for something you have to put in your mouth every day!
I'm not convinced...the brush is a pain to clean and I'm not sure how hygienic it is. It seems effective, though I miss that control that one has with a manual brush.
Short name: Oral-B 900