Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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The best £10-15 you can spend on your health
Oral-B Advance Power 900
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Oral-B Advance Power 900
Advantages: Your teeth will feel so much cleaner than they ever did with a manual toothbrush
Disadvantages: Brush head replacements are more expensive than manual toothbrushes
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.
Summary: If you don't own one already, do you teeth a favour and get one!
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