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I brought a couple of these Braun Oral B Advanced Power toothbrushes a few months back for my children (age 12 and 17) as my eldest was in the final stages of his fixed brace and my youngest needed to improve her dental hygiene before the dentist would start work on her fixed brace. At the time of purchase from Amazon.co.uk they cost £12.00 each and are currently available for £10.17.
The toothbrushes are battery powered. I chose battery powered as I did not want to spend a lot of money on rechargeable brushes just incase my kids did not take to them. The toothbrush takes two AA batteries which are supplied, the original batteries lasted roughly a month and we have now moved onto rechargeable batteries. As far as I can tell there is no difference in the power from rechargeable or regular batteries. The batteries are easy to insert, the bottom unscrews and the batteries can be slotted in.
The toothbrush is easy to turn on/off; there is a small soft press button on the front. I found that the toothbrush feels quite chunky in my hand compared to a regular manual toothbrush but this does not detract from the handling, it is easy to manoeuvre the brush around my mouth (don't worry I used a different head to my child). The brush head moves very fast, it is hard to see the brush head moving. The vibration of the toothbrush takes a little bit of getting used to but it definitely feels like my teeth are cleaner after using the battery powered toothbrush. My sons teeth look very clean and now that he has had his brace removed he is very conscious of the need to keep his teeth in good condition and he feels the Braun Oral B Advanced Power toothbrush helps him achieve that goal and my daughter has now been told her dental hygiene is of a high enough standard for work to begin on the brace.
The great thing about the toothbrush is that the heads can easily be replaced when they are looking tired, the head just pulls off and a new Oral B head can be attached or a cheaper compatible version will fit too. The toothbrush is very sturdy and has survived the occasional drop on the floor or fall into a sink of water.
After many months of use and a dentist approved improvement in my children's dental hygiene I am more than happy to recommend the Braun Oral B Advanced Power tooth brush, I think it is a happy half way between a manual brush and a more expensive rechargeable brush. The brush does not require the batteries to be changed very often, about once a month the kids mention that the brush is slowing down. The heads are easily replaceable either with Braun heads or cheaper compatible heads. So after the initial cost of purchase I find it no more expensive than replacing manual brushes every other month.
Thank you for reading.
This is the first battery powered toothbrush of this type that I have owned, I bought it around 4 years ago and I am really pleased with it. A visit to the hygienist was what finally persuaded me to get with the times and give a power toothbrush a try, as in her opinion they are the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy - no matter how much you brush with a normal toothbrush you'll never match the number of oscillations that a battery powered one can do.
I didn't want one that had to be recharged via the shaving point as I had no where to stand it whilst it charged that would reach the shaving point in my bathroom, so the Braun Oral-B Advance Power 400 was the perfect choice for me as it just needed 2 x AA batteries to work it - so much easier than remembering to charge it up too.
Initially, I was nervous of the feeling of the brush vibrating so much against my teeth but to my surprise, it really didn't take much getting used to and even after the very first time I used it, I couldn't believe how much cleaner my teeth actually felt when I ran my tongue over them. A return visit to the hygienist confirmed that my teeth and gums were much better than they had been whilst using a normal toothbrush so I've never looked back since.
I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it but I don't think it was any more than £15.00, which considering it's still going strong 4 years later, I think makes it good value for money. I think it came with a couple of spare brush heads as well. The batteries last for quite a while I would say, you can tell when they need changing as the oscillations start to get slower, the fact that it doesn't just stop all together is good, as it gives me a chance to get new batteries if I haven't got any. I usually change the brush head at the same time as the batteries, but if you're worried, some of the bristles on the brush head are blue and if the colour has faded then it's time to replace it. I paid £10.00 for a pack of 3 replacement brush heads recently, which seems like a big out lay on your shopping list but they do last for a long time, so I think it's worth it and they seem to be available in most supermarkets. The brush heads come with different colour rings that you can put on with the brush head if you choose to, which is a bonus as someone else could use one of the brush heads on my base and with different colours we'd be able to tell them apart.
The brush is really easy to switch on and off, if you're taking it away on holiday I'd recommend taking the batteries out as I've heard/found it switched on when unpacking my suitcase a couple of times. The instruction leaflet tells you to clean around the battery compartment when changing the batteries, which is worth while doing as it can get a bit gunged up from toothpaste. Occasionally I've struggled to open the battery compartment, so this might prove tricky for someone with dexterity problems.
I tend to wake up late most mornings and then to stand there waiting for the electric toothbrush to brush my teeth the proper way is too much, I would rather just get it done with the old fashioned way, and brush my own teeth.
I can see the advantages of the electric tooth brush. You wont damage your enamel by brushing too hard, its kinder on the gums and you get a good thorough clean. The problem is that if you wake up late, you don't have the time to go through this ritual, and it could be handy having a normal brush for them days.
The batteries on this do not last too long and they are rather awkward to replace. Maybe its the cheap tesco value batteries that i use though. Style wise it looks OK, and feels quite sturdy and well made. I have dropped it on numerous occasions but it just keeps going. Although it is only a motor connected to two batteries, covered in plastic, so it would be rather difficult to break. The travel cap is next to useless, if your going to do any traveling, you take one of those small manual easy to hide toothbrushes, not this monstrous thing.
For the price though, it is a bargain but kind of like razors, i think the true cost is hidden in the replacement heads. I tend to go through a head once every couple of months, although i do tend to brush twice a day, whether i need it or not.
These by the way, can be found just under a tenner in the main 3 supermarkets. I find that if you use the brush as your supposed to i.e. holding it onto your teeth instead of brushing your teeth with them, then it can be time consuming, although others may disagree.
I have never much cared for electric toothbrushes. I think it's the compact area of bristles and the droning of the device when it is in operation that put me off. As I had heard so much about the benefits of electric toothbrushes over manual ones however, I relented and purchased the AdvancePower 400.
The product is battery operated, and requires two AA batteries to run. Two batteries and a travel cap are included in the package, in addition to the toothbrush. Aesthetically it is nothing wondrous, with its chunky white handle and cool blue grips, but the textured coating makes manoeuvring the brush around your mouth unproblematic. This ergonomic design is ideal for those with limited mobility, and children will find it useful, too.
This model comes with only one brush head, which is disappointing as it is not of particularly high quality and with repeated use the bristles become less effective. For £12 however, the quality of the toothbrush surpassed my expectations, and it is so convenient that it runs off batteries rather than any other source that this inadequacy can be overlooked to some degree. The brush head can be removed from the body of the toothbrush by a twisting motion. When the brush head is reattached, again it is twisted back onto the body of the toothbrush, and will click into place securely. When it is time to replace the brush head the colour of the bristles fade to alert you.
To operate the toothbrush you merely depress the On switch, which is located mid way down the body of the toothbrush. The brushhead oscillates to access areas of your teeth and entire mouth that you may ordinarily neglect. I did not find, however, that it oscillated enough to come into contact with particularly problematic areas, such as the back inside incisors.
I did not use this product for very long, as I enjoy the increased control of a manual toothbrush, and also I do not care for the continued vibration of the toothbrush in my hand, as it gives a slightly numb feeling afterwards. As a budget electric toothbrush however, this is a passable option. With a two-year manufacture's warranty you also have peace of mind in the event that you experience problems with the AdvancePower 400's performance. A decent product, but not for me.
Just before christmas I decided it was time to get an electric toothbrush, as I had been using a manual for years and I kept hearing that it was better for the health of your teeth and gums to have an electric toothbrush. After browsing through Boots and Superdrug, I finally found a toothbrush for a decent price on Amazon. I found the Braun Oral B Advanced Power 400 Battery Powered Toothbrush.
Amazingly this only cost me £6.09 (with free shipping) and in comparison to the prices in stores on the highstreet, was a total bargain. Some of the "cheaper" power toothbrushes in the stores were around the £30 mark!! The toothbrush I recieved was white and blue, but it does come in a range of colors. The brush is run by two AA batteries, which actually come supplied, making this brush an even better bargain than before.
The power button is in the centre of the main body of the toothbrush, and is very easy to just click on and off. The power of the brush is perfect. It cleans my teeth and gums perfectly, but without being harsh on my gums, even though my gums are quite sensitive and can sometimes become quite sore from brushing, even with a manual toothbrush. The head on this brush rotates quite quickly, and is a general volume, I have heard much louder toothbrushes, and also much quiter ones, but no one is my house complained about the noise, so I guess it is not too loud, maybe it just sounds louder as it is technically in my head!
The heads on this toothbrush are detachable, so you can replace them quickly and easily when needed. The head just pops off and you just pop the new one back in. The dentists I go to recommend changing the head every 6 months, so this is what I do. You can buy packs of 3 replacement heads for this toothbrush quite cheap on Amazon too, and they are also available in Boots and Superdrug. The batteries I got supplied with my toothbrush are still in the brush, and I have had no signs of the power decreasing as of yet, and I have had this toothbrush about 7 or 8 months now, so I am very impressed with this. The body of the toothbrush is a good width to hold nicely in your hand, and being plastic and having rubber like patches, it is easy to hold on to without losing hold of it, even with wet hands.
The batteries are simple to take in and out, just push on the bottom of the body of the brush and it opens up for you to replace the batteries, and then you just click it shut again when you are done. It even has a diagram to show you which way the batteries go round when you put them in.
As for the cleaning power of this toothbrush, I find it brilliant. I thought my teeth were well cleaned before, when using a manual brush, but I am amazed at how clean they are now after using this Braun Oral B toothbrush. It makes very quick work of cleaning my teeth and gums to a perfection that I usually only expect from the dentist, and my teeth look whiter since I have been using this toothbrush! Plaque removal is quick and simple with this brush, meaning much healthier teeth and gums, although it did take me a little while to get used to brushing my tongue with this brush, as it does tickle a little bit!!
Personally I can not recommend this toothbrush enough, even my Mum now has one and her dentist has seen an improvement in her gums since she has been using it (my Mum has gum disease). The brush works perfectly without being too harsh, and for the price is a brilliant deal and a very cheap investment in the health of your teeth and gums. I think this would be perfect to use for anyone from about 13 years old, as I feel it may be too powerful for young children. I recommend you get along to Amazon now and buy yourself this wonderful toothbrush, trust me you will not regret it, and your smile will thank you too.
Every weekend I make the arduous journey to go home to my parents. Although it can be difficult given the weather conditions, I return to using the interim products like a battery operated shaver and a battery operated "electric" toothbrush since leaving items like this with rechargeable batteries makes no sense when I'm only there once or twice a week to use. I already have an electric brush under the Sonic branding by Philips so my mouth is already used to the idea of electric means than the more traditional toothbrush.
As such there is only one company I've been able to trust for the availability of spare brush heads amongst Philips and that is Braun who have been making electric toothbrushes for quite a while now.
When purchased in 2006, the Advanced Power 400 model was known as the Braun Oral B D4510. It is also similar to Braun's model the D4 CLAM, although the rubber slip protected grip on the casing is different and doesn't resemble a clam! Infact this model has a better grip on it because the sides are lightly coloured in light blue rubber and the main body has a darker blue strip similar to the CLAM design. For the price of £7-99 (Argos previously sold it for £14-75) it certainly does pay to shop around whilst replacement heads cost between £3 and £4-75 as a twin pack of replacement heads complete with 2 coloured rings. A further pack of 4 heads at £9-95 can sometimes be found on the shelves at Boots and this is a great bargain pack suitable for four members in a family. Argos have a set of four new design brushes for Oral B rechargeable brushes and these can also be used on this model, but command a higher price of nearly £20!
The packaging for the Braun/Oral B is of the all-acrylic plastic type. I have to say though that it was a bit of problem getting into the package when I got it home. I was so desperate to try it that it took a sharp kitchen knife and patience to open the acrylic - trying to find a flat piece in the plastic without damaging the machine or the batteries included. Braun have obviously taken steps to ensure the package is tough to stand up to rough wear in transit to the shops - but I just wish the package had a seal you can break open to get into it more quickly. That said however, the product is easy to spot on the shelf for it has its manual on view with the model put in front of it and the 2 AA batteries at the side, one on top of the other. If you don't know the model number, just look out for this blue and white toothbrush that's set in clear acrylic packaging and in little letters above the On switch, states the word, "Timer."
The clincher for this product isn't just the fact that it only takes two double A LR6 (AA) batteries; it's the fact that it has a 2 minute timer function built in and that the model comes with a handy user manual, a sterile clear head protection cap and two batteries included - I don't usually have a preference to label brand batteries, but it comes with two Duracell AA batteries as standard. The 2-minute Timer function cannot be reset. It has been given in order that one minute can be applied for your lower teeth and the other minute given for the upper teeth or different sides of your mouth at the time of use. Needless to say with the fact that it is so compact, it's a great back up choice if going on holiday or need for emergencies since it can be stored easily although I'd have liked more than just a sterile cap to protect the head.
It also has an "Oral B Indicator" brush fitted as standard, which means when the brush is beginning to get near its end of life, the blue filaments of the brush will start to fade in colour and the overall circular shape will start to loosen - much really of the same on a standard toothbrush when the shape starts to fly away and lose it's usual strict shape when new. To replace the head, simply pull up and dispose. A series of coloured plastic rings from blue, pink, green and yellow are also available which distinguishes each brush head for any number of people who can use this brush - this has come in handy for people who are staying over and you have replacement brushes already in stock.
** Using It **
As with normal toothbrushes, a small pea sized blob of toothpaste is always recommended - the moment you push the water proofed rubber button on the front of the brush, away you go. The oscillating action of the brush moves from side to side, much the same as any other cheaply priced rechargeable brush, although the manual does say that the product has "Interdental" tips built into its brushes and to be honest you can feel these little ridges as they go past each tooth. Also, the bristles are designed to be "FlexiSoft," and compared to my old brush, I do admit that these bristles are softer to my gum and tooth areas. When the timer kicks in, it's usually after a minute. You will know instinctively when the timer lets you know the recommended dentist acknowledged duration to brush - the head vibrates three times before it returns to its normal speed of movement. I don't mind this at all, though I know this could annoy people because the timer function cannot be switched off - I think another reason is that it also lessens the battery of the power surge the motor gives off anyway - so if it prolongs the battery, it means less money from my pocket.
I find that this model is excellent for all round brushing. As a smoker and coffee drinker it brushes my teeth clean although it does fail to get in deep thanks to its small cylindrical head and compacted bristles. It weighs a total of 132 grams which to kilograms is 0.132, i.e. not very heavy whilst its overall width and height makes it easy to hold and use. Spend a little more time with it however and it can loosen dirt but not as deep as my Philips Sonic brush releases in one use than this interim brush. The pressure of the bristles isn't too great either so there is confidence with use against crowns, fillings and veneers. I find that the length of the actual neck can be restrictive since it doesn't have a bendy or angled neck but the more intuitive you become with the handle, the easier it becomes with general use to get into restrictive areas of your mouth.
The noise of the brush isn't too noisy with the fact that anyone talking to me can be easily understood without having to switch the brush off. In terms of longevity, the user manual suggests that if the brush is used twice a day, the batteries will last three months and true to this unusual manual tip, I do find that any AA battery used will last on average up to three months.
Changing batteries is also easy IF you keep your toothbrush handle clean. Simply squeeze the toothbrush handle at the bottom of the unit where indicated and the bottom cap should jump off itself. There you will find the compartment where the batteries go. Initially however I was confused with how to put batteries in. Like most battery powered units of this type when you see a battery sign showing the polarity and the other sign showing this in reverse, you would automatically think that the polarity signs go in order of the battery signs on the positive and negative. Not so. Here on this model, the shape of the battery along with the polarity sign has been scripted onto the plastic, so you need to be careful how you insert the battery as if you don't the unit simply won't work.
Once in a while the battery door can sometimes be caked in toothpaste depending on how the owner has used the brush. I generally find that by wiping the water proof seal, it ensures that the door and the seal are better protected and keeps the handle and battery pack in the best protection possible. Ignore this and you may find it harder to take off the battery door.
** To Clean **
Strictly speaking, the whole unit when its being used must never be dipped completely into water - although as pictured in the colour 5 page fold out useful user manual, the brush can be dipped under a tap, almost as if you are holding the unit upside down. There is a rubber ring to protect the battery on the battery compartment cover and as the manual suggests for changing the battery, it's best advised to clean and keep that area particularly clean. What the manual doesn't suggest and what I do personally suggest is to take the brush head off every week and make sure there is no toothpaste caked around the metal pin that the brush applicator sits on. Take a cotton bud and take out all the excess paste - because if you don't the paste will harden around the rim and the vibrations the metal pin give out will no longer work - also when changing a new brush head over, it is easier to dislodge than just ignoring old toothpaste which means a heavier grasp will be needed to pull the brush off.
Finally, the product comes with a two-year guarantee although this does not cover the brush head and wear of batteries.
** Back Up Support & Availability **
After struggling to email Proctor & Gamble who own Oral-B I gave up with their UK customer service number (despite it being free) to find out why this product is not displayed on their UK website; even the customer service spokespeople couldn't tell me. Every other brush and model is listed on this but the battery operated model and it seems silly not to include this as this model can use standard Oral B replacement heads including the newer designs such as Oral B rechargeable brush heads.
Argos no longer sell this model although Boots still do which is at least a thumbs up for high street availability.
Generally the better power options of use result in using non-rechargeable batteries. I have tried rechargeable batteries in this Oral B brush and they last generally up to a couple of weeks against a full month. It makes sense to retain non rechargeable batteries for this type of gadget which has been marketed for journeys and short uses rather than something you are going to use every day.
** Conclusion **
So all in all, the Advanced 400 battery powered toothbrush gets a thumbs up but finding it may be harder due to a lack of respect and a lack of information online. It does everything its rechargeable counter parts offer just with replaceable batteries handy for travelling or stop gaps in between the office and home. For the price below £10 the quality and design is excellent, simple yet effective. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
I have excellent teeth, and that's probably why my dentist has never recommended my using an electric toothbrush. But my husband bought this one as replacement when he forgot to take his on a business trip. Since he preferred his original one, I started using the Braun Oral-B Advance Power battery toothbrush, and this is what I think of it.
There really isn't all that much one can say about a toothbrush, so I'll keep this review short. First of all, this one uses two AA batteries. These are easily replaced from the bottom of the handle, and only seem to wear out after many months of daily use, so you don't have to worry about constantly changing them. One of the things that impressed me most about this toothbrush was how powerful it seems to be. No matter how hard I push this against my teeth, the rotation doesn't slow down. This means I get a good brushing over all my teeth.
The toothbrush head is small, round and oscillates. Since the brush isn't big, you can clean one tooth at a time, making it easier to get to the back teeth. I have very small teeth so this is good for me, since I find larger heads are harder to get even pressure with. You should know that the bristles on the brush will fade when its time to change the head, which is very clever. Replacement heads can be found absolutely everywhere, in any chemist's shop and in many supermarkets, so that's no problem, either.
This has one on-off button that you press to turn it on or off, which couldn't be simpler. The switch is placed conveniently where your thumb naturally falls when you pick it up, so the design is comfortable. The handle itself is thicker and heavier than a manual toothbrush, mostly because it needs to store the batteries. I originally thought this would be strange or uncomfortable to hold, but I got used to it very quickly, and found that the design has a soft plastic grip inserts, which actually feels good in your hand, and doesn't slip when it is wet.
While I thought I wouldn't like using an electric toothbrush, I now find that I prefer using this to my old manual ones. It is very easy to use, comfortable in your hand, very powerful, seems to have a long battery-life, and I even like the way this looks. I can tell that it cleans my teeth well since I've noticed that in the mornings, my teeth feel cleaner than they used to. Mind you, it hasn't whitened my teeth, but perhaps that's the toothpaste I use (combined with my coffee and cigarette consumption). This also isn't a very expensive model (see "Technical Stuff" below), so if you're thinking of trying an electric toothbrush, this might well be the one to start with. Highly recommended and a full five stars.
Thanks for reading, and keep smiling!
Davida Chazan © May 2007
I found this is available on Amazon for £17.45 but choiceful.com sells it for only £10.93 plus £2.76 shipping, so shop around (but not at Boots, since I see they don't carry this model). This also isn't available from the UK Oral-B site which is at http://www.oralb-direct.co.uk/.
From the kind people at Braun who don't want your teeth to fall out / Short name: Oral-B 400