Was recommended by my Dentist to invest in an electric toothbrush so I looked around and then purchased the Braun Oral-B PC7000D 17.511. I found it and still do amazing and it certainly keeps the teeth and gums in tip top condition and reduces the sessions I have at the Dentist. It is very easy to use with an easy grip on the handle. Also the head of the toothbrush is very pliable and you can move it around your mouth/teeth just like a manual toothbrush but better. You can easily detach the Brush Heads to replace them when they are worn out. You only need to recharge about once a fortnight may be longer. I certainly have found it a great benifit and it is one of best buys for this year. I purchased mine at Amazon but there are many stockists around which may offer a better deal. The only draw back is I cannot take it away on holiday so I have to resort in a normal toothbrush.
The BRAUN Oral-B 3D Excel D17511 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Recently our electric toothbrush died. It had been feeling its age for a few months - the rechargeable battery not holding its charge for long, the motor getting rough, bits coming off the wall holder. I looked back through the records and found that I had bought it (Braun called it the Oral-B Ultra back then) over three years ago for £ 54.99. Mind you, for the use we have had out of it (the pair of us scrubbing two or three times a day) and the travel it has done (several trips to America and continental Europe) we felt that it did not owe us anything and deserved to be pensioned off. It was not unexpected either as we had used a previous model which also suffered from recharge fatigue after four years of regular use. A trip to the out of town shopping mall (where you can find the likes of Currys, Comet, Miller Brothers as well as House of Fraser together) found a profusion of new models to compare - and indeed Braun seemed to offer at least half a dozen. From the description and specifications on the box, our original model was still available in a slightly updated form as the Oral-B 3D. There are also two 'up market' models in the 3D Excel range, one of which I bought. MY NEW TOOTHBRUSH The box gives you snippets of information and specifications in four languages (English, Italian, Spanish and Portguese). The brush itself is made in Germany. Small pictures demonstrate "Pulsation", "Oscillation","3D Action","Flexisoft Bristles","Interdental Tips" and "Polished Feeling" . The first five of these also feature on the boxes of the other models. "Polished Feeling" is not explained further in the literature but I'm not sure I fully understand (or even want to contemplate) what Braun means when it says "cleans so deep, your teeth feel professionally cleaned"! This Bra
un machine features a slim hand set that holds a rechargeable battery and a timer mechanism (about two minutes) that takes the guesswork out of how long you should brush for. When switched on the head carries out movements in two planes. It oscillates (backwards and forwards around its axis) and pulsates (inwards and outwards) at high speed. The on-off switch controls the speed setting (in the sequence 'on-fast-slow-off') by repeated pressing. On high speed the specifications claim 7600 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations a minute. The low speed pulsates at 30,000 a minute. This model comes equipped with one FlexiSoft® brush head and a series of coloured rings that can be clipped on to its base for identification purposes. The brush head is small and on slender neck. This makes reaching all surfaces of the teeth very easy - even round the back of the molars. The tips of the bristles are rounded to prevent gum abrasion. They are also flexible to prevent damage by too hard pressure. The hand set fits into a wall mountable bracket that contains the recharging inducer that plugs into a standard shaver socket. There is a small green LED which indicates when recharging is taking place. A full recharge lasts two of us between a week and ten days brushing twice a day. We have had no problem recharging using a plug adapter on the lower voltages abroad. The bristles have blue stripes which slowly lose colour with use. With twice a day use they last about two to three months. However, brushing is very economical on toothpaste (you can only fit a small bead onto the brush head). The older brush heads still fit this new unit. If you look carefully you might find the following replacement heads on offer: EB17 Flexisoft®; EB17 Extra soft; EB10 Kids (smaller brush head with Disney designs); IP Interspace; Ortho (designed for cleaning orthodontic appliances) MY OLD TOOTHBRUSH So have I noticed any differences between these two
Braun toothbrushes in use? Well yes: a few, but they are quite subtle. The handset is a little more bulky than the old one (but feels more balanced in my male-sized hand). It also features a blue wrap-around pad which Braun calls its non-slip Control grip. It is less noisy in use although this could be a reflection of the winding down of the old one. Of course, the new base unit would not fit the wall plate of the old one but fortunately the fixing holes matched up with the plugs in the wall. The charging unit projects out from the wall by an inch or so more than the old one. This unit does not have storage facilities for the brush heads. CONCLUSIONS Why buy an electric toothbrush when surveys repeatedly show that a not insignificant proportion of the population don't even own a manual one let alone use one regularly? There is no doubt that your teeth feel cleaner, your mouth fresher with the regular use of an electric toothbrush. This is true of all makes and I believe the choice of model is one of personal preference. I like the Braun for its shape and size. Used occasionally with Braun's interdental bottle brushes it provides the complete dental care kit. It even gets the kids into the regular brushing habit. Indeed the family's teeth have been declared "A1" by our dentist and hygienist since we started using it. In the end we bought ours from Currys (£29.95) - but as indicated above Braun products are freely available these days in most department stores, electrical chains and supermarkets. The brush heads are quite expensive (around £7 for two), although you can often come across special offers. We have seen a pack of three at Tesco for £9 and a pack of four at Sainsbury for £14 plus 800 Nectar points. Paradoxically the cheapest we ever bought (at just under £2 each) was in Prague, Czech Republic. ALTERNATIVE MODELS The Oral-B 3D Excell 17525 (£59.95) has the same
handle and operational specifications. It comes with a charging unit that provides storage space for four brush heads and a pack of three heads is provided. The Oral-B 3D 15511 (£29.01) is a single speed machine (20,000 pulsations a minute) - also with storage space in the wall unit. There are various battery operated Braun brushes at prices down to about £15.
I'm a fairly recent convert to electric toothbrushes and the one I chose to use is the Braun Plaque Remover. This review is of the battery-operated version of the model not the rechargeable model, which is also available. WHY USE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH? One of the biggest problems in dental health is that of plaque. This is the term used to describe an invisible sticky layer of bacteria that is constantly being formed on the surface of your teeth. The food residues that are left behind after eating will be populated by the bacteria, which in turn produce acid that can break down the enamel layer of your teeth. My dentist suggested that I try one of these since they are proven, if used correctly and regularly to reduce the amount of plaque build up. A fluoride containing mouthwash should also be used to reduce dental decay. LOOKS AND STYLE This model is quite stylish, it has a thick handle which narrows to a thin stem leading to a small round brush at the top. The stem part is replaceable when the brush wears out. The batteries are concealed within the handle and the bottom unclips in order to insert or replace them. Part of the handle has a semicircular soft rubber covering to aid grip. Towards the top of this area is a small oval depression with a slightly raised round area which covers the on/off switch. The whole of this surface is water-proof. FEATURES The brush is designed with 'interdental' tips, which simply means that the individual fibres are arranged in distinct clumps with the centre fibres being slightly longer than the outer ones. This arrangement enables a better reach to the areas between the teeth and to the uneven surface of the larger flatter back teeth. The motion of the brush is a high-speed oscillation half a turn clockwise and half a turn anti clockwise. This forward/reverse motion provides a very effective cleaning action, which cannot easily be achieved by
manual toothbrushes without extensive brushing. Indeed it is claimed that with this type of electric brush only four seconds needs to be spent on each tooth to provide a more than adequate cleaning action. The brush head contains some blue coloured indicator bristles. The colour on these will fade to white when the brushes are getting old so you'll know when the brush head needs changing. The frequency of replacement will depend on the type and length of use when brushing but on average they will need replacing every 3-4months. Half way up the brush head stem there is a little window that show the spring responsible for connecting the power supply to the rotation mechanism. Sometimes this can get damaged and snap and the brush head will not turn, if the spring is no longer visible this indicates that it has snapped and the head needs replacing. If the toothbrush isn't working it is worth checking this first. The brush head come with different coloured replaceable rings that fit on the bottom of the stem. These enable the heads to be coloured coded so different members of the family can share the power source of the brush but keep their brush heads separate. This particular model needs two 1.5V type AA batteries. When they are running low you will notice a decrease in the speed of the brush oscillation. A protective cap for the brush head is included to avoid the brush getting damaged or dirty when not in use. HOW TO USE The toothbrush comes with detailed instruction on how to use it but it's not that complicated. You need to put a blob of toothpaste on the brush and wet it with a little water. Place the brushhead on the teeth and switch on. You move the head from tooth to tooth first on the outside then on the inside and finally on the chewing surface. A brushing action is not needed. It is recommended that you spend a least 2 minutes cleaning your teeth. Once you have finished usi
ng it the brush head should be rinsed under running water. Young children should be supervised when using this brush. WHAT'S IT LIKE? The first thing you notice about the brush is that is quite heavy much heavier than an ordinary toothbrush. The switch mechanism is easy to use and responsive to a firm touch. It is simple on/off single switch mechanism. On switching on it does sound quite loud. The feel of the brush is not bad, the vibrations and oscillation are strong but when a soft brush is used it is not uncomfortable. On first using you might find there is slight bleeding from the gums but this should not last if it does then it is recommended you see your dentist. The toothbrush itself is easy to hold and feels comfortable. The biggest advantage over using an ordinary toothbrush is the reach, since a brushing action is not needed the brush head can effectively clean the teeth right at the back of your mouth and the size of the brush head is such that this is not cumbersome to do. The overall use of the brush is easy and after only a couple of minutes of brushing your teeth look and feel cleaner than after brushing with a manual brush. In fact after using this brush and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash my mouth felt really clean and fresh. It's probably the closest you can get to that feeling after your dentist or hygienist has cleaned your teeth. It also has an effective whitening effect is becomes more noticeable after a few weeks regular use. ARE THERE ANY DRAWBACKS? Not really. The batteries don't last as long as you?d like and with regular use they will probably last about as long as the brushheads. The price of the brush itself is quite reasonable; I got mine on special offer from Sainsburys for £7.99 (reduced from a still fairly inexpensive £11.99). The brush came with a set of batteries but the add on cost of the replacement brushheads, at around £6 for two is quite expensive.
For further details >Websites: www.braun.com www.oralb.com or contact Oral-B Laboratories Limited c/o Gillette U.K. Ltd. Gillette Corner Great West Road Isleworth Middlesex TW7 5NP Tel.(0208) 5601234 Taking everything into account I would strongly recommend the Oral B. Thank you for reading and rating this opinion. © Mauri 2002
Short name: Oral-B D7511