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Because he is on the national register of dentists, and dentistry being a rather commercial profession, my dad was sent two of these by Braun a couple of years ago. He gave me one of them, and I have now been using it for about 18 months.
This toothbrush comes in a smart box with an expanded polystyrene insert, containing the brush, charging stand, a spare head and the instruction booklet. It needs to be charged when unpacked. One thing that people have been bothered by is the two-pin plug that comes as standard. I think this is actually a legal requirement as three pin plugs are not water safe, but it would have been nice to include an adaptor plug.
Features and opinions:
High speed pulsations and oscillations - i.e. 3D movement of the head to improve plaque removal
Dual speed, normal and slow - allows for gentler brushing over sore spots like wisdom teeth
Control grip handle for ease of manoeuvrability - rubberized to prevent slipping
2 minute optimum brush timer - brush for the dentist recommended time, with a small 'buzz' every 30 seconds to tell you to move to the next quadrant
Pressure sensor warning - tactile feedback to let you know if you're pressing too hard
Compact charging unit & charging light indicator - includes a wall-mounting bracket
Replaceable Indicator brush head - colour fades to indicate wear
Altogether a good set of features, for a 'mid-range' electric toothbrush, retailing at about £30.
I do now prefer using this elecric toothbrush to my old manual brush, it's true what people say - your teeth really do feel cleaner. One niggle I have with this brush is that the battery life is deteriorating, but it is still good. It used to last a week between charges, now it's more like four or five days. I charge it overnight so I'm not sure how long it takes to charge fully. The replacement heads are inexpensive and widely available, which is good as this could be a sticking point for those considering converting.
Overall a good electric toothbrush - last time I went to the dentist I was told that I clean my teeth very well... I can't take all the credit!
I bought this toothbrush about 5 years ago for £40, as most dentists, including mine reccomend electric over manual for a better cleaning, and of course less chance of needing fillings and what not (I didn't want any more of those!).
What is great about this toothbrush, is you can change the heads of the toothbrush as dentists reccomend changing manual brushes every 3 months, and with this toothbrush you simply change the head and keep the body. I suppose it's similar to buying a printer then every so often replacing the ink when required!
This has so far been pretty effective as I said I have had this toothbrush (the body of course!) for 5 years, so it's simply a case of buying a pack of brush heads to replace the old one, which are commonly sold in many stores, about £10 for 4 replacement heads.
So onto the toothbrush itself. I've noticed that there are alot of newer and perhaps more advanced models since the 7000 model was brought out, however from using this toothbrush I've been really pleased with the results as I'm usually always given a clean bill of health from the dentist, so it must be working!
The toothbrush has two speed settings, however the second one is too slow to bother with if I'm honest. Usually a couple of minutes on the first setting is all you need for clean teeth!
As it is electric, it of course needs charging periodically. However it only really needs doing every couple of months if you leave it on charge for about 12 hours when it has run out, so it has fully charged (it should stop flashing when this has happened), so leave it on during the day or through the night then you should have no problems with it running out on you for a long while.
The design of the toothbrush is also pretty sleek, suitable for both male and females alike. It's fairly light to pick up, however slightly noisy but thats probably to be expected considering it's electric.
As this toothbrush now retails at about £25, I would reccomend it as if mine is anything to go by it will last you well, give you teeth your dentist would be proud of, and of course give a winning smile.
The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 7000 toothrush is one of their higher-end models and typically retails for around £30. The 7000 model offers a few benefits on its predecessors, namely;
- Dual speeds; a lower speed is intended to be useful for sensitive areas.
- A professional timer; the brush 'signals' every 30 seconds to help you brush each quadrant of your mouth equally.
- A 'full charge' indicator (I can't believe lower models don't have this!).
The toothbrush simply comes packaged with one brushhead and a charging stand.
I was disappointed to see that the charger comes with a two-prong plug, which meant I had to purchase a two-to-thee prong converter as I don't have the relevant socket in my bathroom.
Charging the toothbrush is fairly easy; you simply rest it on the stand, and it charges by magic! There is no visible connection; I'm really not sure how it transfers electricity through two layers on plastic, but it does. It took take a while to charge though.
The charge is meant to last up to two weeks; but in my experience this was more like one week. I guess it depends on how often you brush and how long for. I felt that I had to recharge the brush a little too often, which was an annoyance.
The brushhead provided is compact and round; the idea is that surrounds each tooth to clean completely. I found the brushhead suitably sized and soft enough for regular use. They also come with a small plastic band in blue or pink, which is a nice touch as it prevents you from getting your toothbrush mixed up if your partner uses one too! Note that replacement brushheads can be pricey; typically selling at £8.50 for a pack of two.
Oral-B tend to market their '3D patented technology' which sounds futuristic, but in fact it basically means that the brushhead pulsates as well as spins. The 7000 model claims 40.000 pulsations and 8.800 oscillations. The box doesn't say what time-interval this refers to and the figures could be either 40 or 40,000 judging by the full-stop uses. It's all nonsense marketing; all you really know is that it spins pretty fast and cleans very well. It's a little noisy, which actually puts me off using it a bit as I like to be discreet in the bathroom.
I'm confident that an electric toothbrush cleans better than manual brushing, but I'm not convinced that sticking with a manual brush is a detriment to the overall health of your teeth.
Physically, the brush is easy to hold with a rubber grip and looks well designed, with quality materials. I specifically enjoyed the timing features of this brush; it signals every 30 seconds to help you brush evenly, and this definitely helped (by signal, it means the brush stops spinning for a split second a couple of times). It also switches itself off after two minutes.
Overall, I feel that the brush is a tad pricey for what it is, and has a few minor disadvantages such as charging time, noise, etc. However, these disadvantages are likely to be shared by other brands too. Despite this, the brush certainly does its job well, gives a great clean feeling, and feels build to last. If you want an electric toothbrush you can't go far wrong with a ProfessionalCare 7000, providing you expect the features mentioned above.
I have bought this toothbrush some 8 or 9 years ago at my dentist and to my surprise it is still running strong now.
While the 7000 is a rather old model, it cleans very thoroughly and can use the basic "Precisicion Clean" brush heads, though not some of the fancier whitening heads. It has 2 modes: Normal clean and Sensitive. The first button press results in the strong clean mode and pressing the button the second time will slow the brush movements down to the sensitive mode. Pressing the button a third time turns the brush off again.
Normally, charging the toothbrush fully will take about 8-9 hours and that should last up to a week when brushing your teeth twice a day for a bit longer than 4 cycles. However, as you may imagine, after the many years of service, the charging times have gone up to about 11 hours and the brush's battery only lasts about 3 days - the indicator charging light also stopped working.
The toothbrush has a bit of a life of its own and will stutter every 30 seconds when turned on. This is an indicator that you should move from one quadrant in your mouth to the next. While this is not absolutely necessary, its still helpful to keep track of time.
Mechanical toothbrushes like this one oscillate on their own and do not require you to perform any brushing movvements - simply move the toothbrush slowly from one area to the next. Still, that doesn't mean you can't gently brush while it is running to clean some hard-to-reach areas. In fact, my dentist recommended that I do so.
Ever since using this brush, I have had minimal amounts of plaque and dentists have been surprised how well my teeth have been kept, considering I see the dentist maybe once a year at most.
However, I should note that brush heads are not cheap and while advertised as lasting up to a month, usually start getting painful to use after two weeks, when the hairs point in all kinds of directions!
I would warmly recommend this brush to anyone looking for a cheap and reliable brush. However, as is the case with technology, you may find the newer models more to your liking - i.e the 1000, 2000 or 3000 Professional Care. As you can see the numbering is a bit strange, which is why I included it here.
I have never used an electric toothbrush before, and was always under the impression that a manual toothbrush is better. HOW WRONG WAS I!!!!!!
This toothbrush is amazing, my teeth have never felt so clean and you notice how great this toothbrush is after only 1 use. I can't wait until I have been using it for several months as the results will be amazing.
Simple to use, and the small toothbrush head makes it easy to get to all the hard to reach places in your mouth. With 2 different speeds of fast and slow you will be able to find the right setting to suit your sensitivity. The toothbrush is light and easy to handle and comes with a charger.
I bought this for my wife for Christmas, but bought one for myself as my wife couldn't stop saying how great it is. Amazon were selling these for £20 when I bought them, as were on a 1/2 price special offer. A bargain but even worth paying £50 for.
Your teeth literally start to shine after using this for a while, and slowly the stains fade away. I guarantee you will notice the difference after 1 use to a normal manual toothbrush.
To keep the toothbrush in tip top working order you need to replace the toothbrush heads every 3 months. Replacement heads are around £9.99 for 4 which is reasonable.
The only slight thing is the very bright blue light that flashes when you charge the toothbrush. It is like a police car in your room! I now put it in the bathroom so it doesn't light the room up!!!! I think it is best to charge the toothbrush daily which takes a couple of hours, as if it needs charging from empty you are talking over 12 hours to get fully charged as uses a trickle charge!!!!!
You will be smiling from ear to ear with this product =D
This is the first time I had changed from a traditional manual toothbrush to an electric one and I must admit I will never go back as my teeth feel so much more cleaner and smoother after using the Braun Oral- B Professional Care 7000 which is a bit of a mouthful for a toothbrush as far as names go but thankfully it has a relatively small head so it is easy to use.
This is a rechargable toothbrush and initially it had to charge for about ten hours however now I charge it up about once every ten days or so and it does not take long.
It was not cheap and lots of places had it at £49.99 which is a lot however I managed to buy on the net for £29.99 and given how good it is I think it has been money well spent.
It has two pulsing actions when it is operating which is designed to break down the plaque on your teeth and also help prevent gum disease and it is quite powerful as it has over 660 oscillations a minute.
It is easy to clean you just run the head under the cold water tap, the recharger is a two pin plug so if you do not have a shaving socket then you need to buy a three pin adapter to recharge it.
I also like the fact that the heads have coloured bristles which tell you when it is time to change them and I find the body of the brush to be quite flexible and easy to manoveur aroud your mouth.
Definately a good buy in my opinion.
3D Excel Brushing Action: With two simultaneous brushing motions, the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 7000 Series cleans deep and removes significantly more plaque than a manual toothbrush / The Oral-B ProfessionalCare 7000 Series combines a compact round brushhead with a unique pulsing 3D action to help prevent and even reverse gum disease / The combination of high speed pulsations and the oscillating rotating technology pioneered by Oral-B has been shown to reduce plaque and gingivitis more effectively than a manual toothbrush / The brushhead moves in-and-out 40,000 times per minute reaching deep to loosen plaque / at over 660 movements per second / Short name: Oral-B 7000