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I received this Braun Oral B electric toothbrush as a gift as I felt I wasn't getting the level of cleanliness I should with my old one. It's a great product and has a variety of different brush heads, a compact charging dock and a case for taking it on your travels. I personally find some of the brush heads too harsh and use the polish brush every day. The toothbrush holds it's charge for what seems like ages and I like the way it has a timer that smiles at you after brushing for the recommended two minutes. I use the Oral B toothpaste with it twice a day and honestly feel like I'm getting the same level of cleanliness you feel after a hygeinist appointment. The other plus point for me is that it cleans in between your teeth more effectively, my teeth are so close together I cannot even get floss in the gap but this brush does a really good job.
I've never been a slacker in terms of brushing my teeth, always brushed them after breakfast and before bed. Unfortunately, my lack of ability to stay away from chocolate and sweets has left me with severely decayed teeth.
Though obviously the best thing I could do is stay away from that, I don't think that's going to happen, so the next best thing that I can do is to ensure I brush my teeth the best I can.
I asked for this for Christmas about 3 years ago now. It may seem an odd and/or boring thing to ask for, but I think it's always a good idea to invest in things that you use daily and electric toothbrushes have been proved to be much more effective due to the thousancs of rotations that it undergoes per minute.
At the time this was over £100 but now I imagine you could get it for peanuts as it has been superseded by other newer perhaps more advanced models.
In the box is the toothbrush, the stand, a travel case, charger and a spare head.
You can use a variety of toothbrush heads from the Oral B range, such as the Precision Clean, Floss Action and many others. This is purely a question of personal preference and you can use the different heads on a daily basis leaving the others in the stand which is quite convenient.
There is space for four heads in the stand. I just use it for spares but obviously should you wish to do so, you could in theory use the same toothrush body and have a different head for each member of the family.
There are only two buttons on the toothbrush, one is the power on/off button and the other is the mode button. This is where you can change the mode of the brush, so you can put it to Sensitive or Whitening for example. I don't tend to bother and just leave it on the Daily Clean mode.
The toothbrush shows the power level on the screen. There are four bars and as it runs down to one bar, the power of the toothbrush reduces. I don't like this so always try and keep it on 3 or 4 bars. If you do run it down fully, I think it takes about 20 hours to fully charge. I charge it about once a week.
On the Smartguide unit, once you start brushing, the clock starts counting up to 2 minutes and as you reach every thirty seconds, the quadrant on the screen is lit up. The idea is that you work it round and whent he 2 minutes are up and you have finsihed, the competed circle turns into a grinning face. Continue brushing for another 30 seconds and he turns into a laughing face or gives you a wink.
I dont' like the fact that the screen lights up the quardrants in the same order all the time. I think it ought to vary it to make sure that every bit of your mouth gets equal attention first of all.
If you brush to hard, putting too much pressure on the teeth, a warning light will flash up on the screen telling you to ease off. It also advises you when you need to put a new toothbrush head on and of course, when you aren't brushing it acts like a normal digital clock which is handy in the bathroom.
I've been using this for some years now and am happy with it and sure that it does a better job than a manual brush would do.
This would be a good buy or the updated alternative.
I've never got on well at my dentists. When I was little my childminder used to give me loads of sweets and sugary drinks and tell me "don't tell Mummy!", and as a result I've needed fillings from a young age. By the time I was at uni, although my teeth had improved now I was in charge of my own diet, I would still need some form of treatment at every dental check up- always a clean and polish, and either a filling or a warning that one would be needed next time.
My dentist was very critical of my brushing, and so I was eager to invest in an electric toothbrush. My dentist was fairly critical about them when I asked if there were any makes or models he would recommend. He compared manual and electric toothbrushes to the windows on a car- you can buy a simple car with manual windows, or a more expensive car with electric windows. He said both methods were just as good as each other, but that he personally used an Oral B Braun 9000.
Being an impoverished student, I had to wait until I went on a placement year before I could finally afford to invest in an electric toothbrush. As luck would have it, I found the very model my dentist used at half price in Boots, for £74.99 (RRP £149.99). This does sound very expensive, but I really wouldn't be without it now.
This toothbrush has a 2 minute timer. It is now fairly common knowledge that we are meant to brush our teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes, but how accurately do you estimate 2 minutes if you're not being timed?! The idea with this brush is to spend 30 seconds on each quandrant of your mouth, so it vibrates once after 30 seconds, so you know it's time to move on to the next section. After the full 2 minutes is up, it vibrates twice, so you know the 2 minutes is up.
Once you've brushed for the full 2 minutes a smiley face appears on the screen- you don't get the face unless you've brushed for the full 2 minutes. This may make the toothbrush more appealing for children.
The screen at the front tells you how fully charged the brush is. There are 4 bars of battery, and they fade one at a time. If you use up all 4 bars without charging, then the word "Low battery" will flash at you until you charge it. I find on average this brush needs charging about once every 5-7 days, and that is with 2 of us using it, morning and night. I leave it charging overnight, and my morning "Fully charged" will be displayed on the screen.
The back of the toothbrush is ridged, which is a great feature as it makes the brush really easy to hold, even with wet hands.
It comes with a base station to charge the brush up- this plugs into a normal UK electric shaver socket. Alternatively, you can buy an adapter to allow you to plug it into a standard socket if you don't have easy access to a shaver one.
There is a little holder for toothbrush heads, however I personally found this really tricky to keep clean, as you can't take it apart fully, which means it gets clogged up with dried toothpaste. I've personally stopped using the holder and purchased a china toothbrush head holder instead.
It also comes with a little blue case, which is very handy if you're travelling. I forgot to use the case once, and just popped the brush loose in my suitcase one weekend when I was coming home to visit my family. It was on a jam packed train, and of course someone knocked my case when they were walking past me, and my toothbrush started going off! It was very embarrassing as everyone around me was giggling thinking it was a vibrator. Luckily I managed to get to my suitcase in the tiny amount of space I had, open it and turn the toothbrush off. I never forgot to use the little blue brush case again!
Buying brush heads for this model is a breeze. I did research the price of replacement heads before buying the brush, as I needed to make sure I could afford to get them on a regular basis. There are a variety of different heads- some with a double brush to help you reach right to the back of the mouth, some to help with whitening the teeth, some that help floss while you brush, and of course just the bog standard heads. The typically range in price for £8-£10 for a pack of 2, or about £15 for a pack of 4. I always try to get them while on special offer, so usually get about 1/3 off that price.
The heads have colour indicators on them, so you know when they need to be replaced. This is typically once every 3 months, as recommended by my dentist.
I feel this brush gives my teeth a really thorough clean. When I first started using it, my gums bled slightly because they weren't used to such an intense and thorough clean- please don't let this put you off though, this is simply becasue my manual brushing was not good enough. I bought this brush over 5 years ago now, and it is still going strong. I moved in with my boyfriend almost 2 years ago, and he is now converted to using this brush as well. I am very impressed with how well this brush has lasted, and it is still just as thorough at cleaning as it was the day I got it.
During those 5 years, I have not needed a single clean and polish, and what is more, not a single filling either *dances around the room*. This is truly fantastic, and the cost of the brush and heads has been easily outweighed by the savings from not needing any dental treatment over that time. Of course there is no guarantee that just buying this brush will mean no dental treatment. I am careful with my sugar intake, chew lots of gum after meals, drink lots of water rather than fizzy drinks, and most importantly of all, brush for the full 2 minutes each morning and night.
I never thought I would say this, but I absolutely love my toothbrush! My teeth are looking whiter than have ever done, and it's given my so much more confidence to face the dreaded dental check ups. My advice to anyone looking to invest in a toothbrush would be this:
- Check reviews! User experience is so helpful with this kind of purchase.
- If you can, wait until they are half price- Boots and Argos have half price electrical beauty sales at least 2 or 3 times a year.
- Get the best one that you can comfortably afford- the ones with the higher price tages frequently offer better features so you really are getting more for your money.
- Check how much replacement heads cost, and make sure you get a brush with heads you can comfortably afford to buy on a regular basis. The cleaning won't be nearly as effective if you don't change the head frequently enough.
- Stick with the 2 minutes every time you brush, and make sure you spend equal amounts of time on each quandrant of your mouth.
I will definitely be buying another electric toothbrush if and when mine ever dies. Having looked online, this model doesn't seem to be available anymore. However, I hope it has given you a good idea about the reliability, ease of use, and overall performance of Oral B Braun brushes in general.
Thank you for reading my review!
After a relatively small win on `Ernie`( My very ancient Premium bonds ) I came to a decision.
I have always had an electric toothbrush,my present Sonicare model needed replacing and what better excuse to strike while the iron was hot !
The Oral B Triumph Professional Care 9500 may well see off all of my winnings,but on the other hand it would last me for the foreseeable future.
I made various price comparisons,chemists,supermarket prices and online store and auction prices.
The outcome was a winning bid on Ebay and the toothbrush was mine for £80 including postage and packaging.
Certainly a Premium design,the stainless effect base holds the comfortably gripped curved handle.
There are two brush heads,a Floss Action and a Power Polisher.
Its possible to store four attachments in the base and the whole toothbrush and base has a blue hard plastic travel case.
The charge level is shown in a digital on-screen display,located on the handle.
This display unit also tells you when you have been brushing your teeth for two minutes and when the brush head needs replacing.
I chose the `Soft` mode to clean,its gentle ,but plenty vigorous enough for my delicate teeth.
As you work the brush head gently around the teeth,nothing is felt but a soft `burr`. I am especially careful because I have had my front six upper teeth veneered.
After gently brushing for the two minute period,I then turn to the `Massage` mode,this is primarily to massage my gums.
This is successful without causing any bleeding and the gums feel super clean and fresh.
There are another two settings,one is an all over polish and whitening and the other a more vigorous whole mouth cleaning,but I stick to the two settings that I feel comfortable using.
Ive always used an electric toothbrush and find that very little plaque builds and if any does it is gently removed using the `Soft`mode.
This Braun Electric toothbrush has 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations a minute,which indicates how much cleaning power is available.
The base can be safely put into the dishwasher to clean,and replacement Brush heads can be bought either online or through your chemist.
As long as the brush heads are cleaned well after each use they will last well.
All Braun brush heads are interchangeable,so brushes from an older model will still fit this latest model,a big plus point .
A good quality toothbrush,but I wouldnt expect anything less from Braun.
4 brushing modes: clean, soft, massage and polish / New base station with storage possibility for several different brush heads / Charging by magnetic induction / Short name: Oral-B 9000