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Since my recent discovery of the joy an electric toothbrush can bring, I have been discovering a whole new world of tooth cleanliness and mouth hygiene (exciting I know!)
Because I suffer from occasional bouts of sensitivity, I have been looking at replacement brush heads so I can alternate my brushing routine depending on how I feel that day. Braun offer a wide range of replacement heads for their electric toothbrush range and these replacements are suitable for all styles except the Pulsonic and Sonic models. Flossing, polishing, or just plain brushing you can bet there's a head that does it.
This particular brush head brushes and thats about it but I don't always want my teeth polishing and buffed to within an inch of their lives so this is a good thing. There are also coloured rings provided, I suppose thats so you know whose toothbrush is which but to be honest I didn't really mind these either way as my partner's brush is a different model to mine.
The heads click onto the brushes with ease and click back off to change them again and cleaning...well you don't need to do anymore than rinsing like you would a manual toothbrush.
The pack of two retails at around £7 and you can buy them in Boots where they are usually on offer (currently 1/3 off for the festive period) and similar high street shops like superdrug. Some supermarkets do stock them but the range can be quite limited. Currently Boots sell the 4 and 8 packs of replacement heads - ideal for larger families and these are on offer with a third off. 4 packs retail at around the £10-£12 mark and the 8 packs are currently around £20.
I love that fact that I can pick and choose the brush I have each time I come to replacing my head even if it does cost more than a conventional manual toothbrush, you can't beat the clean feeling and smoothness of your teeth after using an electric toothbrush so I feel that it's definitely worth it.
What's in the pack?
Two replacement heads for a Braun Oral B toothbrush and four coloured rings, allowing you to distinguish your brush from those of others in your household (just don't change your colour too often, or it gets confusing!)
These replacement heads simply click onto the brush. They have a two-tone colour scheme of blue and green bristles. The blue bristles around the edge are tougher, coping with the stickiest substances, while the central bristles are softer, protecting your teeth from over-zealous brushing. There are also some longer bristles that are designed to get in between your teeth.
You know when you need to replace your brush because the blue bristles act as an indicator, turning white when the head is knackered.
I get a much better clean from my electric toothbrush than I ever managed with a manual one, and part of the reason is these heads. Though they're small, they are tough and effective. They spin round really fast, meaning that you can get right into all the nooks and crannies of your teeth to give a really thorough clean.
They're also the only product I've found that fits. No-one seems to make a generic version of toothbrush head to go on Braun/Oral B products!
The main disadvantage for me is the price - at about £8 for two, they are quite a bit more expensive than a manual toothbrush from the supermarket. For those who don't live in towns or cities, availability is also an issue. This isn't a product that many local shops sell, so you need to remember to stock up on them in Boots!
You have to be really careful to clean these heads thoroughly each time you brush. Grime has a tendency to build up around the coloured ring and the inside the head itself, and it gets totally disgusting in a matter of hours if you don't lwatch out! Despite possessing a ventilation hole, the heads also don't dry out very well, tending to trap increasingly dirty water inside the brush unless you remember to separate them out and put them somewhere warm to dry out.
Good heads- but pricey!
Braun Oral-B Pro White Brush Heads
After doing my review on my wonderful Braun Oral-B toothbrush I thought I would write a quick review on these replacement toothbrush heads. I had to replace both my boyfriends heads and mine the other month and seeing as I was on a trip to Argos I thought I would see if they stocked the head replacements. They did and I was drawn to buying a slightly more expensive head as this one claimed it was a PRO!
The head usually cost around £7 for two from Boots but these PRO heads cost me £9.99 pence for the two heads, which is a little bit more, but I thought I would try something new and see how it worked out. I was pretty happy with the results after using the new heads and whether that was because out other brush heads were very worn or truly because this new PRO design really did work better I am not sure but wither way I am very impressed.
The difference in the standard brush head and this new PRO design is the fact that the few middle brushes that the old head held in the centre have been removed and replaced by a yellow rubber type centre which is said to polish and buff the teeth to bring through the natural whiteness.
The head pretty much looks the same with the same colourings of the turquoise bristles and the white bristles although I think they have shaped the PRO brush head slightly different meaning it really attacks each tooth with an enclosed bristle actions. The main difference of course is this rubber centre which to be honest I was fairly apprehensive of because it doesnt really look as comfortable to use as the old design does.
The head will fit any of the rechargeable Braun Oral-B toothbrushes except the Oral-B Sonic. This is fine for me as the head perfectly fit both my boyfriends brush and mine. The heads come with a various array of plastic colour rings so that you can slightly change the look of your brush from time to time. This is no big deal if you choose to use the plastic ring or not and does not at all interfere with the actual use of the brush.
On use of the new brush head I was pleased to feel that the bristles were not that soft, as I do like the feel of something mildly hard brushing away the dirt from my teeth. The bristles are not overly hard though, that they would make the gums bleed or feel uncomfortable to use against sensitive teeth. The centre rubber section actually felt very nice against the main part of my tooth and did not give any discomfort like it thought it might. The rubber centre did not feel that great when moving the brush over the insides of the teeth or across the top of the back teeth but it just seemed like it would take a little while to really get used to using it.
I have now been using this particular brush head for a while and to be honest I have completely got used to the centre rubber section and I have no problems in using it at all. There is no discomfort whatsoever and I do believe that the appearance of my teeth has greatly improved. I think that the claim that the rubber centre polishes up the tooth really is true.
My boyfriend is finding the brush just as good as his teeth, which are far from perfect, have taken on such a nice shine and some of the nicotine/coffee staining that he was so prone to does not seem quite as noticeable as it was before. Of course I do think that the actual act of changing the toothbrush head itself was a good thing to do, as we were both in need of a new one. However the new PRO action of the Braun Oral-B toothbrush head I feel has given our teeth that little extra boost that I always like to have.
If you have yet to try this particular brush head then I would suggest giving it a go as for the small extra price that you will pay I think that added extra shine has got to be worth the extra cost!
A few years ago our family switched from using manual toothbrushes to a Braun electric one. The main reason for the switch was due to a promotional offer. The electric toothbrush was reduced to under £10 from around £25 as the design was being updated. This seemed like a really good deal. An electric toothbrush definitely does a better job of cleaning teeth than a manual one as it rotates a lot more quickly and the small brush heads are able to get between teeth. The toothbrush came with 2 free brush heads too so we were all set to start cleaning.
The real expense comes when you need to replace the brush heads after about 3 months. When I found out the cost of replacement heads I was truly shocked! At about £3.75 each they are much more expensive than a manual toothbrush. However I really think it is worth the expense.
The toothbrush heads come in either packs of 2, 4 or 8. The brush heads are all white with bristles that have a blue stripe down each side. As you use the brush the stripe gradually fades and the bristles begin to fray, then it is time to buy a new one. I really like this idea, as it would be easy to carry on with the same brush when it is past its best. The brush heads are made of plastic, as you would expect, with a hole in the bottom, which fits easily onto the toothbrush. Only brush heads made by Braun will fit Braun electric toothbrushes and there are no cheaper alternatives. Different coloured plastic rings are included in each pack so that each member of the family can have a different colour enabling you to recognise your own brush.
Brush heads designed especially for children are also available at the same cost. These come in a variety of designs such as Disney characters or buzz lightyear. It certainly encourages my children to clean their teeth! Childrens brush heads are the same price as those intended for adults and have the same bristles. I would have liked them to be softer as they are intended for young children. It is possible to buy replacement heads with soft bristles but these are white and not so interesting for children.
The toothbrush heads come packaged in a clear strong plastic pack, which is really difficult to open, and you will probably need scissors. Anyone with difficulty manipulating their hands will really struggle. I wish manufactures would take note and make packaging more user friendly! Once out of the pack the brush heads are very easy to fit onto the toothbrush. I find the heads need replacing about every 3 month more frequently for the childrens brushes.
At the moment Boots are selling these for £7.99 for a pack of 2 or £24 99 for a pack of 8. There are sometimes 3 for 2 offers in Boots so it is worth stocking up if you can afford to! I have price checked and there seems to be little difference in the price where ever you get them.
First things first, I apologize if this opinion may be on the short side but you know there's only so much you can write about toothbrush heads! I've owned an electric toothbrush for a couple of years now and I have to say it's one of the bets things I've ever purchased. Since I've been using one I've never had to have any treatment at the dentist. For a small outlay it?s saved me the dreaded fear of sitting in that dentists waiting room with the ringing of the drill in my ears and shivering up my spine. Braun are at the forefront of electric toothbrushes and offer a number of different options. All essentially clean your teeth but some have fancy extra features that probably don't do a lot for the extra money. The only problem with these electric toothbrushes is that the replacement heads aren't exactly cheap in comparison to your regular toothbrush that costs under £2. For example this particular twin pack retails at £7.99, that's £3.50 a head. For that money you'll get two heads as well as some coloured rings to put on the end if your toothbrush is shared amongst other people in the household. Occasionally you may get some tooth floss thrown in as a freebie. With this item it's not really a case of shopping around, as most shops seem to be the same price. Normally I buy mine from Boots as they occasionally have a '3 for 2' deal on them. This spreads the cost over the long run but not by much. But I also look on it that these brushes are well made and actually provide better dental treatment. If £3.50 means that I have better teeth and gums as well as saving me on dental treatment then it's a small price to pay. Besides the brushes last for a couple of months normally before they have to be replaced. Each head has an indicator, as the bristles will lose colour with use, when they get down to a certain mark or become frayed then its time to replace them. Packaging wise they
are well presented although they're difficult to open without aid of scissors. It's not a big problem but perhaps one that could be made easier. As far as I'm aware these heads fit all Braun electric toothbrushes and I haven't seen any third party replicas on sale. But your pearly whites deserve the expense and using things like this should mean you won?t keep your teeth in a glass overnight in years to come!