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I have always been a fan of electric toothbrushes, im a big fan of dental hygene, probably a freak.
I managed to pick this up on special half price offer and cant reccomend it enough.
It has a built in timer to tell you when you are finished with that quater of your mouth and when to move on to the next.
There is a hard mode for using on your teeth and a much softer mode for using on any sensitive teeth or gums.
I hate the feelig of having something on my teeth, after a whole day i get a feeling that they are covered in something so i use this, i can say its the first time ive felt like ive had a completly clean mouth and i used to brush my teeth religiously.
With this you can use itin the morning and it leaves your teeth feeling great.
It also comes with its own charging stand where you can store many different brush heads which is why i would also reccomend it for family, just one is needed and everyone in the household can keep their own brush head in a different compartment.
Because its sonic it basicly knocks the plaque and other dirt straight from your teeth.
Dont be tempted by cheaper versions that are electric, they arent sonic. they just buzz around your mouth rotating.
Nothing has come close to the clean feeling that this toothbrush has left after use.
Its something you splash out on to keep for life, great value if you buy a pack of heads and everyone in the house has a brush head each.
About two years ago when I went to the dentist's to have plaque removed (which I have done every four months) the assistant said that my gums didn't look too good because I obviously used too much force when brushing and she asked which toothbrush I used. I answered, "Oral-B Professional Care 5000, you recommended it to me." She wasn't embarrassed at all but went on, "We know better now, you should use Oral-B Sonic Complete, it's more advanced technologically." The advertising slogan 'Recommended by Dentists' is true in my case. Because they're really convinced of the quality or because they get nice presents from the company every now and then I don't know.
Oral-B is still sold under the name Braun (this German firm was founded in 1921, it's famous world-wide for its excellent industrial design), yet in 1967 the Gillette company acquired a majority holding of the firm. In 1963 Braun developed the first electric toothbrush and in 1991 the world's first electric toothbrush with a round cup-shaped brush head and innovative oscillating movement was launched. This innovation has become the most successful electric toothbrush worldwide and one of the main product categories in the Gillette portfolio.
Both Oral-B types I've had are rechargeable electric toothbrushes - also known as 'power' toothbrushes - using oscillating technology (when fully charged they can be used for twelve days without recharging according to the leaflet, I haven't tested this). The main difference between them and manual toothbrushes is that you don't move your hand up and down but only guide the brush head to all parts of the mouth, the toothbrush then does the brushing action itself.
The bristles of an Oral-B Sonic Complete toothbrush vibrate extremely fast, they generate as many as 30,000 strokes per minute in contrast to the 20,000 of the Oral-B Professional Care 5000. It isn't necessary to press hard and scrub which so often results in irritated gums.
The body of the toothbrush looks good in dark blue, light blue and silver. It lies well in one's hand, the back is covered with a rubber like material so that it doesn't slip out of the user's hand if wet. What I find tricky, however, is that the on/off button lies precisely under my thumb. One may think that this is where it should be so that the toothbrush can be switched on with one hand, but the problem I have is that I occasionally switch off the toothbrush by mistake while brushing. I don't know how to place my thumb to avoid this. It's not a big deal but a bit annoying. The switch has two steps, 'clean' and 'soft', the dentist's assistant told me to use 'clean' only.
What puzzled me with my old toothbrush, the stuttering and vibrating of the timer, doesn't puzzle me any more, I've learnt now that the two-minute timer (with a short stutter when 30 seconds have passed) is there to remind me to brush properly, upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left. Both morning and night. "Two minutes, twice a day".
One should start with the outside surface of the teeth, proceed to the inside and then to the chewing surfaces and behind the back teeth. The last procedure is the most difficult one for me and I'm reprimanded (heehee) regularly by the plaque removing assistant that I don't do it thoroughly enough but that isn't the fault of the toothbrush. The brush head must glide slowly from tooth to tooth remaining in place for a few seconds against each tooth before moving on to the next. The next step is to direct the brush along the gum line and upon the gums. Pressing and scrubbing is to be avoided. It's a real science and must be trained at the beginning!
Oral-B Sonic Complete promises complete mouth care, the prevention of tooth decay and the reversion of gingivitis for firmer, healthier gums. It whitens your teeth 25% better by removing more coffee, tea and tobacco stains than other Oral-B toothbrushes. I can't comment on this, although I've been drinking tea for decades I've never had the impression that I've got brown teeth and as to removing plaque, well, only to a certain extent. If the removal were complete, I wouldn't have to appear at the dentist's every four months for plaque removal, would I?
A brush head should only be used for three months. When I bought my Sonic Complete toothbrush I found an address in the instruction leaflet where one can register. They promise to send an e-mail every three months as a reminder to buy a new brush head. I found that a good idea, registered but never heard a thing from the people. Ersatz brushes can be stored in a small compartment behind the toothbrush which I don't do, I'm sure they'd fall out all the time.
As a user of an Oral-B Sonic Complete toothbrush I'm also advised to graze the brush head along my tongue and the roof of my mouth, back to front, to help freshen my breath. I've never done this and will never do this, the mere idea of brushing my tongue gives me the creeps. I pour some drops of mouthwash into the water I gurgle with after the brushing procedure and think that's enough.
To come to a conclusion: I think that the Oral-B Sonic Complete toothbrush is a top product in the range of rechargeable electric toothbrushes but using it doesn't guarantee healthy teeth forever. Daily flossing and regular professional plaque removal are also vital. And then, people using manual toothbrushes who floss and have their plaque removed regularly can also have good teeth. An electric toothbrush is not a must in my opinion, it's something for gadgets-and-toys loving people. I'm not a Luddite, the Oral-B people give themselves away on the German site where they state that the Sonic Complete toothbrush is 'as gentle for teeth and gums *as a soft manual toothbrush*!
Seen on www.amazon.co.uk for 49.99 GBP.
Braun's Oral B Sonic Complete toothbrush has been designed to provide an all round cleaning experience. Which indeed it does
The look of the brush is very pleasing - streamlined and clinically white. It has three main modes (clean, soft & massage), which can be cycled through by pressing the main button on the front of the device. Clean is for your teeth, soft for your tounge and any sensitive areas.
Cleaning is excellent I could immediately tell and see the difference between this and my old electric toothbrush, plus the sonic vibration is not an unpleasant experience. Every 30 seconds, the brush vibrates as a cue to move to the next section of the mouth. The whole brushing cycle lasts 2 minutes, giving you 30 seconds for each quarter of the mouth.
Charging takes a while I advise leaving it overnight. During this time the charger blinks blue LED. When the blinking stops, the charge is complete. I found that although it worked well when charged up if left it without charging it did not seem to go the distance I took it away for a few days and I could tell the difference.
I got mine with a couple of replacement heads so should last a few months on the downside there are expensive to replace around £7 to £8.
I would recommend the Sonicare, as it's efficient, very effective and reliable. Teeth feel clean, and the timed system is excellent for ensuring you spend enough time brushing each quarter of your mouth. I bought mine at tesco's on special offer for £50 which seemed a good deal I have seen it for a lot more else where, having said that it should it last you years (replacement heads aside), so give it a try.
I bought this toothbrush 3 months ago as I felt my teeth were not as white as they used to be and I was concerned that my ordinary toothbrush wasn't doing a good enough job.
After doing some research online I chose this brush as it had good reviews. Alos it was on offer in my local tesco for 60.00 reduced from 100.00 so I decided to give it a go. the box also states results guaranteed or your money back which on closer inspection means that if you are not happy you can return the brush to head office with your receipt and have full refund.
The first time I used the brush I was impressed as my teeth felt much cleaner afterwards and my mouth felt really fresh. There are two modes on the brush clean and soft so you can choose the slower mode on more sensitive areas or to clean your tongue.
The brush also has a timer so that you are reminded to clean your teeth for the recommended two minutes. This is basically a vibration which goes off every 30 seconds so you do the four quarters of your mouth. I found this useful as I never clearn my teeth for long enough.
The brush is rechargable and comes with a spare toothbrush head so two members of the family could use it if you wanted. They recommend you change the brush heads every 6 months.
Since using the brush twice a day I have noticed a difference; my teeth do look a bit whiter and my gums seem healthier. I think it's worth the money!
When the first Sonic toothbrush came to my attention it was around 1998 that the company Ultrasonex seemed to have the perfect brush on the market. However as a student I staved off buying one because I never saw any replacement brushes anywhere else other than at Argos. Instead I went for a mass company name in the UK such as Philips and during that time amidst other reviews of the same brush, I was lucky to have a brush model that didn't lose power after a week's use.
Philips Sonicare ranges have improved over the years and up until now its only been recently that my old brush unit has started to lose power. Therefore a new one had to be sought and bought whilst still using from time to time my battery powered Braun "standard" cordless toothbrush reserved for traveling and term time addresses on contract supply jobs away from home.
The advent of Sonic brushes are slightly different to the turning power of a normal standard cordless toothbrush, and unless you have had a Sonic brush for many years in tandem with a standard cordless brush, most consumers won't know the difference but believe the hype that follows each brush. In use, my Sonic brush has been a god send, not only able to move the hardest of dirt around my teeth and gums but also ruling out any eventual visits to the hygienist. My dentist has also remarked many times the improvement of my gums following the use of a Sonic brush, so to the best of my experience this is one of the reasons to why I prefer a Sonic brush over the cordless standard brushes available on the market. Sonic brushes are slightly different to the oscillating types you can normally buy; they vibrate at a higher frequency than those without the Sonic technology, therefore able to remove more dirt cleanly and freely without disturbing gums or sensitive and fragile dental treatment.
After some research I decided that since I was the owner of a battery powered Braun toothbrush I would stick to this company rather than Philips. The reason being purely for the fact that spare brush heads are available on a far wider national scale at newsagents, pharmacies, and anywhere in fact that sells ranges of toothbrushes and toothpastes. The problem however was finding a model that Oral B & Braun that produces which is additionally Sonic compared to my battery powered standard Oral B toothbrush.
The Professional Care 9000 however is particularly pricey. At many stockists such as Boots who sell this model I was shocked to discover that it is priced around £100 and for what you are getting with this model there are a wealth of features plus three extra replacement heads. Perhaps then it is worth the price that Oral B & Braun have suggested although I'm aware that some dentists have been able to sell this at their businesses between £40 and £60. I wanted to be one of those clients! On EBay however I managed to find such a seller who was selling a couple of these units, brand new at the £60 asking price and with postage included in this price, who I was to argue over the high street price with £40 reserved for my pockets as a saving? Braun have now brought out another model so this original model has dropped in price - so its well worth checking the prices online as well as the high street.
When the Sonic brush arrived, I was really surprised to find that I received three extra heads with the unit and they can be colour coded just like the thin Oral B heads I get with my Braun battery model and in turn means that one Sonic brush can be used by four people in a family thanks to the green, blue red and yellow rings which can be clipped to the bottom of each replacement head. Nothing new there - if you're the owner of any Braun Oral B unit. If you're not then the coloured rings are simple but effective, reminding me of the simplicity of Braun as a company rather than Oral B.
Each Sonic head however has a ribbed underside that suggests some tongue scraping action although in general use the brush does feel very comfortable and smooth and unlike the standard round type of the "Advanced" design, the Professional Care series has a proper oval sized head that looks like a normal brush with more spread out bristles and a softer feel compared to the hard compactness the round heads offer. Generally a brush should last between 3 to 5 months but they will start to change their colour on the top filaments of the brush just to let you know they are on their way out - which is very handy - and mirrors the round brush heads you can buy for Braun's other ranges of electric toothbrushes.
Included with the three extra heads is a rather nifty stand that acts as the battery charger. There is also a flap which can be pushed on at the back that allows the stand to be wall mounted and Oral B/Braun go to the bother of including two Plasplugs and two cross head screws for this very purpose. Built into the design of the brush holder and battery charger, a spring loaded flap reveals three separate cubicles where the spare heads can be stored; how times move on; I never got this with my Sonicare Philips toothbrush!
Another added extra or convenience depending on how you look at it, is a frosted plastic travel case that houses both the hand unit and a spare replacement brush head. Whilst it has the company logo on it I must stress that this plastic box is nothing new and it isn't made of the toughest plastic. Already I've travelled with it and found it hard to store the toothbrush and one spare head in it. By the luck of God and a short prayer, the box lid did manage to curve over and snap shut locking both the brush unit and the spare head in - but Braun can afford to make this case bigger and with extra plastic quality.
Setting up the brush to use is no problem and those with an Oral B/Braun brush already will recognise putting on a head onto the unit with no problems. All it takes is to put the brush head onto the spindle, pushing it down and lock into place; no twisting involved and no need to worry that the brush will snap off in the roughest of hands.
The controls on the unit consist of a metal chrome touch sensitive button that controls the activation. Push once and the brush will activate its normal high brushed program accompanied by a green light on a three light traffic light style vertical design; click twice and it will lower its speed into a soft and gentle mode with its corresponding light shining in light blue. Click again and it goes into its slowest mode, the "gentle massaging," function and its light shines correspondingly in red. I must point out however that in use, although the third low powered function may well offer an expected "gentle" action according to its program, I find the massage speed to have the worst grating effect ever from the motor. Yet whilst Braun offer this program, it would be better to offer something a lot quieter, particularly for people who may be scared of an electric brush as opposed to traditional means -and it doesn't exactly give a gentle massage either, but more of a slower jarring effect as the softer bristles hunt about teeth and gums seeking out dirt. At least receding gums - which is not an effect caused or helped by an electrical or traditional toothbrush - are kept minimally receding with very little blood emerging on any one of these speeds, but the slowest speed is softer out of all three, only putting me off its use because of the louder grating noise coming off the motor.
The high and middle brush programs are to say the least, extremely effective however. The first time I used this, I got the same effect as I had done with my Philips Sonicare; all the gums tingle and each tooth feels like it has been properly scrubbed. Access around my mouth is generally small but the Braun had no problem due perhaps to its longer neck and angled head which gets into tight crevices between teeth and interdental work. The softer brush is therefore welcome around fillings and crowns in my mouth although generally even on the highest setting and leaving my gums tingling and feeling as if they are sparkling and fresh, the Braun is never abrasive even if you apply pressure on the handle. Unlike my Philips which had the option to change the quad timer when set in the charger and changed at the time, the Braun doesn't offer the option to change down. Instead I still receive a slight vibration different to the one that is in built to give it its Sonic technology that reminds me to change the four quarters of my mouth in use.
Maintaining the brush is just as easy as it is to holding and using it. Braun have suitably dressed this model in a sea blue and white colouring and on the body of the unit itself it is sheathed in a permanent clear soft feel wrapping, similar to cellophane even though the latter can be removed. This allows the hand unit to be washed down completely, even if you fear that you drop it in the water of the sink when rinsing out your mouth - the hand unit can still be used. However thanks to its smooth texture, there are times when I have dropped the brush accidently because there are no actual grips set into the unit that you can grip your hand onto. This also provides problems in terms of its overall design; I find that when I'm using the brush my finger accidently brushes past the chrome ON button only for the 9000 to go into a different motor brush mode and this can be off putting thanks to the very little design thought put into the actual handle when holding the brush in your mouth.
The weight of the 9000 is however better than the 2 AA battery powered Braun I have. Lightweight and with a thin body, the 9000 provides a very comfortable and easy to use brush, both on using and maintaining; as with most Oral B brush heads, the Sonic brush heads have water perforation holes set into the neck and the water can flow through those holes when washing or when taking the head off. And typically as with most Oral B products, the heads also have a built in indicator on the top line of brushes, turning white and leaning out when it is time to replace against their uniform line and dark blue colour when the brushes are new. Since bought a couple of months ago, I find that my 9000 will happily last between a 2 to 3 week charge.
The downside to the 9000 is the charging time after it loses power; it takes 16 hours from the first time you use it, to completely charge up the battery but thereafter takes 8 to 12 hours of charging thereafter. I find that a bit too long for a brush unit which is priced at a premium level regardless of the fact that there is no actual battery indicator to show when the brush is loosing power, therefore you're a loss to be able to really tell after a long duration when its starting to go.
Is it worth £100 though? For the three speeds, three extra cleaning heads that fit safely into the same battery charger and all in one toothbrush holder not to mention the quick and efficient Sonic brush cleaning action built into a wet protected slim and easy to control unit, I'd say £100 is a good deal particularly when each brush head costs around £12-99 for a pack of two from Boots and other Pharmacies and in the box you get three free heads to get you started. Aside from some minor problems, the Sonic Professional 9000 deserves to do well from Braun and Oral B. The brushes have an average time of 3 to 5 months on their own and the pack of 2 therefore provides a good option for yearly replacement. The only problem you may find is being able to find one! Thanks for reading. © Nar2 2008
** UPDATE NOVEMBER 2008 **
John Lewis are selling 2 replacement heads at a cost of £6-99.
Up until approximately eight months ago, I was using your normal, everday toothbrush, no electric to improve clean, no tongue cleaner and no 'feel good factor' if you like, as the toothbrush circled around my mouth. I'd use to saunter into the bathroom at about eight o' clock in the morning and eight o'clock in the evening and give my teeth a nice hammering for about a minute or so.
One day, in January time, I went to my dentists, and I complained to her, having being told that my teeth were reasonable, that for the last month or so, I had being experiencing gum problems! Having discussed the issue with my dentist for a good period of time, she strongly recommended using a Braun Oral-B Sonic Complete electric toothbrush, which could be purchased from the dentist surgery for a great price of just £50. You may initially think that that is a lot of money to be spending on something as meger as a toothbrush, but appreciating that the product should have cost £100, my Mum and I were 'well chuffed' with the deal we got! And, to be honest I've never looked back since!
Everything from the cheesy two minute timer which came with it, to the magnificent feeling that the toothbrush gave you when you placed it in your mouth, just made you have to smile when your saw it! This may sound rather sad, but, for the first time in my life, I actually looked forward to the times when I cleaned my teeth, which, by a complete accident from me increased to three times a day!
Analysing the brush carefully, you can see that the bristles are uniquelly aranged. Furthermore, there were criss-cross bristles which were apparently deliberately designed to reach deep and to clean in between teeth! Also, the packaging informed me that there were also Power Tip bristles designed to reach more difficult spots of the mouth - spots, which with your normal average toothbrush often will get neglected!
One of the great aspects of the brush in my opinion is the fact that you can chose the mode that you would like your teeth to be brushed in! Firstly, you can have the most important, Clean, whereby the brush seeks to clean the teeth fully. Also, the soft and massage mode, that lets you fully enjoy the clean. Both modes cater for the need of your own mouth! The brush is rechargeable and will therefore not run out of charge!
In terms of disadvantages, there aren't many to tell you the truth. Many people will obviously think the the price is rather extravagent, but I can tell you now, it is money, very well spent. All you need to do in the bristles get too bristly is to replace the head; no need to change the whole brush!
All in all, this really is a great toothbrush and may I congratulate the guys at Oral B for their magnificent effore in producing this trully great product!
Braun's Oral B Sonic Complete toothbrush has been designed to provide an all round cleaning experience.
The look of the brush is very pleasing - streamlined with no unnecessary lumps or bumps. It offers three main modes (clean, soft & massage), which can be cycled through by pressing the main button on the front of the device.
Cleaning feels good, and is not an unpleasant experience. Each time thirty seconds passes, the brush vibrates as a prompt to move to the next section of the mouth. The whole brushing cycle lasts 2 minutes, although you can repeat as necessary.
Charging takes a while - around 14 hours to be precise. During this time the brush is placed on the plastic charger, and blinks a blue LED. When the blinking stops, the charge is complete. The Sonic complete lasts for about three weeks between charges, which is very impressive.
The downside is the cost of the replacement brush heads, which are around £8 for 2. They do last a while however, but should be replaced every few months.
I would recommend the Sonicare, as it's efficient and reliable. Teeth feel clean, and the timed system ensures that they are well brushed. It is quite expensive for what is essentially just a toothbrush, but it will last you years, so give it a try.
I bought the Oral B Sonic Complete due to ongoing toothache and gum problems. A family trip to Center Parcs was completely marred for me as I had chronic toothache throughout, and dare not venture in any of the more boisterous pools in case someone inadvertently knocked my poor mouth.
Many years of over brushing with a manual toothbrush seemed to have been caused my gums to recede, thus making my teeth far too exposed and over sensitive to any extremes of temperature or sensation. I knew I was to blame, as my toothbrushes wore out far quicker than anyone else's I knew; I was just being far too heavy handed with the brush. Enough was enough, and I needed to do something. Upon inspection my gums were receding in places above my front molars, and I needed to find a less abrasive method of cleaning my teeth.
I had not used an electric toothbrush since I was a child, and remembered them as being pathetic little things that lightly buzzed over your teeth, and didn't really seem to do much cleaning. However, I was soon to learn that electric toothbrushes have come on a fair bit since the 70's.
** The dangers of over brushing your teeth **
Over brushing (or too much pressure on your teeth/gums) can cause damage to your tooth enamel as well as your gums. Unchecked, over brushing can lead to gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include soreness, swelling and bleeding to the gums. Untreated, gingivitis can lead to receding gums, loss of teeth, abscess/infection and trench mouth. What I liked about the idea of an electric toothbrush was that it would do much of the brushing for me, and I would be less tempted to be as heavy handed as I was with a manual toothbrush. Similarly, some of the models I looked at had timer devices on them, meaning I would be reminded to stop over brushing my teeth quite so often, and keep to the recommended two minutes twice daily.
** Costs and Availability **
I had a trawl through the usual websites looking at prices, and kept coming back to the cheaper version of the Braun Oral B Sonic Complete, as it seemed to offer everything I needed, at a reasonable price, and without too many unnecessary bells and whistles.
This brush is quite common and can be purchased in most high street shops selling electrical goods. You can buy it at Boots or Comet for around £100.00. However, you will pick up a better bargain online to be honest. I purchased mine through Amazon, where it cost a lot less at £75.99, fully inclusive of postage and packing.
Although the unit comes with two free toothbrush heads, replacement heads can be purchased for around £9.99 for a packet of two, both online and in the high street (Boots may be your best option).
** What's in the box? **
Every model sold features not just the toothbrush itself, but two brush heads and a white plastic recharging base. The charger base has a lidded storage area at the back, where you can stick your spare brush heads to keep them clean and dust free, until you're ready to replace the brush head on your toothbrush. Each box also contains a wall holder which can be mounted onto your bathroom wall easily enough (I say "easily enough", as the diagram in the instruction manual looks simple enough, but I haven't actually mounted mine on the bathroom wall). Every toothbrush comes with a fully rechargeable nickel cadmium battery, which is sealed into the end of the toothbrush. The toothbrush can be recharged in any shaver socket, or you can buy an adaptor which plugs it into any standard plug socket. Every unit sold comes with a full two year warranty from Braun.
** Appearance **
The toothbrush is a smooth, tapered, slim looking unit in aquatic looking blues and greens. Despite being considerably thicker than a manual toothbrush, this unit is incredibly lightweight to hold, and only slightly longer in length than a manual brush. It's made from a very durable plastic, which is completely waterproof. It has an easy grip handle, and the base of the unit has a slightly ridged feel to it, which makes it much easier to grip and hold onto whilst cleaning your teeth. I tend to get into a bit of a mess whilst cleaning my teeth, and end up with toothpaste, water and dribble all over my hand and the toothbrush. There are no problems with this toothbrush at all though, it rinses easily clean under the tap.
Each unit has a large silver on/off button to its centre. Underneath this, are the lights indicating the various brushing options of Clean or Soft mode, and further down is neon blue light for the recharging indicator. The whole unit is powered by a fully rechargeable battery, which sits snugly inside the plastic casing, and should not be tampered with.
The brushes sit on the tapered end of the toothbrush, and the toothbrush head is very easily pulled off and pushed on. There will always be a small 2mm space between the brush head and the unit in order to allow the brush head a full range of motion in the cleaning process. The tooth brush heads are a good, decent size, which I like. A lot of the models I considered in my quest to find a good electrical toothbrush had tiny brush heads, and I wanted one with a "normal" sized toothbrush head like you get with manual toothbrushes. The toothbrushes have multi-textured bristles, which are also multi-angled so as to reach between the gaps in your teeth, and get to those harder to reach areas. The criss-cross bristles are ideal for cleaning the surfaces of your teeth and going over the gum line. There are also interdental bristles, which are slightly raised, in order to reach between the teeth. At the tips of the brush there are slightly longer power tip bristles, which are designed to clean the harder to reach areas of your mouth.
** Operation **
There are two modes to the cheaper version of the brush. The first is a gentler and quieter mode called Soft mode. The Soft programme is designed for cleaning the sensitive mouth areas and your tongue. When you first start using this brush, the sensation really does feel weird in your mouth, so it's best to start off in this mode so your teeth, gums and tongue get used to the feeling. I was convinced I hated my new toothbrush for the first week or so of use, as I really did not like the sensation in my mouth. It felt tickly and itchy, and I was not at all sure I would get used to it. However, you do find the initial weird sensation wears off as your teeth, mouth and gums get used to it.
The second mode is Clean, and this is a little bit stronger and really does the job of getting your teeth feeling smooth and clean. It is also great at removing plaque and build up in those harder to reach areas between your teeth and gums.
The unit is best held with a light grip and angled towards the gumline. Sometimes I spread the toothpaste all over my gums and teeth before I switch the unit on and start cleaning. Other times, I will just put the toothpaste on the brush itself and then switch it on. However, you do get better coverage and cleaning to your teeth, if you spread the toothpaste over your gums and teeth first.
To start the toothbrush up, you press the large silver on/off button halfway down the base. The toothbrush will automatically start to vibrate in the softer and slower Soft mode. If you press the on/off button once more, it shifts up a gear into the stronger and faster Clean mode. To turn the toothbrush off, you press the on/off button once more. The toothbrush is really very quiet, and not at all noisy to operate.
Braun recommends that the brush is moved gently over the teeth in a slightly circular motion, as this will allow the brushes to reach both between the teeth and around the gums. You should only use a very light pressure, as the electrical pulses of the toothbrush should be doing the hard work for you. It really is very simple to use, and being so lightweight to hold makes cleaning your teeth feel somewhat less of a chore.
The brush needs to be massaged gently over your gums and teeth for no more than two minutes to get an optimum result. This toothbrush comes will a fully built in professional timer programme, which tells you when to move onto the next section of your teeth. It's best to spend 30 seconds on the first bottom half of your jaw, and then move on to spend 30 seconds on the second section of your bottom teeth, and so on. The brush will miss a slight beat whilst you are brushing, and this is your 30 second indicator to move onto another section of your mouth. After two minutes, the brush will give three small beats as a sign that brushing should be completed. Having not read the instruction manual properly (I'm a woman...what do you expect....), I was not aware of the timing signals on this brush for many weeks. I was convinced I had a faulty brush that kept cutting out. I now know better.....
** Recharging and Replacement Heads **
To recharge your toothbrush, you place the whole unit (brush head and all), into the charger base. It slots in really easily, and you immediately know it's working as the neon blue charge indicator lights up. The blue charging light will blink on and off for the entire charge period, and only stops blinking once the unit is once again fully charged and ready to go. I find if I pop my toothbrush onto charge overnight, it tends to be ready to go by the morning. If you have completely run it down, it does take at least 16 hours to fully recharge.
According to the instruction manual, the toothbrush will need to be recharged every 14 days or so. Personally, I find that I need to recharge mine every 7 to 10 days, but that is purely because I often go beyond the recommended two minute timer for cleaning my teeth (old habits die hard, but I am working on it).
I also find it slightly annoying that the brush does not come with some kind of indicator on it to show when the battery is getting low. I can almost guarantee that there will no juice left in my toothbrush on the morning when I have overslept, and am late for work. If there was a level indicator somewhere on the brush, this would avoid the need to try and remember when it needs recharging. However, to be fair, once you've had the brush a while you can tell when the power is getting low, as begins to get a little sluggish and the on/off switch is slower to react.
Braun recommend that you replace the toothbrush head every three months or so. The box you receive should contain a handy set of stickers printed with the months to act as a reminder. The stickers can be lightly stuck to the recharging unit. If you have forgotten to replace your toothbrush head, Braun have also come up with another handy indicator to point out the error of your ways. New brushes have sky blue indicator bristles, which fade to white with use, thus demonstrating it's time for a new brush head.
This brush is suitable for all ages, although parental supervision is recommended for anyone under the age of 3. It can be used on fillings, crowns and bridges without a problem, but perhaps the gentler Soft mode is best used on any teeth/gums which have been recently worked on by your dentist.
** Do I recommend it? **
Yes, I do. My teeth have never felt cleaner. It's really pleasant to run your tongue over your teeth after you've brushed, it really is amazing how much smoother they feel. The nasty darker marks between my teeth are fading, as the bristles on this brush are much more effective at reaching behind and around the gaps in my teeth. Similarly, my gums feel a lot less sensitive nowadays, and they are definitely happier dealing with both hot and cold food/drinks. Since my manual brush has been shown to my wastepaper bin, the temptation to put too much pressure on my teeth during my morning and evening cleaning routine has gone. The electric brush now does the hard work for me. I am working on the over-brushing, but the timer device on this unit really does serve as a handy prompt.
** Main Features **
- Fully rechargeable unit with neon blue charge indicator light
- Dual speed unit with up to 40,000 pulsating movements per minute
- Maximum sixteen hours charging time
- Completely waterproof
- Light and easy to use with non-slip grip handle
- Three dimensional brushing action so it brushes back and forth as well as side to side, thus removing plaque more effectively.
- Soft, rounded and multi-tufted bristles to brush heads to get to harder to reach mouth areas
- Two minute memory timer
- Indicator brushes to toothbrush heads to show when replacement brush is due
More information can be found at www.oralb.com or www.braun.com
Oral B Helpline: 0800 73 11 792 (free phone line number)
The first sonic toothbrush from Oral-B is specifically designed to offer you complete mouth care / Oral-B Sonic Complete removes plaque to help prevent tooth decay, promotes firmer, healthier gums, and removes harmful, odor-causing bacteria from your tongue / Features multiple brushing modes (clean, soft, and massage) for a customized clean, by effectively removing plaque, gently stimulating gums and naturally whitening teeth.