Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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A triumphent success!
Oral-B Triumph Professional Care 9900
Member Name: MoodyLauz
Oral-B Triumph Professional Care 9900
Advantages: A great electric toothbrush, the smartguide is amazing!
I have owned an Oral B Triumph for around a couple of years now and I think its one of the best purchases I have ever made.
This happened to be something I bought on impulse. I had been thinking about investing in an electric toothbrush but spending a small amount of money on it. However, on a trip to Boots there was an offer on all Oral B electric toothbrushes and with a sales person hanging around I was persuaded in to buying this. At the time with money off and boots points it was too hard too resist! On offer I picked this up for around £100, though now it can be bought for around this price normally. However, Oral B regularly bring out half price offers on all their electric toothbrushes.
The Oral B Triumph comes with the electric toothbrush (shock horror!), charger and stand, travel case, smart guide and two replacement heads.
The toothbrush itself is very easy to use as it has two buttons. One button is to switch it on and off, the other is to swap through different brush settings. There are four brush settings: polish, normal, sensitive and massage. The setting that the brush automatically chooses is dependendent on the brush head that you are using, for example the brush recognises a brush head designed for polishing and will set the brush to the same mode. However, if you dont like this mode for any reason you can change it just by pressing a button. When you use the brush, it lets you know that you have been using it for thirty seconds by changing the brushes motion for a couple of seconds and then retuning to normal. This continues for every thirty seconds you brush, though at two minutes it becomes more elaborate so you know you have brushed for the right amount of time.
The smart guide for the toothbrush is very innovative and is what swayed me in to buying the product in the first place. The smartguide is a small, wireless display that can sit on a shelf in your bathroom or attach to the wall. I have never tried to attach it to the wall, so I'm not sure how easy it is to attach. The display shows the time, which is very easy to set via a couple of buttons in the battery compartment, a circle and how much charge is left in the toothbrush.
When you use the brush the time on the clock switches to a timer showing how long you have been brushing for. Whilst doing this the circle on the screen also shades out one segment. The circle on the screen represents a quarter of your mouth, after 30 seconds the darkened quarter of the circle changes. This is to remind you that you need to spend time cleaning the whole your mouth. However, it is just a reminder and cant force you to do anything! After two minutes of brushing (the recommended time) a smiley face appears on the screen to show you that you're done. If you like to brush longer than this and go to two and a half minutes the smiley face turns in to a super smiley face to show how happy it is you have been brushing for so long!
Other features on the smartguide show you what setting your brush is currently in, either sensitive, polish etc. The smartguide also shows a little red triangle if you are brushing too hard, this helps you to avoid damaging your gums. It will also tell you when the toothbrush head needs replacing, after three months of use. What I love about the smart guide is that you can view everything infront of you, in other electric toothbrushes the handle has all the information on it, this seems a bit pointless as you cant really see it when your brushing, making the smartguide a very nice feature.
The travel case for the brush is very handy. Its very sturdy so theres no chance of the brush getting damaged when travelling. The stand for the brush is also useful, the stand has a compartment where you can keep spare brush heads, this is a great idea so that you cant loose them in a cupboard. The charger for the brush fits in to the stand very neatly, though this can be removed so you can take it away with you, without the stand, as the charger itself is fairly small.
Personally I love this brush. It was strange when I first used it as the handle itself is fairly big, but its somthing that you get used to. The first thing you notice about this brush is how well it brushes your teeth, no matter what toothpaste you use, if you use this for two minutes your teeth feel squeaky clean. I also feel that it gets rid of any bits of food that may be stuck between my teeth. Its definitely a much better clean than an ordinary toothbrush. The fact the smartguide also reminds you to move around your mouth is very handy, I must admit when I'm not paying attention I can quite easily brush one side of my mouth for ages and then quickly do the otherside, the smartguide stops me doing that. I do also love the fact that I get a smiley face when I finish brushing, theres something very satisfying about it! If you have an older child who doesnt like brushing their teeth then I would recommend this because I think it would help motivate them to brush.
Charging the toothbrush does take a fairly long time, I tend to leave mine charging overnight so that its fully charged for use in the morning. After having my brush for awhile now the charge doesnt keep as long as it used to. However, the brush does stay on it last bar of power for a very long time, though the clean is not as powerful as when fully charged.
The battery power of my toothbrush is not helped by the fact that both me and my other half use it. When I purchased this product it was bought for me alone. However, my other half decided his teeth werent looking so great and wanted to use my electric toothbrush. This made sense as we didnt want to pay out another £100 for the same thing. Changing the heads of the brush is very simple, so sharing the brush is not a problem. However, the function on the smartguide that tells you when the brush head needs changing becomes obsolete because the heads are being changed daily. Therefore I need to rememeber when the heads need changing, as they dont always look worn and ready for a change.
The only problem with this toothbrush for me is that the expense doesnt stop at the inital outlay to buy the product. A pack of four refill heads costs around £10.00, which is expensive. However, these should last you a year, which is comparable to what you might spend on normal toothbrushes through a normal year, so it doesnt annoy me too much!
All in all I think this is a great product and would definitely recommend it, even with its fairly hefty price tag.
Summary: Its now my bathroom essential!
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