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I have used an electric toothbrush for as long as I can remember and have mostly had Braun ones as I think that they are of a good quality. I bought this last one from Boots last summer when it was on offer at £24.99 at Boots which I thought was good value. To be honest Boots usually have offers on their toothbrushes so you can usually get a good deal from there.
The toothbrush came in the usual hard to open rigid plastic which I always have trouble with. It is impossible to rip with your hands and you have to use a knife or a pair of sharp scissors to start it off and then be careful as the plastic does tend to be quite sharp.
The brush itself is green and white with ridges around the back. The main part is rubber and is easy to grip onto even if your hands are a bit wet but the toothpaste does tend to get stuck in the ridges so it does need to be cleaned regularly. There is one easy single push button for on and off in the middle at the front. It comes with a mains charger which has a two pin plug which you can plug into a shaver point or into an adapter which I use as we don't have a shaver point in our bathroom. I would say that I usually charge it about once a fortnight which is quite good as I use it twice a day, although I have read some other reviews of toothbrushes and a lot of people charge it up once a week. I'm wondering if I spend enough time cleaning my teeth?
The good thing about this brush is that you don't have to use these exact head and can use numerous other head in the Braun range which is good as toothbrush heads are quite expensive but you can get some good deals on Ebay which are a fraction of the price. Dentist recommend that you change your heads every three months but I would say that I probably change mine every six months or even longer. If I notice that the bristles are staying to flay out that is when I will change it. This brush is quite unique as it has two heads, one which rotates and the other one oscillates and it helps to remove plaque in addition to giving your teeth a thorough clean.
To use the brush I use a small amount of toothpaste on the brush head and then quickly put it under the running tap to get a bit of moisture on the brush and then move the brush over each tooth in turn. You don't have to use as much pressure as you do a manual toothbrush which did take a bit of getting used to at first but the revolving heads are doing the work instead of your arm. This brush has an impressive 7600 movement per minute so does the hard work for you!
I think that these toothbrushes are so much better than a manual brush which I used to find didn't last very long at all, which is probably down to having to use pressure to get a proper clean feeling, however with an electric toothbrush you get this feeling far more quickly and easily. I would recommend this toothbrush as it is a reasonable price for a quality well known brand and it keeps my pearlies nice and clean.
I owned this toothbrush before my current one and primarily bought it because the dual-head feature intrigued me as it seemed different to what I had used in the past and I had high hoped that it may clean my teeth better. It did.
With many of the circular heads, I found that with the pressure I applied, my teeth would go into the head bristles which is not ideal - dentists often say about people applying too much pressure and I assume this is part of the result. With this dual headed toothbrush I found that this didn't happen - I found that for the same pressure I was still getting great contact with my teeth but it was not going into the head any therefore brushing my teeth was very pleasant.
The toothbrush itself has a nice design, fairly lightweight and of good size which makes it comfortable to hold whilst brushing your teeth without any discomfort. The buttons are in a perfect place for operation by your thumb. However I did not see any reason why there had to be two buttons - one for on and one for off - many of their newer models use a single on/off button which is just as effective. It doesn't cause any trouble but I did find it a little strange.
Its battery life is pretty good, out of a single charge I can usually get about two days of brushing out of it however I still tend to charge it each night so that the bristles are workign at the highest speed. As the battery begins to die the bristles move more slowly and therefore the clean is both not as good and takes longer to complete.
What disappointed me about this toothbrush was that the head broke apart after about 6 months. By broke apart I mean that the second head literally came off the rest of the head whilst I was brushing. Although 6 months is more than the recommended replacement time of the heads, I was shocked that it would ever leave a small hard piece of plastic floating in my mouth. I was fine with this but anybody not paying much attention or those young or elderly could have easily choked on it. I was really disappointed by this considering it was doing so very well.
Over a year ago, during a regular check-up, my dentist suggested I get an electric tooth-brush. I chose to ignore his advice. What did I need an electric toothbrush for? I have been using a manual toothbrush for 46 years and that was working just fine thank you very much. (I do have a tendency to react that way about everything new: Why would I want an IPod? What on earth would I do with a Kindle?etc...)
This year my dentist suggested (again) that I should acquire an electric toothbrush. It came with a long lecture about the sad state of my inflamed gums the essence of which was (and I am shortening this for your sake): You will lose all your teeth by the time you're 60 if you do not buy an electric toothbrush NOW! He also said, bless him, that it was absolutely pointless buying an expensive one and that a £15 toothbrush would do the job perfectly.
With my arm firmly twisted, I proceeded to Boots and embarked on my new mission in life i.e. sorting out my bleeding gums (quite literally) and avoiding premature toothlessness.
Boots must have known I was coming as most electric toothbrushes were half-price to celebrate ....the Olympics! Yes, this last bit of information left me somewhat baffled as I could not quite see the link but I decided to join in the Olympic spirit and after carefully perusing the range of toothbrushes on offer for about 30 seconds I settled on the Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Electric Toothbrush attractively priced at £17.99 instead of 34.99.
Once home I plugged in my toothbrush to charge (European plug here so you will need a shaver plug in the bathroom or an adaptor) and proceeded to wait 16 hours for it to charge fully as per the instruction booklet.
After about 4 hours of breathless anticipation, I could not take it any longer and I just had to try it.
So now this is the bit where I have to admit that my dentist was right and I was wrong. I was an instant convert! After brushing my teeth for just 2 minutes ( and there is a little timer keeping track for you) my teeth felt amazingly clean and smooth and I could not stop looking at them in the mirror as I felt they were a lot shinier than normal.
I have now been using the toothbrush for 2 weeks and the difference it has made is quite amazing. My gums used to bleed quite badly when I was brushing my teeth. Biting into an apple was not something I would ever consider anymore and I even bled biting into a banana (although I never confessed to this one to my dentist). The bleeding has now completely stopped and I have successfully submitted my teeth to the apple test.
I find it very easy to use and clean. I charge it once a week although I feel that battery life would probably exceed a week .
The head is meant to last about 4 months and although the replacements seem quite expensive at about £ 16.50 for 4, I will look out for special offers.
I would give my electric toothbrush 5 stars as I find it has made a huge difference in a short time although I suspect most other models would have been equally good .
Now, who thinks I should get a Kindle ??
For my partner's birthday this year he received not one but two electric toothbrushes strangely enough from his mother and from my own mother. He didn't want to cause any offence so gladly accepted both (he received them on two separate occasions so didn't receive them on the same day!) and kindly handed me one as my own electric toothbrush was in need of updating.
He gave me the choice of the two and not really knowing much about either the one I chose was the Braun Oral- B Vitality Dual Clean. Braun have been making electric toothbrushes for years and have a whole range of different types on the market most ranging in price and in what they can actually do. For me as long as the toothbrush cleans my teeth then I'm not bothered!
The Vitality Dual Clean toothbrush is a rechargeable electric toothbrush which has two rotating heads that work together to clean the teeth and remove plaque. By using an electric toothbrush you are removing more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Now personally as long as my teeth are clean then that is all that matters but knowing that even more plaque is removed sits a lot better with me.
To look at it is tall and slender and the majority of if it is turquoise in colour. This area is almost rubbery to the touch as this is where you hold the toothbrush and it won't slip out your hand when wet. The rest of the toothbrush is white plastic even the base/holder it sits in. To recharge the Vitality Dual Clean you simply need to keep it in its base which needs plugging into a shaving socket (I don't know the correct term for it!).
As stated above there are two rotating brushes on the head of the toothbrush. Both look similar with their bristles at different lengths and colours. The heads themselves are made up to two types of bristles; interdental tips are there to get to the hard to reach areas and the indicator bristles are the more colourful bristles which fade halfway giving an indicator as to when to change your brush head. The dual brushes though are both designed to clean teeth whilst protecting your gums.
Using the toothbrush couldn't be more easy. You simply need to take it off its rechargeable base put your chosen toothpaste onto the brush and press the button in the middle of the brush, there are two easy to press buttons, one is larger than the other and this one switches it on and the smaller one switches it off and away you go! Once finished you just simply put it back into its holder and it will carry on charging up (it won't tell you when it is fully charged although battery life is said to last for up to 5 days).
Personally, I really like this toothbrush although it did take a while to get used to the two brush heads as it was a weird sensation especially when the bristles are all different lengths and compared to my last electric toothbrush it seemed a lot quicker and the first few times it did actually make my gums bleed which had never happened before and after speaking to my dentist he said that this can sometimes happen! Phew!
I've been using the Vitality Dual Clean now for a few months and apart from the teething (had to get the pun it!) issues in the beginning my teeth have felt a lot cleaner which lasts throughout the day so when it comes to brushing them again before I go to bed they really are incredibly smooth when I run my tongue over them. I brush my teeth for around 3 minutes at a time and not at any second does the toothbrush start to falter or slow down, it keeps the same speed.
Overall, I really like this electric toothbrush it keeps my teeth clean whilst battling plaque on a daily basis. I like the idea of the two rotating heads but I do wonder if two are better than 1 or is it just to save a bit of time! However, it is used on a daily basis and still works perfectly. I've just had to change the brush head which just snaps on and off and the fading bristles certainly work! Definitely a great electric toothbrush should you be looking to replace yours.
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Brand: Braun Oral B
Price: From £14.99
Availability: Boots and other pharmacies as well as online
Fact: 7,6000 oscillations per minute!
I was bought one of these electric toothbrushes for my last birthday (I think it was a hint that I should give up smoking) and its amazing the difference it has made to my teeth. They do feel lovely and clean after but this one in particular seems to tackle staining on my teeth a lot better than previous brushes I have owned. If you use a little bit of eucryl on a wet brush, I find you see a noticeable difference after a few days (stain removal wise, I wouldn't say that your teeth get any whiter necessarily). I have also found that the replacement heads for these brushes are relatively affordable (I still have the original base, but have replaced the head a few times since the first use). The down side to this particular model however, is that the charge doesnt seem to me to last more than a few days, which can be quite annoying when it runs out just before you leave for work. Would suit an organised person! :)
Having just moved house and lost my original Oral B charger, I decided to hit the shops and get a replacement. My how times have changed. 10 minutes of staring at electric toothbrushes in Boots and apart from the fact I needed an Oral B, so that I could use an unopened pack of replacement heads I was non the wiser. Have I got sensitive teeth? Do I need sonic cleaning? Does it pulse? Have a timer? All I really need to know is whether it is good value for money and will it take the brush heads I have already. Time to call for help.
After much packet reading by myself and shop assistant we have collected the following facts. All Oral B toothbrushes (except the sonic range which stands alone) can take any of the heads. I now have the dual head model which is excellent if you don't have perfectly straight teeth. The top part of the brush is the normal round head and the bottom an extra brush that enables you to get into crevices of uneven teeth, this gives a real deep clean feel. My husband can still attach his beloved round head for sensitive teeth to the same base and my son the brush head with floss attachment so he can, like most teenagers be in and out of the bathroom as soon as possible.
The only draw backs that I have found with this brush is the timer, the basic Oral B pulses half way through the cycle to let you know to either change sides or move from top to bottom of your mouth, this toothbrush only pulses to indicate the end of the clean,, fine for us adults but not so good for children. The brush itself has no light for indication on charging so you have no idea whether the base has just been put onto charge or whether it is fully charged.
Ever since I had a brace when I was 14 I've always been a bit obsessed with keeping my teeth really clean. It's important to clean your teeth anyway obviously but I got into a routine of really looking after my teeth and I still keep it up now. I used to have an electric toothbrush when I was younger but it was only recently that I decided to have a look for another one.
I had a look in Boots at various different toothbrushes, and to be honest the price of most was ridiculous. I couldn't justify spending a fortune, so I was glad to be Braun Oral B Vitality Dual Clean on offer for just over £20. The selling price at the moment in Boots is £30; however there are loads of deals available if you look online.
Visually, the toothbrush looks very modern, the major difference between this and other electric tooth brushes being the two heads, one which oscillates and one which rotates. The handle of the toothbrush is quite thick and fits nicely into the hand; it's very easy to grip and features a two tone blue exterior as well as housing the on/off switch. The two heads also fit with the colour scheme and the bristles look really good quality.
The toothbrush sits on a charging stand which plugs in to a shaving point; no adapter is included obviously so you might need to buy one. The toothbrush needs to be charged for 18 hours to give 30 minutes of brushing time. I've always found that the toothbrush battery lasts well, and I usually charge my toothbrush once a week. A very handy feature of this toothbrush is that it has a timer setting which goes off after two minutes. The toothbrush pulses a few times then goes back to normal brushing so you continue if you want although two minutes is plenty but we are all guilty of doing a quick brush and not realising just how little time we're actually cleaning our teeth for.
I found the brush to be of very high quality whilst brushing my teeth, they feel completely clean and look really clean too. It seems to reach all the places it's easy to miss with a normal tooth brush and is said to also promote gum health. The brush provides 7,600 pulsations per minute which is obviously a lot better than anyone could achieve manually.
I've been really pleased with my purchase of the Braun Oral B Vitality Dual Clean; it's a really good price and does just what I want. I doubt it's the most sophisticated tooth brush available but in all honesty some are ridiculously priced and I'd say for the average user this is more than enough. A great buy.
On my last visit to the dentist earlier this year I got a bit of a telling off about my cleaning technique as the dentist said that I had quite a lot of tartar (yuck!) around the back of my teeth. She suggested that if I could afford to do so I should switch from a manual toothbrush to an electrical one. As I generally find the whole scale and polish thing quite uncomfortable, but love the results, I decided to try using an electric toothbrush. I must admit I had always been put off by the price but at the time Boots had all electric toothbrushes in the Oral-B range on offer at half the normal retail price, which at around £15 made the cost quite reasonable. I hadn't realised quite how many different types of brushes there were and after spending some time reading the product descriptions opted for the Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean.
The Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean toothbrush has two revolving heads, a small circular one at the top and a longer rectangular shaped one below this. This means that it provides twice the cleaning action, removing much more plaque than an ordinary toothbrush. As I was looking for something specifically that would remove plaque and stop it hardening to tartar, this seemed like the ideal product to me.
Like many products of this nature the brush comes in moulded plastic packaging. Even after many years I have not mastered the art of opening these. After struggling for a few minutes to cut this open with a pair of scissors I made a small cut which I was then able to prise open with my hands. I am always wary of opening packaging in this way as the cut plastic is very sharp but as I have no better technique I have to do it this way. Any suggestions for better ways of opening this type of packaging are welcome!
The Oral B Vitality Dual clean consists of a rechargeable base and a removable brush head. This is great as it means the brushes are replaceable and reading the enclosed leaflet it appears that you aren't just restricted to using the dual clean brush head but also other compatible head types in the Oral-B range. Inside the back is one brush head and also a mains charger. It should be noted though that the mains charger has a two-pin plug, which fits into the shaving socket in the bathroom. If like me you don't have one of these in the bathroom you will need to invest in two to three pin converter plug.
The base itself is a white and pastel green colour. The green part, which covers most of the back of the base, has a series of semi-circles running across it, which makes it look quite stylish. The semi-circles are ridged though which means that dried toothpaste can accumulate in them so it has to be wiped down after every use.
The brush can be used with any normal toothpaste. I apply a small amount to the brush head and press down onto the button at the front of the brush. As the heads start to move I pass this over each tooth, giving each one a good clean at the front and back. I am careful not to apply too much pressure and also not to scrub, letting the revolving heads do the work. As they are working on my teeth they feel quite pleasant as I feel them massaging my gums as well. Each brush pulsates an impressive 7600 times a minute to remove plaque. This pulsating is combined with a rotating motion to sweep plaque away. I start by brushing the front of each tooth, then move onto the backs and finally onto the flats of the back teeth (chewing surfaces).
The brush has a two minute timer as this is the amount of time it is recommended by dentists to spend on cleaning teeth. Once the two minutes are up the brush stutters slightly. At this point you can stop by pressing down on the button again or continue brushing should you want to. I always thought that I brushed my teeth thoroughly and for two minutes when using a manual toothbrush but never really timed myself. It's amazing how long two minutes actually is and I have since realised that perhaps I wasn't brushing my teeth for long enough when using a manual toothbrush.
Once the two minutes is up my teeth feel super clean, like I've had them professionally cleaned at the dentists. Even after using this for nearly three months now I find myself running my tongue over my teeth and take delight at how smooth they are. Taking a good look at the gumline I am pleased to note that there is no visible tartar, which I think is really impressive because usually 3 months after using a manual toothbrush the stuff would have started to accumulate. This will certainly make the next visit to the dentists easier and the scale and polish should not be so uncomfortable. Hopefully I'll get some praise too although sadly I am too old for a sticker now!
The brush has a decent battery life - if you remember to charge it! To fully charge it you need to keep it plugged in for a good 16 hours and this should give you a weeks worth of brushing time at 4 minutes a day. I usually forget to place this on the charging station and find myself charging it up for 10 minutes to get another two minutes use out of it. I'm sure this is not good for the battery and I shall try to do better in the future!
It is recommended by dentists that the brush head be changed every three months. To remind you of this the brush head has light blue bristles which fade with time. By the time they have reached half way down it is time to replace the brush head. I still have a little way to go but am keeping an eye out for some offers on brush heads. These retail at around £10 for two so it's a little pricier than a manual toothbrush but not prohibitively so and in my opinion definitely worth the extra expense.
Overall I am super impressed with this brush and my days of using a manual brush are now over. If you've not tried an electric tooth brush I thoroughly recommend giving it a go. You won't look back - I promise!
Oral-B Braun Vitality Dual Clean it was my first ever electric Toothbrush. I bought it around four years ago and I still remember how good deal I get as only on this day there were selling it for ¼ of the price. To be honest when I picked it up I choose this one from other Oral-B toothbrushes as it was my favourite colour at the time -teal, see green and because head of the brush was big seemed to me as it will do more job than other small ones.
Toothbrush is rechargeable and battery last quite long between charging, you will need European adapter as toothbrush charger have continental plug with two pins.
Fact is that no manual brush guided by your hand can't give you same effect like electric one, as is simply impossible for our hands to oscillate and rotate toothbrush so quickly and so many times. After I start using it my visit to dentist are rare and I do not have so many problems as before and condition of my teeth and gums improved, so I have never regret it and I have been very happy since I am using it.
Before when I was visiting dentist be sensitive and I had problem with gums all this was very upsetting especially that I knew that I look after it and still was not good enough.
Since I started using Vitality Dual Clean I do not have any more problems- for over 3 years I did not have nothing done when visiting dentist, no more problems with sensitive teeth or gums and my only concern is to get my teeth whiter.
What I like as well is that if you are bored with dual action head you can simply change it for different one as all heads from oral-b are compatible with it, I try few but my favourite remain Dual Clean. You can also buy one toothbrush and few more heads for rest of your family to use it as well.
I like this toothbrush a lot and even was taking it with me when going on holidays.
Only last few months - so after 3,5 years I have to charge it more often than before, so I can say that it kept it's quality for more than 3 years which is not so bad at all.
One more good thing that very often this toothbrush is on sale for half price (and same with heads) so it means that you can have it for around £15 - which is very good price.
I think is great, affordable toothbrush and it is really worth to improve your mouth hygiene by getting electric toothbrush.
Around a year ago I had began using battery powered toothbrushes, and I was instantly impressed at the results over the manual toothbrushes. After using a few, I decided it was time to invest in a rechargeable toothbrush. There are so many different types on the market, but all I wanted was an easy to use toothbrush, I didn't need it to have bluetooth connection or tell me the time, and I didn't want it to cost the earth as the replacement brush heads are expensive enough! I finally settled on the Oral-B Vitality Dual clean toothbrush from Boots, one of the main reasons being because I liked the idea of the dual head brush, compared to others I see on the market where the brush head seems too small. It also cost me less than £20, which to me was a decent price and so I purchased it, eager to start using it.
These electric toothbrushes are highly more effective than the old manual toothbrushes, and are recommended by dentists. My own dentist often gives me advice on how to best use mine, and I would recommend speaking to your dentist on how to get the best out of these toothbrushes. One main reason they are better are because the oscillating brush head has a lot more movement than you could ever achieve with a normal manual toothbrush, this means they are much more effective art removing plague and ensuring you have nice healthy clean gums. The Oral-B Vitality brush head actually has 7600 movements per minute, imagine trying to do that with a manual toothbrush!
The brush head for the Vitality clean has 2 heads, with most brushes by Oral-B I notice they usually have one smaller brush head but for me personally, I didn't like the idea of that and much preferred the idea of the dual clean head. The brush heads also have an indicator where the bristles change colour to show when the head needs replacing, handy if you can't quite remember when you last changed the brush head. They do advise to change the brush head every 3 months however I am sceptical about this. The replacement brush heads are rather expensive (don't be surprised to be around £4-5 per brush head!) and I have personally found mine quite easily last 4-5 months. You only receive 1 brush head with your new toothbrush, so I advise to keep a look out everywhere for special offers on the brush heads and stock up when you see them on offer!
The Oral-B Vitality is a rechargeable toothbrush and so comes with a small white charger which needs to be plugged into a shaver socket, or else you will need to buy a 2 Pin Plug adapter. I was concerned about how long my toothbrush would hold it's charge for, especially months down the line as my sister actually has a rechargeable toothbrush which she needs to constantly keep on charge just so she can use it. I also read reviews online complaining about the poor battery life. After using this toothbrush twice a day for a year, I am pleased to see my toothbrush still holds its charge brilliantly! On average I charge it about once a week or two, and I usually wait to charge my brush once it has run down completely so I don't know if this may have helped it or not. I will point out that the brush comes with a 2 year guarantee, which is reassuring should my brush ever stop holding its charge. Oral-B actually state you get up to 30 minutes from a single charge which seems right to me, I use it twice a day for 2 minutes each time so the maths works out about right with the amount I charge it.
The brush itself doesn't have the most modern or sleek appearance to it, and it's actually quite thick and heavy. It has a rubberised grip which helps which comfort and control, and it has a greenish blue colouring to it. The brush heads are easy to connect and disconnect when you are changing them, and there's one button to press to switch it on and off making this a simple and easy to use design.
I've been using this toothbrush a year now and I noticed a big difference with the quality of my teeth from when I didn't use one. My dentist pointed out some key areas I needed to work on, and advised to hold my toothbrush in that area and let the brush head do it's work, you don't need to press down and scrub away (that's probably too harsh!) and I glide the brush around my gums easily, letting it do the hard work. When I first started using this my gums did bleed quite a bit, and sometimes still do but my dentist advised me this is normal and when working on my problem areas told me to expect this. If this happens to you I do suggest speaking to your dentist, as they are best placed to advise you on how to use such a brush properly and to get the best from it. I find the dual head works really well, I feel like my teeth are getting a good thorough clean, and when I need to get into smaller areas I can tilt the brush and use just the top head to get into those difficult areas. The brush lets you know when two minutes are up by shortly intermittently stopping the brush head, a simple way to let you know you are brushing your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes at a time.
The Oral-B Vitality currently costs £14.99 on Amazon, however the brush heads come in at around £9.95 for a pack of 2, but I do suggest shopping around to get the best deal. I personally believe this is a brilliant toothbrush for the price, it's affordable and the charge holds really well, and I highly recommend switching to this from a manual or battery powered toothbrush.
I recently received this toothbrush as a gift and I was really impressed with how clean it left my teeth.
I had an electric toothbrush years ago but since then I have been using an ordinary toothbrush and I can't get over the difference.
It leaves my teeth feeling a lot smoother and my mouth a lot cleaner. I think this is a really good electric toothbrush compared to some others I have seen as the head on it is much better as it has two brush heads so it is a lot bigger than others so covers and cleans a bigger area.
It has a timer on it which vibrates when you have been brushing for 2 minutes which I think is an excellent feature because I have recently been thinking how long I have been brushing my teeth for and wondering if I always brush for at least 2 minutes and now I know.
I also really like the fact that it is rechargable as I can charge it up anytime and it is ready to use and I don't have to bother with batteries. It also seems to last quite a long time so I don't have to charge it up every day.
This was the first electric toothbrush that I purchased, and is likely to be the only one that I'll use for quite some time because I personally think that this is a great product.
I didn't know much about electric toothbrushes when I bought this, but Oral B is a name that I had heard, and decided to go for it. What attracted me to this product is the fact that it has two separate heads: one that oscillates and one that revolves so they're doing two separate jobs. When you think about it this makes a lot of sense because your teeth are all different shapes and sizes, with all sort of different surfaces, so it makes sense that you would have a couple of different brushes to ensure that all of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
The brushing itself is good, giving a clean feeling that a manual toothbrush just doesn't give you. It gives access to parts of your teeth that are harder to reach with a manual toothbrush, particularly your molars, giving them a good scrub and removing all of the nasties. I had worried before using this brush that it might actually be too vigorous on my teeth, particularly after my mum said that it can weaken your enamel, so I asked my dentist and she said that this just doesn't happen.
The brush has a built in timer to let you know when you've brushed for long enough. It stops the normal brushing and vibrates two or three times to let you know that you've done enough, and then carries on as normal. This is great, and might be a selling point to someone who themselves or their children don't brush for long enough.
The other great things about this product is that holds its charge well and it comes with a 2 year guarantee, so feel free to brush away.
The drawback to this product is that while the heads last a good while, they will eventually need replaced, and they can be expensive. Buy in bulk to reduce the costs.
In regards to charging the toothbrush, the adaptor fits into a shaving plug in the bathroom, but, if like me you don't have one of these, you will need to buy an adaptor.
Finally, the last negative issue to this brush is the packaging. It took me about half an hour to break in, and it requires the use of a craft knife in the end. Still, once it's out of the packet all is forgiven.
I have had my Braun Oral-B dual clean for about a month now, prior to that i used a manual toothbrush.
First i will have a moan about the packaging, i hate anything that comes packed in these heat sealed rigid plastic packs, yes it looks nice on the shelf and you can see what your getting but you cant get it out the pack without a tool kit and a first aid kit! so put it in a recyclable cardboard box please Braun.
In the pack you get the toothbrush, instruction leaflet, two dual clean heads and a stand/charger which has a two pin shaver type plug, if you don't have a socket like this you can get an adapter for around a pound in your local DIY/pound shop.
The brush heads are designed to change colour after so long so you know when to replace them, however replacement heads are expensive.
The heads are interchangeable with most other toothbrushes in the oral-b range including the precision clean, white+clean and sensitive so if your not happy with the dual clean heads supplied you can try one of the others when you buy some replacement heads, i find the dual clean head a little bulky and it takes a bit to get used to it after using a manual brush but it does what it says on the box (plastic cover) and cleans your teeth fast and very efficiently.
The toothbrush it's self is comfortable to hold and not to heavy, it has a soft grip handle with ridges on it so it wont slip out your hand and it totally water proof which makes it easy to clean after use.
You have one easy to press on/off button and after it has been running for 2 minutes it buzzes on and off a couple of time to let you know when to stop.
I know you can keep it on the stand/charger to trickle charge all the time but as my charger is not in the bathroom i tend to put mine on charge overnight once a week even though it shows no sign of running down.
It connects to the charger by locating on a plastic pin on the base so it is stood upright, the base of the stand is not that big so if knocked it can easy topple over, although this does not cause any danger it will stop charging unless you pick it back up!
It is good brush at a good price, i don't think you need anymore then this toothbrush has and it cleans much better then a manual one so it's an ideal budget intro to electric tooth brushing!
All braun oral-b brushes are half price at the moment and some high street shops have them for as little as £10! and shop around for the replacement heads as superdrug/boots and other shops have half price promo's some times.
I have a thing about dual head toothbrushes, having got my first one several years ago, an Oral B battery operated one. Sadly I was finding it increasingly difficult to locate replacement brush heads for it, so when I was out shopping a couple of weeks ago and noticed Superdrug were selling Oral B Vitality electric toothbrushes for £9.99 I decided to see if the Dual Action version was included in the offer.
Upon seeing it was, I duly snapped it up and headed off home to liberate it from that godawful sealed shut clear thick plastic packaging that I feel is a blight on civilisation and needs industrial strength scissors to open.
~~What You Get~~
Included in the box is the toothbrush, electrical charging base and a spare head. The RRP is £29.99 so I got a bargain. The charging base is designed for use with a two pin shaver plug, so if you want to charge it elsewhere you will need to get a shaver plug adaptor but these can be picked up in the likes of Poundstretchers for about a pound.
You need to charge the brush up overnight before use as the battery is a NiMh internal one and will not work from the box. Once it's charged you are ready to go.
As the name would suggest, the head for this brush consists of two parts and is designed to be more effective at cleaning by removing both plaque and stains, claiming it can help to naturally whiten your teeth.
When in use you really feel the head spinning - there are 7,600 brush head movements per minute, working away to help clean your teeth.
Additionally, there is a timer on the brush - after two minutes have elapsed the power will "stutter" to inform you the time has elapsed.
After using the brush the first time I experienced slight bleeding on the gums. According to the user guide, this is normal and I also suspect the fact I used the timer feature and brushed for an exact two minutes would have acerbated this given I now know what I thought was two minutes in my head is probably closer to one!
The brush is relatively lightweight but is quite noisy - when the heads oscillate you can really hear them working away.
I did feel the brush was very effective at brushing however - my teeth have felt cleaner since I started to use the brush and I have felt less build up of plaque around my gums.
My one gripe however is battery life - it is supposed to give 30 minutes brushing time on one charge which sounds like a lot but if you are using it for 4 minutes to brush your teeth twice a day, you soon realise you are going to have to recharge this at least once a week.
I was dismayed however to find the battery had drained just 4 days after the initial charge up and whilst it has lasted for 6 days thereafter, I still think the battery life is poor.
The charging base isn't brilliant either - the length of flex isn't particularly long and whilst I suppose this has been designed for using with in a bathroom with a shaver plug socket, if you don't have one you will find yourself having to place the toothbrush charger somewhere very close to a plug socket - and you may well find that is on the floor. The brush can also be quite easily knocked off the charging base.
Oral B do suggest you let the battery run right down at least once every 6 months to extend the battery life too.
I do like this brush however, in spite of my complaints. I like the versatility it offers due to the fact you can use Precision Clean, Sensitive and ProBright heads with this brush as well as the Dual Clean ones. It should be noted however that the Oral B Vitality Sonic heads do not work with it, which is typical as my daughter has the Sonic brush.
Changing the heads is relatively easy - you just pull them out and put a new one on by slotting it on. Replacement heads are also easily available and are often on offer in supermarkets and drugstores. I picked up 4 replacement heads in Superdrug for £9.99 for instance. You may be able to get a better deal on eBay - it's always worth a look. As with a manual toothbrush, you should replace the head every 3 months.
Similarly, cleaning the brush is straightforward - just remove the head and rinse the brush head and handle separately under running water and leave to dry before reattaching the head.
Overall I am impressed with this brush and the results it has given. My teeth definitely feel cleaner, the build up of plaque has lessened significantly and I feel the brush is doing it's job. My only gripe is with the battery life, but this isn't a huge problem when weighed up against the advantages the brush offers.
I wouldn't pay full price for this brush but if you can pick it up for under £15, I would heartily recommend it.
Brushing your teeth is such a chore isn't it? Standing at the sink, foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog whilst having to vigorously brush your hand up and down to get your teeth clean. Honestly, the hours of my life I've wasted doing that. So, one day, I hit upon the thought of attaching a battery and a spring loaded mechanism to my toothbrush. Hey presto! Instant electric toothbrush.
After picking up the pieces of the broken mirror and removing the spring that had impaled itself into the unfortunate Mrs SWSt's head, I trudged off to the shop in disgrace. I was told not to return until I had bought a proper electronic toothbrush.
Until recently, I thought such items were a bit of a luxury item bought by lazy people with too much money. Recently, though - thanks to Mrs SWSt - my coffee consumption has increased dramatically. This has had two effects: 1) I leap around everywhere like a hyperactive rabbit on steroids and 2) more staining on my teeth which is hard to remove using a conventional toothbrush.
To combat the first problem, I nail my feet to the ground. The solution to the second involved buying the Oral B Vitality electric toothbrush. At under £15 (including the charger, the brush unit and two brush heads), this represents pretty good value for money. The one thing missing is a two pin shaver adapter, which is needed to charge the unit up. Most households probably have one of these, but if not, they can be picked up for less than a pound from your local supermarket.
Getting into the toothbrush proves one of the biggest challenges. It comes in that nasty little hard moulded plastic that's almost impossible to break into. In theory, the plastic should simply pop apart at the seams following the application of light pressure. In reality, a chainsaw, face mask, protective gloves and three spare hours are normally required. After slicing my fingers on the plastic, I did what I always do in such situations: I handed the packet to the far more patient Mrs SWSt to open.
Once you've got inside, the first thing you need to do is plug the toothbrush in to charge. The recharging unit is nice and slim and should sit neatly on most shelves as it is relatively small. Since it comes with its own little stand, it will also sit quite happily out of the way on the floor whilst charging.
The instructions recommend that you should do a full charge before using it for the first time. A full charge is estimated at a whopping 16 hours which only gives you around 20 minutes of power. This is one of the downsides to this model (and indeed, most electric toothbrushes). There is a disproportionate amount of charging for a relatively short period of use. I guess anything more would require a bigger battery, which would make the whole unit heavier. As it is, it is nice and light in the hand, so it's a trade off between longer battery life or easy to hold brush. Still, I find that brushing my teeth twice a day, I only need to recharge once a week. An overnight recharge then gives me another six days of power.
One omission from the unit is a battery power indicator. When charging, you have to remember how long it's been plugged in for and there's not indicator to show whether it is actually charging or not - you just have to trust that it is, Similarly, when using it, the only warning that the battery is running down is that the rotating heads slow down and then it conks out, which can be a bit of a nuisance if you're mid-brush. I'd definitely recommend having an ordinary toothbrush on standby.
Once the unit is charged fully, using it is very simple. You simply fix the head to the brush and press the button to start the head rotating. The brush is obviously thicker and heavier than a standard toothbrush, but still fits easily into the hand and is lightweight enough for most people to use easily. The head rotates at a constant speed and brushes your teeth with far more power and speed than you could achieve with a traditional toothbrush.
Handily, this particular model has an automatic two minute timer built in. When it has been running to two minutes (the amount of time recommended by many dentists), the brush buzzes intermittently three times to let you know that time is up. The first time this happens, it might give you a bit of a shock when the unit suddenly cuts out - particularly if you are brushing your back teeth at the time! After using it for a while, though, you'll start to anticipate and expect it. Push the button and the whole thing stops.
Because of the high speed of the head, this brush does generate an awful lot of foam. With an ordinary, manual toothbrush, you can get away with not being over a sink whilst brushing. With this one, forget it, unless you want lots of interesting white blotches on your floor! It also tends to coat the brush and the head, so it's a good idea to rinse the whole thing under the tap each time you've finished using it. Otherwise it becomes horribly crusted with old chunks of toothpaste.
Having initially been a little sceptical, I have to admit my teeth definitely feel far cleaner than when brushed with a conventional brush. Its obviously not as effective as when the dentist polishes your teeth, but it's pretty good. It's a lot easier to prevent staining, because the pressure the brush applies to the teeth means stains are cleared away promptly and don't have as much time to build up.
Maintenance-wise, the brush is fairly easy to take care of. As with all toothbrushes, you are advised to change it every three months or when the bristles show signs of wear and tear. This is a simple case of removing the head of the toothbrush and replacing it with another which can be bought from pretty much any chemist or supermarket. There are a variety of heads available from single heads to those with a double set of brushes or ones specifically designed to fight plaque, so you can choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Replacement Heads cost around £6 for a pack of two (depending on which ones you buy). This is obviously more expensive than buying a new, conventional toothbrush, but it's definitely worth it as your teeth do feel cleaner.
Having been slightly sceptical about the value of electric toothbrushes, I've been converted. Cleaning teeth is a lot easier and they feel much cleaner and fresher when I'm done. A lazy, time-saving device? Maybe, but it also brings enough benefits to make it worthwhile.
© Copyright SWSt 2009
Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush / Twice the cleaning action / 2 minute timer / High speed oscillating/ rotating motion combined with an additional side-to-side motion to clean better than a regular manual toothbrush.