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This was my first electric toothbrush which was given to me as a Christmas present last year. I've heard so many things about the benefits of electric toothbrushes and after being bombarded with advertisements over the Christmas period I just had to see what the fuss was about for myself.
I didn't specifically ask for this brand or model, but it was half price at Boots at the time - great value! The packaging the product came in was very secure, actually to the point where I had major difficulties getting it out of the plastic casing. The box contained the toothbrush with a head, a charger and the instructions.
The brush was very easy to use and already came fully charged for convenience. I tried it out that very evening and thought it was wonderful. The brush wasn't too heavy so that I could hold it with ease and there is only one button on the front of this toothbrush which made it ridiculously easy to use.
The brush head was small enough to put enough toothpaste on and during the cleaning process I liked how it managed to reach all the small corners of my mouth. The brush also has a timer which will slow down the brush head when it's reached the recommend two minute brushing time (not essential but a handy feature nevertheless.) My mouth felt so clean after the two minute brushing time, a lot more fresher than how my mouth would feel after using my manual toothbrush.
Admittedly, the battery life wasn't what I was expecting, but then again I have nothing to compare the brush to. I found myself recharging it every week which I thought was a bit much for a toothbrush that I only used for two minutes at the time. Another feature I didn't like about this product was that the plug was for a shaving adaptor and not a standard UK plug which meant that every time the charge had ran out of my toothbrush I'd have to take it to my friends to top it up.
Overall, it was great product and is more than suitable for a first time electric toothbrush buyer.
I hate brushing my teeth. I find it the most monotonous thing a human being has to do. Honestly. So for me, an electric toothbrush is a must. I want to get it over with as efficiently as possible with minimal fuss.
I bought this Oral-B product on Amazon for £25 which compared to other top brands this is a very good price for what it offers so I gave it a go and I have to say that now I kind of enjoy brushing my teeth as the chore-factor has been removed and I'm very happy with the results.
The added bonus of this model is that it is sympathetic to sensitive teeth and has extra soft bristles on the brush head for this purpose. I occasionally get sensitive teeth so I went for this model specifically to help with that. You get two brush heads. I'm still getting good mileage out of the first a couple of months in. Replacement heads look to be around about £9 for two from doing a quick online search, though hopefully I can find a bargain when I come to needing them.
Toothbrush features include a two-minute timer but you can carry on brushing past the little alert it gives you on 2 minutes, and one potential issue is that the charger unit has a two-pin plug which is fine for me as I have a socket for this in the bathroom but you may find you need to use an adapter to get around this issue or go for another product.
When I do need to recharge, I leave it plugged in and by the afternoon it's fully charged. No problems whatsoever there. Another important feature is that it stays charged up for an impressively long time so you only have to charge it once every few weeks or thereabouts.
I have had two of these Oral B Vitality Sensitive toothbrushes. The first one lasted quite well, for about two and second less well, only for about 18 months.
Looking online these electric toothbrush cost about £17-£20. I bought my first one when it was on offer and seem to remember it was about £12, which was part the reason why I got it. I wanted an electric toothbrush, but not a really expensive one as I couldn't see the point.
The toothbrush comes with a charging lead attached to a stand the toothbrush sits in. This lead plugs into the shaver socket - it is a two pin plug. I often charged mine outside the bathroom so had to buy a converter plug to use with it. To begin with the toothbrush charged very quickly and lasted a long time on one full charge, around a week. As the toothbrush got older it needed charging more often until it basically needed charging all the time. The second one of these I had needed charging after every clean before it was 18 months old, which got very annoying. Then by 18 months it wouldn't charge enough for one clean, no matter how long I let it charge for.
There is a two minute timer on this toothbrush, although I always ignored it and therefore the timer got out of sink with my clean. After two minutes the toothbrush makes a sort of "jerk" vibration out of sink with thr normal motion of the brush, this is how you know the two minutes are up. It's s good idea for kids but I don't feel that for adults it's necessary, I just clean my teeth as much or as little as they need.
This toothbrush comes with one spare toothbrush head. I usually bought replacement heads when I saw them on offer at about £4 for four. I think you can buy other style heads in the Oral B range as the socket for the head is the same on other Oral B toothbrushes. I like the head of this toothbrush as the brush part is small and round, about 1/2cm in diameter, allowing it to really get it to my back teeth which is really good as I have wisdom teeth ehich are very hard to clean eith bigger toothbrush heads. The head pulsates and vibrates to shake plaque loose and brush it away.
The on/off button is on the main handle of the brush and lies under your thumb as you brush. The switch is under a sort of rubber covering so water can't seep in. The brush is therefore very straightforward to use.
I really liked this toothbrush, hence I bought another when my first one died on me, however I was really disappointed with the life span of the second one and since it broke I have gone back to using manual toothbrushes. This experience kind of put me off electronic toothbrushes!
I therefore am only going to give this brush 3 out of 5.
I've had this electric toothbrush for a couple of years now and it does everything you would expect from an electric toothbrush. As someone who has always brushed their teeth well, and looked after their teeth, I was a bit sceptical about getting an eclectic toothbrush - or really about whether I really needed one. I always assumed they were for people who never brushed their teeth very well and needed a bit of help! When people used to tell me how clean their teeth felt after using an electric toothbrush, running their tongue across their teeth to demonstrate, I used to think, yeah, so,mine feel like that too.
However, a couple of Christmases ago I caved, and got one on a half price promotion, and I have to say I actually really like. My teeth do feel even cleaner, not miraculously so, but yeah they do feel and look good. However the downsides are that replacing an electric toothbrush head is much more expensive, and much more rarely on promotion compared to just buying a regular toothbrush. Also it can be a bit of a pain to charge, especially as there is no light anywhere to tell you once it's fully charged, so I end up with it plugged in for hours. Similarly, there is no function to let you know that the battery is getting flat so you can be happily cleaning away and then it suddenly grinds to a halt. For this reason you generally need a regular toothbrush on the go at the same time, as it worries me brushing normally with an electric toothbrush, as I don't want to ruin it or wear it out quickly.
Having said all this, the battery on my toothbrush went flat about 6 months ago, so I went back to my regular toothbrush whilst I got round to charging it, and errr...haven't used it since. So overall, I'd say it is a good electric toothbrush, it does the job well and gets my teeth nice and clean, but unless you are really dedicated to it, and you're a bit like me you will probably slip to the ease of just picking up your normal brush and having a good scrub.
I bought this toothbrush six months ago after my dentist recommended it as my teeth are sensitive to anything cold and very sugary/sour food. I had never used an electric toothbrush before and it felt quite strange at first especially when the plastic touched my teeth however with two weeks i was used to it and i've used it ever since. My teeth do feel a little less sensitive but as i also use sensodyne sensitive mouthwash i cant be sure if that is down to the toothbrush or not, either way it still left my teeth shining and feeling super clean.
You have to buy replacement heads for it, they come in packs which seem expensive but in the long run it works out as pretty good value. Each head lasts a few months and you can tell when they need replacing as they have a colour changing system, the tips of the brush are lighter and when they start to fade away you change it.
It takes quite a while to charge, around six hours but it lasts for several days.
It is easy to use, simple one button control press to turn on, press again to turn off.
Overall i would recommend this to anyone looking for good-value or for a beginners electric toothbrush however don't expect your sensitivity to dissapear completely.
This is my first electric toothbrush. It was bought by my mum for me as a Christmas stocking filler. It's my first electric toothbrush I've had. I thought they were just too expenisve and that I could do as good of a job with my manual. I was wrong. My teeth and my gums look healthier and sparkling white. The couple of times I used it it did make my gums bleed. This is because its giving your teeth a good clean. Cleaning all the plaque build up in between our teeth and gums. So don't worry about it if your gums do bleed. The brush heads are quite expensive, they come in around £22 for a pack of eight. One lasts a couple of months. You can tell when it needs replacing, because the tips of the bristles are a lighter colour, and when they disappear It's time to get new ones.
If you have never used an electric toothbrush I totally recommend this one. After using for a couple of months I can notice a huge difference in my gums, and generally cleaner.
As I have sensitive teeth, the Braun Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Clean Toothbrush stood out on the shelf to me (that and it was one of the cheapest and it was in the sale). Now I have sensitive teeth in the fact that if I bite into ice cream I get an electric shock style pain in my jaw, I'm not sure if the 'sensitive' aspect of this toothbrush is aimed towards people who's teeth hurt when brushing. Either way, I have combined this brush with Sensodyne Total Care toothpaste so I think I've covered all bases.
For all of those that own or have used an electric toothbrush you'll realise how much effort it actually took to brush your teeth properly with a normal toothbrush - I say properly because you are supposed to brush for a minimum of two minutes, which can seem like ages late at night or early in the morning. One thing I like about this brush is that it pulsates after 2 minutes so you know when you've done your minimum time.
As it is at the low end of the price spectrum there aren't many features on this brush especially when you compare it to brushes which are £30 or so more expensive. Nevertheless it does boast having '2D technology' which basically means that the brush oscillates (swings back and forth) and also rotates at 7,600 rotations per minute. Compare this to couple of hundred back, forward, up and down motions you can do when using a normal toothbrush and you can see why Braun claim that you can remove up to twice as much plaque as normal brushing.
The toothbrush is rechargeable and comes with a separate charging unit which you place the brush on to. The charging unit has a two pin shaver style plug so unless you're lucky enough to have a shaver socket in your bathroom or you live in a hotel you'll have to buy a 3 pin plug adaptor. As most bathrooms don't have mains sockets in you'll find that you'll have you're toothbrush charging in your bedroom or on the landing once a week as the charge lasts for around 30 minutes but takes about 18 hours for a full charge to complete. It can be a little annoying if you forget to charge it and it slowly start dying half way through a brush as it's very difficult to use it in the same way you would a normal brush.
You get one brush head when you buy it which lasts the same sort of time a normal brush lasts. Replacements vary in price depending on what type of brush you choose (all of the Oral-B toothbrush brush range will fit except the Pulsonic), I normally shop around to find out what's on special offer at that time.
You also get a 2 year manufacturers guarantee but I've never had an electric toothbrush fail on me yet.
Overall I'd suggest if you have never tried an electric toothbrush then something like this would be good to start on. I wouldn't recommend spending any more than £30 for your first one as some people I know have tried them but didn't like them.
Well my other half really did treat me this Christmas, with lots of 'romantic' presents including this Oral-B electric toothbrush. I have sensitive teeth and so that's the reason he opted for this model and I have to say that when you use it there is no pressure on your teeth and gums that flairs up my sensitive teeth. The head itself rotates as well as vibrating slightly, and the neat thing that this brush does is time how long you've been brushing, so after two minutes the brush stops. This means there is no chance of you overbrushing your teeth and making you sensitive teeth worse. The brush also doesn't take long to charge, a mere hour on the first charge and this lasts for 4-5 days. There are only two downsides to this toothbrush, the first is that I don't feel like the head is big enough and so often find myself having to use extra toothpaste. The second downside is that the replacement heads can be quite expensive, around £5 each, which really is a lot more than you would be spending on a replacement normal toothbrush. I know you can't really put a price on your health and everyone wants beautiful teeth, but if you're living on a budget it is often things like this that suffer. Although a tip is that Superdrug often has packs of Oral-B heads on half-price and you find that all Oral-b heads are interchangeable.
All in all a great electric toothbrush, that gives a really good clean to your teeth and although replacement heads can be expensive you can often find deals in various shops.
I am a paranoid person when it comes to my teeth. I often experience nightmares about my teeth rotting or falling out despite the fact I regularly brush my teeth, floss and use mouthwash. I had seen adverts for electric tooth brushes and finally decided to get one (mainly to help me sleep without worrying about my teeth). I went for the Braun Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush as it wasn't too pricey and appeared to be the kind I wanted. It had a circular head that swivels from side to side. I had seen others available where the entire brush just vibrated, these did not look as if they would be as effective.
The brus makes a small noise of the head moving but it's not that annoying. The clean the brush provides is incredible. When brushing there is no added pressure on your teeth or gums compared to using a standard manual brush. When finished brushing your hole mouth feels tingly and so fresh. I constantly run my tongue over my teeth as they are so clean, smooth and plaque free.
My only qualm with the brush is that I worry that the head is a little small. So after a minutes brushing I just add another pebble of toothpaste to the brush.
My teeth are now noticeably whiter thanks to this amazing toothbrush. (also i have less teeth related dreams)
I have to admit, I am one of those people that thinks brushing your teeth is a chore, and as such a manual toothbrush is just too much effort for me. This requires very little effort on your part as the vibrations of the toothbrush do all the work. The vibrations are wonderfully strong - you really feel like you have clean teeth when your finished. The toothbrush is rechargable, and can be plugged into the mains, or the shaver adapter in the bathroom. I tend to charge mine every night, but this is because I like it powerful. My sister can go 3 or 4 days without charging hers, and its still pretty powerful. You can also change the head, which means that the body of the toothbrush can last you years, with a change of the head every 3 months or so. They also look quite good in your bathroom.
I have always been a fan of the good old fashioned manual toothbrush and I'll be honest and tell you that I have chosen a toothbrush previously based on the fact that there were pretty butterflies on the handle (honest). That all changed the day I was bought the Vitality "White and Clean". This is the same as the Sensitive brush body with a slightly different head (the white and clean has a small rubber polishing nodule) although I do also have the sensitive headswhich are a softer bristle and no polishing nodule.
The very first use made me realise what I had been missing. After charging for just over an hour I set the brush to work and I could feel the polishing nodule in the centre of the brush head really cleaning away the day's grimey feeling.
I sometimes suffer from sensitive teeth so I was a little bit concerned about giving them a battering with the brush but I needn't have worried. With a handy 2 minute timer, the brush vibrates 3 times at the end to signal that you're done. The power in the brush from the initial charge lasted about 4 days before I started to notice the performance level reduce so I popped it in the charger whilst I had dinner and hey presto it was charged for another week.
The brush has a nice chunky handle with a softer rubber covered area to water protect the on/off button which is a simple bump in the centre of the handle front. Each head pops on and off with ease and each brush comes with two heads. Replacement heads usually start at around £5 but you can buy heads which perform different functions such as orthodontic care heads and floss action heads - most oral b heads are interchangable between the brush bodies.
Cleaning is minimal, a rinse under the tap and occassional washing the handle under the tap will do, like any other brush.
The brush also comes with a 2 year manufacturers guarantee.
You can buy the Oral B range widely in places such as Argos, Boots, Asda and online Amazon stock a wide range. During the festive period they are half price and are available from around £12 and up - this model is currently on sale for £17.49 and full price is usually £34.99 at Argos.
Now that I have an electric toothbrush I don't think I'll be buying my butterfly brushes anymore!!
Braun Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush
In the more recent years, my teeth have become very sensitive and have strated to bleed around the gums due to (according to the dentist) gum disease beginning. I was recommended by the dentist to get an electric toothbrush, and originally went for a cheaper option though found that it unfortunately did not clean the teeth as well as it probably should. It was then I was recommended this toothbrush from Braun by a friend who also suffers as I do with my teeth. I was astounded, though, when I went to my local Boots that the toothbrush was near to £20! I had never spent £20 on a toothbrush before, though I was determined to do something to stop my teeth and gums getting worse, so with a £10 voucher I had bee given for my birthday, I bought the brush, not feeling too bad as I only took another £10 out of my wallet!
The brush comes in white and pale blue plastic with rubber grips at each side. There is a small white button on the front to turn it off and on as well as a handy little extra which times you brushing your teeth and alerts you after two minutes of brushing. The first electric toothbrush I bought did not have this feature, which is one of the reasons for the extra price with this one I would assume, and although not necessary, it is quite handy! I do not think that I have ever brushed my teeth for the recommended time before, which is really bad, and this timer option has enabled me to get used to this time frame, which I hope helps my teeth and gums!
One thing in which my dentist informed me of at my last visit was that I had been brushing my teeth with my manual brush too hard, and therefore causing more damage to my teeth and gums. With this electric toothbrush, the round brush spins quite lightly so hard brushing is not possible.
I would recommend putting a minimum amount of toothpaste on the brush head as, due to the fast spin, the toothpaste bubbles up quite a bit in your mouth.
Obviously, you will need to change the toothbrush head every now and again. The brush comes complete with two more brush heads to keep you going for a while, and after that, replacement brush heads are around £3.00 to £4.00.
I have not had another visit to the dentist since purchasing this toothbrush so at this present time, I can not tell you if the brush has made any significant changes, though I do feel as though my mouth is 'softer' and my gums do tend to bleed less after just a few months of using this brush.
The initial price is a little excessive, and before I would not have thought about spending this amount on a brush, though I now think that it is well worth it. The brush works well, and although it is expensive, it is worth it to help your teeth and gums.
I've been using the Oral B sensitive electric toothbrush for about 20 months now and didn't think of reviewing it before now. Partly because I've got so used to it and partly as I thought it might have become outdated by now as electrical products change fashion quickly. Obviously I was wrong as this is still in the shops and selling for more than it cost my sister when she bought it for me as a Christmas present nearly two years ago. I just happened to know as she left me the receipt in case something went wrong.
She paid around £15 for it and another £10 for three extra heads and I do remember it was on offer at the time. Currently it's on offer at Boots for £17.49 for the brush and recharge unit and an extra £10.20 for the two spare heads. This is definitely a good time to buy if you are considering this as a Christmas present as along with the offer you get extra advantage points. So is it worth buying?
Electric versus manual.
All dentists will tell you to use an electric toothbrush if you can afford it. There's nothing wrong with a manual brush but an electric one does a better job and by using a timer feature you can tell when you've brushed enough. Most of the current brushes are kind to the teeth and gums and remove the build-up of plaque that damages teeth. I should know, I've had problems with mine since I turned 50 but I still have all my own teeth, minus quite a few lost to tooth decay over my early years and later when I couldn't find a NHS dentist.
The Oral B Vitality (Braun).
I asked for the toothbrush as a present since I couldn't afford one at the time. I chose it myself and it's the sensitive brush, which is ideal for my sensitive teeth and gums. It's a nice looking blue and white brush made from a strong durable plastic with a rubber grip. (How sexy is that?) Dare I add, it's also ribbed around the sides for maximum grip, great for weak-wristed people like me. It's even shaped like an hourglass figure (move over Betty Boop). It's a handspun in length and has a removable head that houses the rotating brush.
On the front is a push button, which starts the motor and also times the usage at two minutes. You can stop it before the time is up, just press the button again, much like a double click on a mouse. The brush head is a dark blue circle of nylon bristles with an inner circle of lighter blue. I'm informed that this is to get to the parts other brushes can't reach. The bristles are soft so in use you don't get sore or bleeding gums. The base has a round indentation that fits the charging unit. I can't remember how it was packaged as I threw it away a long time ago, but memory suggests a struggle with the plastic packaging. Hopefully that's changed.
Does it work though?
Well, yes, of course it works and very well with mine still going strong after nearly a year. That brings it up to the end of its warranty at 24 months, better than a used car! The specifications are worth a mention with the promise that this removes twice as much plaque (that horrible residue left on your teeth after eating/drinking etc), than a manual toothbrush. I expect the professional type electric toothbrushes promise more but twice is enough for me. Reading from the website the brush head rotates at 7600 rotations per minute. Wow, I didn't know that, no wonder it made my mouth feel like I'd swallowed a mixer! Now it gets naughty again, really Braun, do we need all this saucy stuff?
The head is designed with extra soft bristles and apart from cleaning your teeth gently it also provides gentle gum stimulation, which is ever so good for your gums. My gums needed stimulation, don't yours? That gets the blood flowing and feeds the gums. It also tickles like mad but that's under usage. This brush head has 2D cleaning and gently pulsates to remove plaque. (Now I really feel like I've got a cement mixer in my mouth).
The unit should be charged up first by placing it in the charger that is a round plastic unit that has a nice handy adapter to suit all plugs and fits in the electric socket tidily. The first charge is best done overnight so it can get about 16 hours in, after that you just need to recharge every week. I find mine needs about six to eight hours every 10 days.
For the first use I'd recommend using a small amount of toothpaste on your teeth, rather than the brush head. That's because it takes a while to get used to the rotating head and I had to stop the first time as it made me a bit dizzy. Whether that's a normal reaction I'm not sure. I have some balance problems and anything that causes extra sound in the ears can make me dizzy. If you suffer from anything similar then persevere, it's not dangerous, just takes a while to adjust to. Suffers of Menieres disease might find this affects them as well. Otherwise you'll just find it tickles a bit the first time.
I also find that putting toothpaste on the teeth doesn't overload the brush head. Angle the toothbrush slightly to get the brush to cover the front of the teeth, remembering to angle downwards for the bottom teeth. It can be a bit of a problem with toothpaste running down the brush, so practice what suits you best. If you have a strong gag reflex you might find the back teeth are better reached with a normal manual brush. I would recommend sticking with it, this really cleans the back teeth well and these are the ones most neglected on the whole.
My own experience is that this really does clean your teeth and I also use it briefly on my tongue. I have problem teeth and this brush has made a huge difference to my dental hygiene. I'd forgotten to recharge for a while back in the spring and when I started to use the brush again my dentist commented on how much cleaner my teeth were. The brush head lasts about three to four months so make sure you buy a new one before this. I think I did have a spare with my original set but I'm not sure of that. The spares sound expensive but are worth the cost. It's more expensive buying a new brush in the long run.
Overall this is an excellent product and well worth the price. You can buy more expensive ones but I think they are more of a gimmick. As a nation we are fond of gimmicks but you have to draw a line somewhere. If I have any gripes about the design of this brush it's with the ribbed part just below the brush head unit. However careful I am I get some toothpaste left in the ridges and its murder to get out. Also the brush head can be hard to take out to clean and needs a hefty shove to get it in again. That could easily be my own problem with my grip; it is very weak due to arthritis.
So a full recommendation from me, it's not enough of a problem to knock off a star, so a five star product. Buy one now while its on offer, you know you want to!
Thanks for reading and excuse the double entendres, I couldn't resist them.
©Lisa Fuller. 2011.
I used to use an electric toothbrush when I was a child, but then for many years after that I used a normal toothbrush until recently when I got this - and now I remember just how good they are. I've always had pretty good oral hygiene, so it's not like I had to get one of these, or my dentist recommended it, but since I bought this, I have noticed a significant improvement to not only how clean my teeth look, but how they feel as well. Also, this is something that's so easy to make a part of your routine in the morning and evening.
Of course, like many solutions that are more high-tech than the traditional method, this is more expensive than a regular toothbrush. However, at about £25 online, this is still a really good deal. The only other expense is buying replacement heads for the toothbrush, but this is just the same as replacing your regular toothbrush really, and isn't expensive. The electric toothbrush comes with a charger, and is holds the battery charge for about a week or so, I find, with two people using it regularly, so it doesn't need charging too often, and when it does, it's very quick and easy.
The brush is very easy to use. It has one button on the front of the body and this turns the device on and off. The head has a good reach and I find it easy to reach all parts of my mouth and all my teeth, front and back.
One of my favourite things about this electric toothbrush is that it has a two-minute timer built in. This is the reccommended amount of time you should brush your teeth for, and the way it works is to time two minutes and then vibrate on and off at the end of the time to indicate that you can stop brushing. This is a really good and easy way of making sure you're looking after your teeth properly, and I think it's a great feature.
If there is a negative, it would be that the body of the toothbrush can get quite dirty and a sort of black substance can build up around the back, but this is only a visual thing, as the brush doesn't get dirty.
Overall, I think this is a great product for the price. You could spend more on an electric toothbrush, but I think this does everything you'd want from it, and it seems very well built and reliable. It has a good design and doesn't seem like it would break easily - I think this is a must for good oral hygiene.
There's a funny old story behind the purchasing of a new electric toothbrush. I had owned a shocking pink Braun electric toothbrush for several years and when I moved back to England from Dubai, my toothbrush wouldn't charge up any longer. Cursing the charger unit, I plodded down to Boots and cheerfully enough, I was met with a half price sale on all electrical toothbrushes! Imagine the delight! I picked up the Braun Oral B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush for around fifteen pounds, and based my choice on the fact that I have sensitive teeth with some enamel erosion- and therefore a brush with the word 'sensitive' in the title felt like the right tool (I'm not one for extensive research). I returned home and plugged the two point base charger unit into the two point adapter plug to get the whole charging process started. I'm guessing by now that many of you will have figured out what I'm going to say next...yes...it didn't charge. Off I trotted back to Boots to purchase a new adapter, but not before flinging the old one into the bin. It landed on top of the poor old pink toothbrush, which by now had been adorned in a few soggy cornflakes and a touch of yoghurt. I'm not one for wastage...so I fished it out and sprayed a bit of Dettol on it. When my husband returned home, I generously gave it to him and told him I had bought a new one so that he could have the old one in place of his manual one. He knocked it back on the grounds that it was pink. Ungrateful man...
**It's got Braun...**
Once charged and ready for action, I popped a bit of toothpaste on and pressed the button. There was some pretty impressive power in the unit and combined with a shiny new brush head, after the two minutes recommended cleaning, my teeth felt as smooth as they could possibly be. You really do forget how perfectly clean they can feel until you use a fab powerful toothbrush with a nice firm new brush head!
Aesthetically, it's not a looker amounst the brush Gods. It's basic white and blue- the blue being the rubber ridged section that you hold for a good grip. The button is part of the rubber grip section and is a sort of raised lump rather than a 'clickey' on and off button. I guess that's all to do with waterproofing though. The disposable head slides on easily and sits firmly on a metal rod. It vibrates as well as rotates in order to provide a deep clean to reach all bits of your teeth and gums to keep them healthy. The charger is a basic white pod which has a two point plug to be used with an adapter or plugged into the shaver unit in a bathroom wall if you are lucky enough to have one. Charging time, is apparently 18 hours for a full 30 minute charge, but quite honestly, I don't think I've ever left it on charge for more than 2 hours and that usually lasts me a week or so.
You don't need to press too hard when brushing, just move the brush slowly from tooth to tooth, covering back, front and tops of the teeth, ensuring that the edges of your gums are also cleaned.
When you're marvelling over your super sonic deep clean as you stand and vibrate away (oo err), be prepared to be pleasantly startled when the brush suddenly changes its dulcet vibrate tone to several short bursts of vibration! This is your cue to rinse and finish up your tooth cleaning session as your two minutes have been completed. A word of warning though- do be sure to switch off the brush before you remove it from your mouth and pop it under the tap, otherwise your bathroom will receive the equivalent to your pet dog having a shake after a swim.
**What I Likes and What I don't Likes so Much**
It goes without saying that I'm a fan of the whole electric toothbrush experience as a whole. It cleans much more thoroughly than a manual brush and is much less like hard work! As far as the 'sensitive' part is concerned, I guess it's pretty much a matter of the brush heads being made of gentle bristles which are kind to your tooth enamel. You can buy the brush heads in packs of 4 or 8 ( and maybe more!), but your brush unit will fit any standard Oral B brush heads- so I guess you could quite easily adapt your product to a less sensive version on purchasing replacement heads without realising it! They're not cheap, but to be honest, they don't seem to need replacing as much as a manual brush. Your brush head's bristles with lighten in colour when it's time to replace it. Cleaning wise- this brush is a really good performer and charging time is fine. It's reasonably priced at around £34, but wait for a sale and you'll grab a bargain!
The only gripe that I have with the brush is a small picky thing- and that is that the rubber grooved grip collects crusty toothpaste a fair bit (mmm- attractive). But to be fair, perhaps that's my fault for not rinsing it sufficiently!
My second gripe is with the whole electric mains toothbrush thing as a whole. I don't have a two point plug socket in my bathroom and dislike having to plug it in elsewhere, which in my case is in the kitchen as my bathroom is downstairs. It just looks a bit wrong next to the toaster and the utensil pot!
On the whole a great buy for the oral health fan- no major faults, a long lasting, sturdy character that is entirely fit for purpose! It has a two year guarantee, which considering the price, is impressive and will ensure that you get your money's worth!
Put your best smile forward when you take a step up in oral hygiene with the Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush / This white and blue toothbrush has a high-speed oscillating system that helps thoroughly clean even sensitive teeth to fight plaque and keep both teeth and gums healthy / The Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush oscillates 7,600 times per minute, but also has a soft brush head, which makes it ideal for sensitive teeth and gums / The brush head surrounds each tooth and deep cleans even the hard-to-reach areas, eliminating plaque / The two-minute built-in timer on the handle helps you brush for the recommended full two minutes / The Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush helps you maintain good dental hygiene, even if you have sensitive teeth and gums / Take a step towards healthy teeth and improve your oral hygiene with the Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush ! Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed 7,600 oscillations per minute Clock timer function Yes, two-minute timer on handle Shower function No Type of head Soft brush head for sensitive teeth and gums Power supply Rechargeable battery Included accessories 2 x brush heads Charger with stand Rechargeable battery Colours White and blue