I acquired the device some 2 years ago following my dentist's recommendation. However, he is innocent from specifying the brand name.
My wife and myself were very happy with it.It is reasonably easy to use and it really feels different to clean your teeth and massage your gum.
Although the appartus was not used extensively for personal reasons suddenly the plastic hose connecting the water pump to the handheld nozzle was cut and the device became useless.
The cut was at a sharply pent end of the coiled hose at the base of the nozzle. The cause seems to be due to BAD Design.
After some rather complicated dental surgery that saved a tooth, but at the cost of creating a 'food trap' my dentist recommended that I get a Braun OxyJet. I bought one and started to use it regularly. I now never use a toothbrush, except to shine up the front of my mouth. What's the point? After brushing and flossing, if you use the water jet you flush out all sorts of particles and bits that were still lurking under the gums. I had stopped eating popcorn, one of my favourite foods, because those sharp husks slide up under the gums and cause trouble. Now I just jet them all out. I have two of these now, so that if one breaks down, there is a spare in reserve. I did have a problem of non-functioning with one, but whatever was wrong cleared up after having a few weeks rest. I just wish I'd had one of these 30 years ago - my teeth would be in much better shape than they are now, but I haven't had any problems since getting this device three years ago and my gums and teeth are in fine fettle.
I bought this expensive contraption some years ago after reading that a water jet is good for the gums. It has a water reservoir which plugs into the base, and a handle on a short hose which takes a clip-on spray head. The handle has a on-off button and a boost button. The base has a pressure control knob which controls the speed of the pump. From new, it had a fault which caused it to randomly switch on and squirt water around the bathroom. I should have taken it back to the store, but somehow I never got around to it. (With hindsight, I can also say that I should never have bought it in the first place.) Although the fault was annoying, I did find that using the Oxyjet seemed to benefit my gums somewhat. But using it regularly was too much of a faff. Just filling the reservoir with warmed water and wiping the overspray off the walls was bad enough, but trying to keep the reservoir, pump and pipes bug free was even more tedious, so I ended up just using it occasionally. Imagine my surprise then, when after about 12 months of very intermittent use it suffered catastrophic plastic fatigue and broke. The business end of the handle shattered while I was using it, apparently due to the water pressure overstressing the plastic moulding at the spray-head latch. I have now retired the Oxyjet to my black museum of overpriced products that don't work. And almost everyday I wonder how Braun keeps their good reputation.
The expensive Braun oxyjet System provides you with a toothbrush and water jet system to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly. Although I floss every day due to overlapping teeth, there are parts that toothbrushes and floss do not reach. I have a wisdom tooth that refuses to budge and break through my gumline and bacteria lurk there. My tooth is slowly moving, so shortly I shall get it removed, until then I have to be very thorough with cleaning. My dentist wasn’t keen on removing it until it grows, as it would mean breaking my jaw, ouch!!. She suggested I used the Braun Oxyjet system to clean where the floss couldn’t, and recommended it. But it very, very expensive - anything from £60 to £80. As she realised that I was poor (ahh) she said what she recommended was to use a syringe. Get a curved monoject 412 syringe from the chemists (its not a sharp syringe, it doesn’t have a needle, its curved and can get into nooks and crannies) or some dentists may give you one for nothing (mine did). Fill the syringe up with either warm water or mouthwash or a combination of both and aim the end of the syringe towards your gums and squirt. Once you get the hang of it you get a powerful jet of water or mouthwash blasting away debris round your teeth. Try it because if it works for you , you have saved a fortune, if not you haven’t lost anything.
He was grinding the surface of my teeth at the time, in preparation for my veneering, the dentist this is, so I was pretty well at his mercy. The whole process, trapped in the chair while he performed this tortuous task, was booked to take two hours, so he felt he had to chat about something. He explained in great detail, that most problems concerning teeth start with the gums. We all think we clean our teeth well, but most of the time neglect the gum massage, and although flossing removes the dangerous plaque build up between our teeth, the build up is inevitable. As we get older, gums can shrink, exposing the roots, thus leading to infections, toothache and then extraction. He told me I should invest in an electric water jet made by Braun. The principle being that the pressure of the jets of water directed between each tooth will remove the finest particles of food that get stuck there, thus preventing the inevitable decay. Mmmmmm! I expected the dentist to have this instrument of more torture in stock himself, but he didn't, I had to order it from the Chemist's. Three weeks wait they said. Fine. I gulped in shock when I went to collect 'it' as it was £80.00!!!!! Too late to back out. It looks like an electric toothbrush, with several different heads. They, being variously sized jet heads.There's a container for the water, plug it in, choose the size jet, select the speed of the spray and aim at your teeth! Oh my God!!!!!!!! Pain, like I hit the ceiling in pure agony, couldn't turn the thing off, got soaked, water everywhere, the searing, penetrating, red hot PAIN!!!! I gathered myself together, lowered the pressure and had another go. I couldn't stand it in most areas of my mouth, which proved I needed to use this 'thing'. I persevered, and was quite shocked at the amount of debris that had collected between my teeth, and I was doing this having just cleane
d and flossed in the normal way. I stuck with it for several months, after all, I'd spent a lot of money hadn't I? I hate the 'thing'. I can't bring myself to use it. It's gathering dust, and I think something is growing in the water chamber. I know in theory, this 'thing' is very good, and will help prevent infection and tooth decay, but I've not met anybody else who was mad enough to spend hard earned money on such an agonising instrument of pain. I should recommend it for health reasons, but be prepared for the consequences. It's called the Braun Jetspray. £80.00. On writing this review, I'm revving myself up to give it a good clean and try again. I'll let you know. Some weeks later!!!! It's taken me a fair while to pluck up the courage to clean the dead wild life, mildew, fungus and general air of decay from this Braun Jetspray contraption. I didn't enjoy it. I enjoyed using it even less. This morning, after a good night's sleep, I went for it. I now have raging toothache and am on the verge of cracking up completely. I was unable to open the child proof top from the Paracetamol. I have had to knock on a neighbours door for help. The elderly gentleman couldn't get it off either. I took a sharp instrument to the container and have mutilated it to get to the painkillers.The cold water I needed to take them made me hit the ceiling again. Hot sweet tea is out of the question My jaw is on fire. The pain is of the raging variety.My eyes are running with tears. Don't ever buy one. I am giving it to my bloke Morty to sell at a Car Boot next Sunday. I have instructed him not to come home with it, but to dump it....anywhere. I never want to see it again.
The Braun Oral-B oral irrigator features a multi-stream for gum massage and a mono stream for removal of food particles.