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Omron are an hygenic electronics brand that many of us havent heard of us, but I saw this Omron Sonic Style 458 in a sale for £44 so I though I would go for it. In general it is a good toothbrush for the money, but I think if you spent the same money on an oral b or braun then you would be forgiven in thinkng that you would probably get more for your buck. But it is comforting to know that the Sonic technology operates at up to 33,000 strokes per minute to help you get that clean feeling, and thats enough to rock the hind legs off a donkey.
The new Sonic Style , meaning it vibrates allot, toothbrush can also be coupled with the optional accessories to improve your oral hygiene routine. The one thing that strikes me about this product is that it doesnt really look like other electric toothbrushes. It looks very slim, stylish and light, I also like the black colour, it shouts 'manly'.
The brush is rechargeable and features include the combination of three different swing modes and five speed settings that you can adjust and combine touse to your personal preference, the three Swing modes, are all designed to focus on the optimum cleaning method for each part of your mouth, i.e. front back and sides of teeth. To remove plaque effectively with this electric toothbrush, you do not actually brush your teeth in the traditional way, but you rub the tip of the brush head gently and the sonic movement oes the rest. The brush gently lifts and disperses plaque while cleaning and then you just wash it out.
Id like to describe the modes in more detail, so the standard swing mode operates at 25,000 strokes per minute. The Wide Swing mode doubles width stroke to maximise contact with the teeth and continues to gently cleans the gap between teeth and gums. The last mode is the Point Swing Mode which moves quite a bit deeper in a vertical direction and this enables you to effectively brush the back teeth and inner side of the front teeth. The brush will show different lights orange or blue depending on which mode you pick.
So like all electric toothbrushes you will need to buy replacement brush heads, it already comes with 1 Super Fine Bristle Head and 1 Triple Cleaning brush head. So this enables you to pick which one is best for you. In addition to this there is also a point swing brush available but this needs to be purchased as an optional accessory and I havent looked into how much this costs.
The brush also has 30 Second Timer for Optimised Cleaning so that the timer goes off after you have cleaned each part of your mouth and so you do it for an equal amount of time. The brush also has a three minute shut off feature so the total aggregated time that yu bursh never goes over 3 mins, which is the length of time the dentists say you should spend cleaning your teeth. It will also ensure that you would not leave the brush on after you have used it , but to be honest I dont know how you could do this anyway.
All in all there are plenty of good features with this brush and for the price you do get some good value for money, but as Omron are not a massively common make, you have to watch it and make sure that you can get replacements easily.
When I chose to pay the sum of 55.99 for this electric toothbrush from Omron, I expected to be given a product of very good quality, a product almost superior to its other competing brand, the very reliable Braun, Braun not even close to costing as much as this model from Omron. So let me jhust be frank and say, go with Braun if you ever consider to buy yourself an electric toothbrush, because this model, expensive as it is, fails miserably!
First of all, in the beginning, I had quite a lot of difficulty learning how to use it, as I am not an engineer or something to that account, and therefore was irritated when I didn`t get a hang of it right away. There are for instance several speeds to choose from, and while the lowest speed doesn`t have an effect at all, the highest speed makes the teeth feel like they`re being polished away, not comfortable, I tell you! But in spite of the very high level of speed, the weird thing is, this electric toothbrush doesn`t make my teeth and mouth feel in any way more cleaned and refreshed than an ordinary toothbrush does, and that`s why I am so disappointed by this expensive Omron! I have used it for several months now, and I still don`t feel like it does a very good job cleaning my teeth, and where as my older Braun model makes my teeth feel very well cleaned and refreshed, this toothbrush fails to do so! I have no good explaination as to why it doesn`t work for me, it just doesn`t!
All though it looks expensive and is just that, this electric tootbrush fails to clean my teeth in the way I expect it to do, and because of that I cannot recommend you to buy it, and would instead urge you to go for the more reliable brand, Braun.
Expensive and looking flashy, but not a good choice.
When the Amazon Vine newsletter came out a couple of months ago and I saw this electric toothbrush on it, I jumped at the chance to receive it. Not because I don't love my Braun Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean electric toothbrush, but because I always wondered if those fancy expensive electric toothbrushes you wouldn't dream of spending that much more money on were any good. This toothbrush certainly comes under the heading of 'fancy expensive toothbrush.' Costing £89.99 currently on Amazon, this sleek, lightweight electric toothbrush is something most people would simply glance at thinking 'How much for a toothbrush?!'
When this arrived I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed. Even just glancing at the instructions proved to me this wasn't going to be your average toothbrush, and instead wouldn't look out of place at your dentist's. The instructions said to charge this toothbrush up for no less than 16 hours. It uses a shaver socket so you will need an adapter or an appropriate socket to plug this into. The brush comes with 2 different brush heads, a Triple Cleaning Head (three types of bristles, which apparently applies 'uniform force' to remove plague) and a Super-Fine Soft Bristle Head (removes plague gently, for sensitive gums). I don't have particularly sensitive gums so I've always stuck to using the Triple Cleaning Head. Attaching the head however, was another matter. The instructions seem to make this sound rather easy, but it actually proved quite difficult. When I finally got the head onto the brush properly, I was dismayed to find it expects me to detach the head after each time I used the toothbrush. It's safe to say that's never happened, as it's too fiddly and difficult to get it on.
The toothbrush has a power switch, and it lights up green when the brush is switched on. The booklet helpfully warns me I might feel a strong vibration (an electric toothbrush does that you know), however it's warning you that this is a sonic electric toothbrush, and if you've never used one before then it will take some getting used to. I was slightly alarmed when I first switched this on after 16 hours of charging, the force of the vibration is rather scary, and I couldn't imagine putting it anywhere near my mouth! First impressions were good however, I was impressed by this sonic power and pictured brilliant sparkling teeth, and it's so sleek and lightweight compared to my bulky Oral-B, I couldn't wait to get using it.
The problems with this toothbrush for me start here. You see, it's not as simple as an 'on/off' button as I'm used to with my trusty Oral-B, but there's also a variety of different settings, to use on various parts of your teeth, at various stages of brushing. The instructions start with the Swing mode, of which there are 3 different cleaning modes which are changed by pressing the Swing button. In Standard swing mode, the indicator is off, in Wide Swing mode the indicator is orange, and in Point Swing mode it's blue. Not too confusing yet, with the exception of wondering just what the hell a swing mode is, but this isn't the end of it. In Wide Swing mode, the bristle moves two times wider in a horizontal way compared to standard swing mode. This is recommended for gently cleaning the gap between teeth and gums. In Point Swing mode, the bristles move 1.5 times in a vertical way compared to the standard mode. It's recommended for cleaning the inner side of front teeth, back teeth and area that is difficult to clean thoroughly due to poorly aligned teeth.
So once you've summarised those 3 settings, you also have to note the two arrow buttons on your toothbrush, which lets you choose between 5 different speeds in any of the Swing modes. Oh, and every 30 seconds the toothbrush will pause for a second to let you know it's time to move onto your next set of teeth.
After carefully reading the instructions and feeling slightly confused, I gave the brush its first go. The sonic power is rather alarmingly violent, and I decided there and then I wasn't going to mess around with speeds. Now, the instructions say to only switch the brush on when it's in your mouth, and switch it off when it's in, don't take it out because it will spray toothpaste everywhere. Ok I thought, but how do I know which Swing mode I'm on because I can't see the light? Well, you just have to guess which mode you're on! The first few times I used this toothbrush it did tickle my gums, but this is expected because I wasn't used to it, and as I used it more this feeling seemed to pass. I carefully placed the brush onto my teeth and let the sonic powder do all the work, but where my tooth paste will usually foam up quite well and make me feel as if my teeth are clean, this brush doesn't seem to have any effect on the toothpaste and towards the end I feel as if I never applied any to the brush head! As for those various Swing modes, they went out the window, I can never seem to remember what setting does what or which area I should be using it on and how I can back to normal and well, when I'm half asleep on a morning/evening the last thing I want is something complicated.
The sound this toothbrush makes sounds like something straight from your Dentist, and turning this brush up to the highest speed, a speed which is actually really alarming, you could almost mistake it for the Dentist's drill.
Afterwards I must admit my teeth don't feel any better really, probably the same as my normal toothbrush, and after using it for a couple of weeks I really wasn't starting to see any difference. This might be down to the fact I wasn't using it to its full potential, I did try to change settings and re-read the instructions several times, but at 7:30am on a Monday morning I'm not in the mood for a complicated gadget. One good point to note is that the charge does hold for much longer on this toothbrush than my usual one, and it was nice to know that it wasn't going to slow down half way through brushing.
The toothbrush comes with 2 different brush heads, one of each, however a replacement pack of 2 costs £6.99 on Amazon so again, not cheap.
It's probably a good toothbrush for those with the patience, or people who are really into their high tech toothbrushes and sparkly teeth, however I'm not. Give me my Oral-B toothbrush any day with its simple 'On/Off' button and its ending pause to let me know I'm done. I don't need fancy settings and supersonic power and various brush heads, because at the end of the day, all I want to do is brush my teeth and move on.
** Update Sept 2010 **
After 5 months of using this toothbrush, the charge now only lasts a day or two before it needs charging again. Not what I expect from a toothbrush costing this much!