Product Type: Omron electric toothbrushes
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Supersonic toothbrush... too fiddly for early mornings?
Omron Sonic Style Electric Toothbrush
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Omron Sonic Style Electric Toothbrush
Date: 05/05/10, updated on 14/09/10 (647 review reads)
Advantages: It's lightweight, has sonic power, and comes with 2 different brush heads.
Disadvantages: So many different settings... far too complex for mornings!
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!
Summary: It's a Sonic toothbrush with a expensive price tag... but don't bother if you like it simple.
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