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I am a sucker for marketing gimmicks so when I saw an advertisement for the Oral B head with a 'polishing cap,' I was eager to give it a go as I'm desperate for a Hollywood smile! (My teeth are not particularly bad or stained but I liked the idea of the toothbrush helping to whiten my teeth) Formally these heads have been called the Pro Bright brush heads but are now going under the name of Oral-B 3D White Twin Heads. However the product is exactly the same.
For a twin pack you will pay around 9 pounds in the shops but you may find them cheaper online. They are quite expensive!
The head of the toothbrush is very different looking to other replacement heads. It is the usual round shaped collection of bristles; there are two rows of blue bristles on the edge that are slightly longer than the others, a small row of white bristles and then two medium sized rows of green bristles down either side. These bristles are all set around the focal novel addition of the 'polishing cup' which is a yellow soft plastic lump in the middle of the brush. This is a magic cup that can remove stains and polish the teeth; it is designed to keep the toothpaste in the middle a little longer.
These heads are compatible with the following Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes:
* Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide
* Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 4000
* Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 Series
* Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 Series
* Oral-B VitalityTM Precision Clean
* Oral-B VitalityTM Dual Clean
* Oral-B Pro-Health Battery Precision Clean
* Oral-B Pro-Health Battery Dual Clean
When using the brush head, I use a pea sized amount of toothpaste and blob it in the middle of the head. I then brush my teeth in my usual way. The outer bristles are longer than the rest and these are quite thin so really get into the gaps between the teeth. When I first used the brush, for a couple of days my gums bled as I think I was pushing on too hard. This is not uncommon for me when I have a new brush head as they are quite firm but I think I overcompensated for the polishing cap and was pushing on harder in order to try get the best out of this. I wanted polished teeth! However, it is pointless trying to do this and you should just use the brush as you would any other.
You can actually feel the plastic polishing cap running along your teeth which is unusual as it seems to squeak a bit on the teeth. It is not a bad feeling though and it must be doing something if I can feel it in this manner. Due to how it is designed, toothpaste does seem to stay on the toothbrush longer; the cap seems to hold it which is useful as it gives all the teeth a chance to have the paste rubbed across them.
As for results, my teeth are exactly the same shade of white as before and I have not noticed an improvement in how they look. I do not have bad looking teeth to start with though so if you had quite stained teeth then you may notice much more of a result. After using the brush my teeth do feel really clean and it is nice to run my tongue across such polished teeth, but to be honest this does not feel very different to the effect of a normal Oral B brush head.
Maybe these heads are more than just a gimmick but I have not seen an improvement in my teeth. For this reason I will not buy them again as they are not worth the extra money in my eyes. I like the design and feel of the brush but seen as they do nothing for me, I cannot justify wasting my money on them.
Pro Bright brush heads can be used in conjunction wi th most Oral-B electric toothbrushes, and are designed to help whiten your teeth. I had heard of whitening toothpastes and gels, but never a whitening toothbrush, so I had to give this a try to see if it really worked- I, like many other people, would love whiter teeth.
The brush itself looks a tad odd. There are two rows of three blue and white bristles across the top and bottom, and one row of three green bristles down each side. The blue bristles gradually change colour to white to indicate when you need to change the head. When the blue bristles have changed over half way down to white, then you really need to buy a replacement brush head. This is particularly important, as if you over-use the bush, it's cleaning ability is reduced significantly.
In the centre of the cup, there is a yellow plastic bead. It reminds me of a yellow hot bead that I used to play with as a child. The packaging informs me this is actually a polishing cup, and works by gently removing stains to give me naturally whiter teeth.
Using the brush head does feel strange. I am very conscious of this piece of plastic squeaking across my teeth, which is not particularly pleasant. I was also worried the brush wouldn't clean my teeth as thoroughly as a standard brush head, as the yellow polishing cup was taking up valuable bristle space.
Having used this brush head morning and night for three months now, there has been no change in the colour of my teeth whatsoever. I have tried a lot of whitening toothpastes in the past, and although they rarely live up to their dramatic claims, they at least usually make a slight improvement in the colour of my teeth. With this there was literally no improvement at all, which I found really disappointing. Perhaps it depends on the nature of the stains on the teeth. It may well be better designed for removing stains from red wine and tobacco rather than plaque, but as I don't drink wine or smoke I wouldn't be in a position to comment on whether this is the case. From my own personal experience I found the heads useless and shall not be purchasing these again.
In terms of keeping my teeth and gums clean and healthy, I guess they did the job as I needed no clean and polish or fillings after three months of using this head. However, I personally feel that I would get a more thorough clean from a head that had extra bristles in the middle rather than a useless polishing cup.
These heads are considerably dearer than the standard heads, as a pack of two will set you back £10, and a pack of 4 is about £16. This works out at about £1 extra per head for the Pro Bright brushes. In my experience you would be better buying the standard heads, and putting the extra pound towards a whitening toothpaste.
In summary I really wouldn't recommend these brush heads. They failed to whiten my teeth at all, and paying a premium for them was a waste of money. In future I will be sticking to either the Dual Clean or the Precision Clean brush heads, as these seem to have done a much better job of cleaning my teeth.