One of my worst fears is to have my teeth removed to have false teeth fitted, so therefore I look after my teeth very well. I always go to the dentist every six months and also visit the hygienist and I clean my teeth at least twice a day and floss a couple of times a week.
It is recommended that your toothbrush head every three months as this will give you the maximum cleaning result. These Oral B heads include an indictor to let you know when the head needs changing which I think is a great feature. The blue colouring on the bristles turns white with use which indicates that you need to replace it. I would probably say that mine last about four to five months until they have turned completely white but I will replace them any time in between three and five months.
I know that replacement heads can be very expensive and sometimes almost as much as the toothbrush itself but at the end of the day the toothbrush isn't any use without the head, so I think it is something that you need to have of a good quality to do the job right. However I actually had a real bargain with these as I bought a pack of four from Ebay for £8.99 with free delivery. This pack is sold at Boots for £16.49 although they do have special offers on from time to time, and from Amazon for £12.25 also with free delivery.
The heads come in the usual rigid plastic package which is impossible to open with your fingers and still a bit tricky with a pair of scissors or a knife, but I suppose that this does protect the brushes. The brushes have a criss cross bristle effect which is designed to remove plaque as the bristles are at several angles which I think is to get inside all the different shapes and sizes of your teeth. The bristles are also several different lengths with the ones at the top pointing inwards at angle.
I can say that I am more than pleased with these heads and my teeth always feel very clean and smooth following brushing. You do not have to use a lot of pressure with them as the different angles and direction of the brushes seem to work and remove any food from my teeth. I make sure that I pay as much attention to the back of my teeth and also the ones at the sides and this head does this with no problem at all. I would describe the bristles as quite firm but they have never rubbed my gums or made them sore.
As with most toothbrushes you just pull the old one off which comes off quite easy with a little tug and click the new one in place. I must say that I can tell a difference when I first start using a new brush and always wish I had done it sooner!
I would say that these heads are good quality and although I think they are quite expensive if you pay full price at the end of the day you only have one set of teeth so I like to look after them!
Last year when my trusted Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush finally gave up the ghost, I invested in one of the Oral-B Sonic Toothbrushes - in my opinion, a much better purchase. Eventually, as the brushes supplied wore out, I had to purchase some new heads, and looking on Amazon, I managed to get a 4 pack for just under £12 at the time - a dam sight cheaper than the £20 plus I was paying for a 2-pack for my old Philips Sonicare, especially when you consider that if you change the head every 3 months as recommended, the Oral-B brushes are a year's supply for just under £12, compared to the £40 plus I would be paying for the Philips brushes. So a great saving all round.
The brushes come sealed in a stiff plastic package, which seems to require an attack from a ninja battle sword and a whole army to get into. But once inside, what is so wonderful about these Oral B Sonic brushes? Well they have something called 'CrissCross' bristles, which means they set the bristles at multiple angles in opposing directions. Apparently, this is meant to enable the brush to reach better between you teeth to brush away the plaque and clean away any debris. Does it work? Difficult to say really. I've been using these Oral B brushes for about a year now, and at a recent dental check-up, my dentist said that everything was great, just as he did previously when I was using the Philips Sonicare brushes. But in both cases I also use those little TePe Interdental brushes to floss and brush between my teeth, so I suppose that helps as well. But either way, these Oral B brushes do seem to perform well and give a thorough cleaning experiance.
What else is there in the design? In use, to me the bristles feel about a medium stiffness. They are not so hard so as to rip in to your gums, but not so soft that they don't feel like they are doing any cleaning. The front bristles are slightly longer, which means that they can push better and further into the more difficult to clean areas. In that respect, I find that they do work well, particularly at the back of my mouth which can often be a difficult place to clean. Another good feature is that they have a built in wear indicator, which is a sort of blue colouring on the bristles which slowly turns to white through use, which indicates the bristles are now worn and it is time to replace the head. Now for me with my routine of cleaning 2, sometimes 3 times a day, this wear indicator seems to be fairly accurate for the 3 month point, although it is a gradual process and can be a little subjective as to if it is totally worn, or just on its way.
To replace the brush itself is just a case of pulling the old one off of the main handle, and slotting the new one on - very quick and easy to do.
Negative points? To be honest, I can't really fault them. The quality of the Oral-B toothbrush itself is excellent, and that quality is mirrored right through into the brush head. Perhaps they could be cheaper, but that is a very minor point, although it is unfortunate that the likes of big supermarkets etc haven't (or aren't able to because of patent) done their own cheaper versions of the brush head to slot on to the handle.
In summary, this is a very good brush head that provides a very thorough in depth cleaning experience for your teeth. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
Although my Oral-B Sonic Toothbrush was an excellent purchase, I do have to remind myself to buy replacement brush heads when my current ones begin to look at little worse for wear. Said brush heads are white and turquoise in colour, and are of the 'fixed' (rather than the 'rotating') design. The heads are compatible with any of Oral-B's 'Sonic' brushes, but not the newer 'Pulsonic' range.
Price & Availability + Design
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The brushes appear to be fairly expensive at £10.89 for the four pack, although each one lasts around three months, so the price you pay will be for a years supply. Online they're available from Amazon, whereas Tesco and Boots sell them if you're someone who prefers to buy from the high street.
In terms of the brush's features, it utilizes what Oral-B are calling 'CrissCross' technology, which angles the bristles in opposite directions to better reach between teeth - this doesn't actually make much difference in practical terms, and would appear to be a bit of a gimmick. An altogether more useful feature is the 'Indicator', which shows the user when it's time for a replacement when the blue bar on the bristles fades to white. In terms of the bristles themselves, I appreciate the fact that they aren't too hard (I would describe them as somewhere between medium and soft), meaning that they will be easy on the gums in the long-run.
Using the Brush Head & Final Word
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Fitting the brush head is really easy, simply slide your old one off, and push a new one into place - there's no release buttons to be concerned with, just pull and then push until the head will go no further! In terms of the overall quality of the brush heads, i've found them to be long-lasting and well made - the three months use that I previously mentioned could comfortably be streched to four in my personal experience. To be honest, it's a good job that these heads are decent, as Oral-B Sonic users don't actually have much choice - there aren't any other supermarket own alternatives to choose from. Recommended as the only option!
Braun oral-b sonic replacement brush head
The head of my electric toothbrush was looking a bit worse for wear and so when these were on offer at sainsburys with 25% off, I decided it was worth parting with the cash and buying a pack of 4. At my reckoning, if I have to change toothbrush every three years, then these should last a whole year. So, although the price tag of around the £15 mark (RRP) seems steep, it's not a lot for a year's worth of brushing.
The replacement heads promise to have a number of features which will help to keep gnashers shiny and healthy:
* Patented CrissCross bristles
* Effectively remove plaque without irratating gums
* Help prevent gum disease for firmer, healthier gums
* Remove even tough stains leaving naturally whiter teeth
Product and Packaging...
The replacement heads come in a pack of 4 although they are also available in twos and i have seen them for sale singly online, costing £3.95, although there is always the p and p costs
The replacement heads come in plastic packaging which needs scissors or something sharp to open up. Once inside I see that the four heads are all individually and hygienically wrapped but this at least is just card wrapping.
The heads themselves are like the heads i bought when i first bought my tooth brush. On the brushead, the bristles are different lengths and the ones at the top are angled slightly, presumably to get into all of those hard to reach places.
.The replacement head apparently fits all Oral-b Sonic handles and when i had a look on the oral b website it does appear that there are other replacement heads depending on the type of tooth cleaner you are!!
What I think...
I knew I was going to like these because I liked the original toothbrush heads until they went all soft on me. The heads are easy to put onto the toothbrush- simply slide off the old raggy head and slide the shiny new one onto the metal hole and there you go, a nice new and ready to use toothbrush.
If you have an Oral b sonic toothbrush, it's worth buying the heads- they last ages and the alternative is a new toothbrush.
Thanks for reading.