I have tried many different tooth brushes in the past: circular rotation brushes, reciprocal brushes, even brushes that play music in your mouth! (Fun, but not effective). But I have to say I have the best results with Sonicare.
My teeth look whiter, my gums are healthier, and it just feels clean! I recently saw my Dentist, for the first time in over a year (not recommended) and he was very impressed with my oral hygiene. I told him honestly that I don't floss as much as I should, or use mouth wash as often as my thinks I should, but my gums were still healthy and my teeth very clean.
One thing in particular I enjoy about the Sonicare Advanced, is the replaceable batteries. I have used other Sonicare products in the past, they have all worked very well, but the rechargeable internal battery packs eventually stop holding a charge and must be replaced. The affordability along with the functionality of Sonicare Advanced makes it the number one brush in this writers humble opinion.
The size of the brush head is also smaller than other electric tooth brushes I've used in the past, which again, I really enjoy. The bulky heads make it hard to get my molars without gagging or just plain hurting from how wide I have open my maw! The moderate sized head is very comfortable and, I feel, very effective.
I got my Sonicare brush just after Christmas after a dentist recommended it for a friend. Although it did seem a bit pricey, paying £59.99 for a toothbrush I didnt mind so much as I finally got a chance to spend all those Boots Advantage points that Ive been saving for the past few years.
The toothbrush has the following features
· 31,000 brush strokes per minute
· Naturally whiter, healthier teeth in 28 days
· Safe and gentle on gums
· Clinically proven to reverse gingivitis
· Dynamic fluid cleaning action
· 16 hour charge for up to 56 minutes use
· 2 minute Smartimer and easy start
· Includes 1 medium brushhead
It comes with a charger which can be plugged into a two point shaver socket which recharges the brush for around 60 minutes of use - which if you used twice daily for 2 minutes a time it would last 15 days before needing recharging again.
Ive not used an electric toothbrush before so when you first start using it, it really takes some getting used too. Unlike other electric toothbrushes, the head doesn't rotate; it vibrates ultrasonically (hence the name sonicare). This tickles on certain parts of the gums, but there is a programme built into the toothbrush that increases the speed of the toothbrush over the first 12 uses (until it reaches optimum speed) to help you get used to this.
Because of the ultrasonic vibrations its always a good idea to put the toothbrush in your mouth after putting the toothpaste on and before turning it on unless you want your bathroom covered in specks of toothpaste! My mirror was completed covered for the first week.
You don't need to do the brushing action you would with a normal toothbrush, you just slowly move it all over your mouth ultrasonically causing the plaque to vibrate off of your teeth. The toothbrush is timed to brush for 2 minutes (the length of time recommended by dentists) and then turn off, and the newer models are set for 4 30 second sections so you can divide your mouth into four and make sure you clean each part for the recommended 30 secs.
Since using this toothbrush my gums have felt healthier and my teeth look cleaner and whiter, and there is no way I will go back to a normal toothbrush again
If you do buy one, you need to figure in the cost of replacement brushes which are generally about £15 each. Handily enough they come colour coded so if you want to share it with someone you can have an easily identifiable brush each.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to improve the condition of his or her teeth and gums.
I first bought a Sonicare when they were introduced for the first time on QVC. I paid over £100 for it, a lot of money. It is quite a unique brushing experience and takes some getting used to. When you first use it it is programmed to start you off gently gradually building up to full strength. It works by the sonic waves loosening the plaque which forms on the teeth. It must work as since using one I have never had to have a scale & polish at the dentist. Prior to this I had one every 6 months.
The first one lasted about 4 years so when it gave up the ghost I bought another. The price had come down by then and I paid about £80. Unfortunately it stopped working after 10 months but no worries it had a 2 year guarantee. Philips replaced the main unit and included a free brush head which on their own are around £15 to buy although you only need to replace them every 6 months. However it has gone wrong again less than a year since the last replacement. This time Philips wouldn't replace it. Why? Because they say the unit I returned was manufactured before 2001. What has happened is that I sent them originally my 2003 unit and they replaced it with an older version or a reconditioned one. I am absolutely furious. They didn't even offer to repair it for me just returned it. I won't be replacing it with a new one. There are other sonic brushes on the market now and I shall try one of those instead. A shame but customer service is everything and I have been badly let down by Philips.
I?ve used an electric toothbrush for years, and find them far superior to an ordinary toothbrush. The Sonicare is supposed to be a step forward in technology. In theory it emits frequencies which destroy bacteria and so gets rid of plaque which would normally escape ordinary brushing. For that reason I was prepared to pay a lot more money for this machine. I can?t remember the amount but it?s about 150 pounds, and I recently bought a replacement brush head which cost 15 pounds. The bottom line is that it?s not worth that much money. Sitting in the dentist?s chair I was disappointed to get a perfectly average verdict on my mouth, indicating the sound waves were a little flat. On the plus side, the Sonicare is very reliable. It?s lasted a great deal longer than any other model I?ve had, which usually need replacing after about a year. The brush also has an integral timer. This is quite useful and basically signals when it?s time to move on and start attending to another quadrant of your mouth. Although I don?t believe this is a unique feature to this brush. Another downside is that you don?t just need to worry about cleaning your teeth, but your brush too. Because about once a week it?s necessary to take it apart and wipe down the insides which can get gunked up with toothpaste residue, it?s not a particularly pleasant job. Overall the Sonicare is no worse than any other electric toothbrush, but it?s no better either, and for that hefty price tag it should be.