I got this toothbrush for Christmas after putting it on my list. My husband bought it for me. It was expensive it cost him about £90! Oops hope it works is what I thought.
I had decided to put it on my list because I had heard that it was good at getting rid of plaque and was fed up of trying to keep my teeth clean only to be told by the dentist that I had a build up of plaque!
The toothbrush comes complete with a charger and also two brush heads. When you need new heads you have to buy them although I have only had to do this once at a cost of £25 so again not cheap.
The brush also has a timer on it so that you can make sure you brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes which when you first start doing it seems to take forever so this proved how quickly I was brushing my teeth before I was actually shocked.
You don't have to have the timer on if you don't want to but I did find it really useful and would recommend using it to make sure your teeth are cleaned as thoroughly as possible.
When I first started using the brush I was impressed with how clean my teeth felt afterwards, the only thing I can liken it to is when you have them cleaned at the dentist so I was really pleased with it. I had wondered if the brush may hurt as I had not previously used an electric one but it did not.
The heads are easy to change over you just twist them.
My toothbrush has never run out of charge but I just put it on overnight each night this is probably more than it needs but its just habit now.
I have been really pleased with the toothbrush and my dentist noticed a difference so it must work!
I think this toothbrush is good for anyone even if you don't think you have problems with your teeth I would still get one because it will prevent future problems.
I used to spend about eight minutes a time brushing my teeth with a manual toothbrush until my teeth felt clean. Every year I would need another filling and they would polish my teeth. Then a friend told me about sonicare brushes. They use sonic waves to clean your teeth which very efficiently cleans the teeth yet is gentle on them and the gums. I have a phobia of going to the dentists so I was willing to give anything a try that would reduce my time in there.
The first time I used it, it felt very strange. However I knew what to expect on the second brush and I soon got used to the sensation. It does have a gentle setting for when you first use it and it then increases after several uses, you can also set these two speeds manually.
My teeth have never felt cleaner or looked so white and I only brush for two minutes a time now. I got the brush two years ago and in that time I've not had a polish or a filling. The dentist even comments on how clean my teeth are and guessed I was using a sonic brush.
I charge it about once a week. I have had it for two years now and it works as well as the day I got it.
The only thing is the cost of the heads, they work out about ten pounds a time. They are supposed to last six months but I feel they need changing every four.
My teeth were getting a bit gross - I smoke, drink and love my coffee so I'm surprised I even have teeth left but this brush is a life saver! At first its hard to get use to the power, even when I change the brushes I still get taken back by how vigorous it is but the sonic brushes don't hurt your gums or do any damage they just eliminate plaque like a jackhammer. I've used other mechanical brushes and just didn't see enough difference to make it worth charging it every 5 seconds. This brush does a really thorough job and really makes you realise how dirty your teeth get just from one day of eating/coffee or compared to 20 years of brushing by hand.
I started brushing with this before I had 2 fillings and an extraction that cost more than this brush but after 12 months of using it I got a clean bill from the dentist, after years of atleast one filling a year Im extremely chuffed with the brush.
The battery life of the brush is very impressive, it latest 2 weeks on the first charge and I went through a phase of just putting it back on charge twice a day (since its best on full charge) and it still lasts a good week after 12 months. You can buy replacement batteries from ebay, I've seen some complaints that phillips themselves wont set you up with a replacement.
The brushes can be pricey, this isn't a budget toothbrush. The brushes are suppose to last 6 months and cost about £8 each (in 2 packs) but they go after as little as 2 months. The price never seems to drop on the brushes and they're just as expensive as when I bought it nearly 12 months ago.
For piece of mind and a thorough clean I highly recommend this.
I bought this toothbrush on the advice of my dentist because I was getting quite a build up of plaque on my teeth between dentist visits.
I was a bit horrified by the price when I went to buy the toothbrush - at around £100 it is expensive compared to non-sonic electric toothbrushes. The refil pack of brush heads is also expensive, at around £25 for two.
The toothbrush comes with a charger, two brush heads, which have colour coded bands on them so you can tell which is yours, a holder for the brush heads which you can attach to the wall, and a plastic travel case.
The toothbrush is sealed all the way around, so it appears to be waterproof (although I haven't tested this!). I have no idea how it charges, as there are no visible electrical contacts, but it does. It is important to put the brush the right way round in the charger, with the logo facing forwards, because it doesn't charge properly otherwise.
The brush heads are easy to change over, they just twist on and off. The threads can bet a bit gunky with toothpaste, but are easy to clean.
The toothbrush is quite loud when it is turned on. It did hurt a little at first, probably because I was used to a manual brush, but after a couple of days it didn't hurt at all. The brush heads feel OK in your mouth though - I opted for the more expensive model with the slimline brush heads - some of the older models have much fatter brush heads.
One really useful feature of the Sonicare toothbrush is that it has a timer. It times 30 seconds each for the inside of your top teeth, the outside of your top teeth, the inside of your bottom teeth and the outside of the bottom teeth. It times you for 2 minutes in total, and I always feel really guilty if I switch the brush off before the time is up. You can turn this feature off if you don't want it.
The timer ends each segment with a beep. I find that the beeps are a little bit quiet though, and if I am listening to music or the TV I sometimes miss them.
When the toothbrush needs recharging, it beeps 3 times at the end of use. It also flashes a yellow light at you for a few seconds after it stops (normally it has a green light on when it is in use). I leave it on charge for the day while I am at work. The battery lasts about a week with me and my partner both using the brush once or twice a day each.
Finally, the most important bit - does it actually work?
A resounding yes is the answer. My teeth feel cleaner using this brush than they ever did using a manual or cheaper electric toothbrush. This was backed up by my dentist who said that I have had less plaque since I got a Sonicare toothbrush.