Teeth as smooth and as shiny as pearls - Advantages: Gives your teeth the most thorough cleaning of their life., Encourages longer brushing time., Gives better effects - and with less effort - than manual toothbrushes. - Disadvantages: Increased drool factor.
I remember when these were first shown on Tommorrow's World about 6 years ago as a wonderful new gadget from America. They gave them to a group of people who all raved about how wonderful they were, and one was so impressed he even bought one, pretty impressive since they were £350 a pop back then. Enough of the nostalgia. I bought mine about 4 years ago in the US, which cost me about £50. I saw them in the sale at Index this summer for about £35 I think, so they are getting quite reasonable now. My brother has one too, and when he asked his dentist if they were really as good as the hype, he told him it was "best toothbrush on the market", which I figure is a pretty good recommendation. When you first start using them it really takes some getting used too. Unlike Oral-B plaque remover type brushes, the head doesn't rotate, it vibrates ultrasonically (hence the name sonicare - clever eh?). This tickles like hell, although the kit does come with some kind of attachment that calms down the vibrations until you get used to them. 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 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. Of course, you can ignore this totally, and turn it on and off whenever you want, but that would be naughty! :o) The really amazing thing is that if you miss cleaning an area of your mouth you can actually feel it. Your teeth feel so much cleaner you can't go back to a normal toothbrush afterwards, and it is a much better toothbrush than any other electric ones I have tried in the past. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have heard that if you brush your teeth wi th a mouthful of water this makes the plaque vibrate more and is therefore more effective, but I tend to find this turns me into a big dribbly mess so I don't really do it often. Another tip. Never, ever turn on the brush loaded with toothpaste before you get it in your mouth. Especially not if you like blue gel type toothpastes, as you and most things near you will be covered in little flecks of it and you will get funny looks all day. If you do buy one, you need to figure in the cost of replacement brushes which are generally about £15 each, but again in the Index sale last summer I got a couple for £7 each. Handily enough they come with little coloured blobs at the top, so if you want to share it with someone you can have an easily identifiable brush each. My only complaint, and it is quite a big one, is that mine died after only four years of reasonable use. I think I did everything I was told to, made sure I was charging correctly etc, the power transformed correctly etc, but the button on the front doesn't give anything more than a low buzz and goes off as soon as you stop pressing it. Gutted. I may have a go at writing to Philips and appealing to their generous nature... however, I am suitably impressed with them to ask for another one for my birthday!
I got my Sonicare brush about five or six years ago after my dentist reccomended it for my dad. At the time it cost a few hundred pounds but nowadays they are a lot cheaper than that - I think I've seen them for around £70 which still seems very pricey for a toothbrush. They come 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. THe sonicare brush vibrates very fast to shift plaque quickly and effecively. Because of this 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! Then all you have to do is brush away. You don't need to scrub your teeth just move the brush around your mouth as the vibrations do the hard work. After two minutes the brush turns itself off so you know when to stop brushing. After a few days of using this brush I noticed a remarkable improvement in my teeth - they felt tingly fresh and gleamed. My dentist also said that they had improved a lot and there was less plaque and tartar. You can get replacement heads for about £15 which again seems a lot but its worth it if it reduces dentist bills. They are however quite hard to find - the only place I have seen them for sale is in a large Boots Store. I would definately reccomend this product to anyone wanting to improve the condition of their teeth and gums.
We have had our Sonicare electric toothbrush for about a year. Apart from tickling your nose when you use it, it really has whitened our family's teeth. You get a separate brush for each family member which is colour-coded. It really helps to keep calclus under control too - you know, that hard stuff that builds up behind your bottom teeth. You can usually purchase the Sonicare direct from your dentists at a much reduced price - I think the shop price is far too high. However, this is a product which should last you a very long time. Even my 5 year old uses it - makes teethcleaning more fun!