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This toothbrush was developed to be used with the Colgate Max White One toothpaste, I don't like that so have used it with other Colgate toothpastes. My mum gave me this about a year ago and I used it for four months, the brush head isn't replaceable and Colgate recommend you should replace it every three months but I kept mine for longer because it didn't look like it needed to be thrown away and I wanted to wait for the January sales to buy myself a cut price real electric toothbrush to keep at work.
This is a small size toothbrush, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's for children because personally I think the bristles on the brush head are much too rough for children's teeth. The one I had was marked as medium but it was much harder than any other medium toothbrush I've used, it buzzes nicely but isn't very powerful so it's definitely the bristles that make it feel harsh against my teeth and not that it's the most powerful toothbrush I've ever used!!
It's a battery toothbrush not an electric one, you use an AAA battery in it and as long as you use a good branded battery it'll last for quite a while. In four months I changed the battery three times and one of those times was because I used cheap Kodak batteries from the pound shop and they only powered the toothbrush for a total of about four minutes.
am very undecided about whether to recommend this toothbrush or not. The fact that I kept it for four months and used it quite regularly in that time says it's not a bad toothbrush but personally I was never as happy with it as I have been with other toothbrushes and that's mainly because of the harsh feeling as I used it to brush my teeth. The clean it gives is very good for this type of toothbrush but I was glad when I replaced it and didn't care about throwing it away even though it could have lasted for another four months again at the rate I used it.
My mum said she paid £12 for it and she's good at remembering the price of things like this so is probably right, on Amazon now (a year later) it's £7.29 so it has reduced in price quite quickly. I wouldn't buy this toothbrush again for myself because I have no need to but if I had to I wouldn't pay any more than the current Amazon price and definitely not what my mum paid knowing the brush as I do now.
So I was bought this product a few months back after having many cheap manual brushes that I was frustrated with as their bristles bent too easily. I had tried a few expensive electric toothbrushes but always got annoyed when I couldn't fine new heads for them in the store so this was a cheaper alternative that I hoped gave better results.
The Max white toothbrush is fairly cheap for an electric toothbrush at around £2.80 from Superdrug. Colgate claims that this brush will actually bring a whiter colour to your teeth by the 'star' shape in the middle. During the months that I have been using this brush however it has failed to make my teeth any whiter. I think the series of rubber prongs is personally just a gimmick and although it may looks nice I fail to see how they were ever going to really work to bring around the 'natural whiteness of your teeth'.
Although the Max White has failed to whiten my teeth it has actually made them cleaner. This might just be from upgrading from a manual brush, but I personally really like the vibration as opposed to moving bristles. Apart from functioning better the toothbrush is also easier to keep clean than other electric toothbrushes as there are no small crevices for toothpaste to get stuck in - a big bonus in my opinion.
Another possible good point of this toothbrush is the choice of colours that it comes in. There is almost every colour under the sun though I personally have green to match my flannel. The toothbrush has a white shaft with a few odd shapes on it and a simple on and off rubber switch. The handle on the toothbrush and shaft are also made from rubber which gives the product a very solid and robust feel to it. It certainly will not fall out of your - or even your children's hands.
At the bottom of the brush we find a small cap that holds the single AAA battery in place. This cap is also rubber and has a decent seal around it so that toothpaste does not seep inside slowly. The cap clicks into place slightly so you know it's on right. In regards to power consumption of this battery the toothbrush lasts for quite a long time on its single battery which is good for taking it on holiday. Compared to other toothbrushes I have had I also prefer this single battery setup as opposed to twin batteries which take up more space and make for a less comfortable grip. Weight saving is also another positive.
Overall then I could compare this toothbrush to a kind of intermediate step between a larger electric toothbrush and a manual brush. I can see how other reviews see this brush as a kind of gimmick, so please don't expect sparkling white teeth but I assure you they will be clean with this brush. More expensive than a manual brush but I am happy with my purchase. It even fits in my toothbrush holder as it's not too fat. Buy it and don't look back.
"A new dimension in whitening"
When it comes to oral hygiene, 'whitening' has been the most sought after dental process of the last decade. Normally it's a paste, mouthwash, or paint-on liquid which promises the whitening action, but now there are brushes which claim to bring the bling back to your smile. One such example is the Colgate 'MaxWhite', a readily available tooth-scrubber which can be picked up for the mid-range price of £2.79 from SuperDrug.
The brush itself doesn't really appear to be anything out of the ordinary - just like toothbrushes from days of old, it has a handle and bristles... so how does the whitening action work? Well, apparently it's down to the 'polishing star' found at the centre of the brush head. This rubber series of prongs is supposed to help "reveal your teeth's natural whiteness for a sparkling smile" - but does it actually work? Call me a cynic, but I fail to see how this small rubber insert whitens teeth, and I can honestly say that during my time using the brush, I have seen no difference in tooth whiteness!
The Max White is available in a range of different colours - many garish, many rather subtle. I personally opted for the grey variety - not because i'm a fan of grey, but because i've never owned a grey toothbrush before! The brush has a white shaft, decorated with little squares, lines, and circles, and features a bendy shaft which is shaped to fit the contours of the hand. Said shaft is constructed from rubber, and feels comfortable to hold - plus there's no danger of it flying out of your grasp and into the toilet.
If it's a gimmicky toothbrush that you're after, then the Colgate MaxWhite may fit the bill nicely - it's a decent brush in its own right with a comfortable handle, and strong well-placed bristles. However, rows of whiter teeth it probably isn't going to achieve, and it is more expensive than many other brushes on the market. Still, a solid four out of five dooyoo stars from me for being an all round, pleasant to use toothbrush.
The one thing I'm really hot about is that every 3 months I buy myself a new toothbrush like clockwork. Whether it looks worse for wear or not I appreciate a new toothbrush! I smoke, I get bleeding gums and I brush twice a day so I feel I should change it regularly! It's just a basic hygiene necessity to me!
Well the brush comes with a clear plastic cover over the front of it and behind that it is backed by an oblong card which is red and white in colour and I'm told at the top of it that it is 'New', Medium, Colgate MaxWhite Toothbrush. On the back of that I'm told again what it is and promised 'A new dimension in whitening' and then I'm shown a diagramn and told how this brush works, and contact details are given for Colgate-Palmolive along with lots of information given in foreign languages (that I can't understand lol).
A Bit About The Brush According To The Packaging:
Unique polishing star and specially designed bristle pattern help to gently remove stains, revealing your teeth's natural whiteness for a sparkling smile.
The Brush And Me:
Well this particular brush is available in a few choices of colours but it's always a colour and white so mine in this case is bright pink and white as an example. It's a long but standard plastic handled toothbrush which is curvy and has some gentle grips on it for ease of use. It's a nice thickness and incredibly nice to hold and then the brush at the end has a blue section of bristles to the top of it and under that a mix of pink and white (colours will vary depending on the colour of your brush of course). The bristles have a white plastic star in the middle though why...I'm not sure really lol. Colgate is written on one side of the handle and on the other side MaxWhite is engraved. It is a high quality looking brush and touch the bristles although they are firm they are soft to touch just not majorly flexible.
So all you do is brush your teeth as usual with this as it's a manual brush of course. Like I have said it really is comfortable and easy to use and the brush head is a great size meaning you can direct it into nooks and crannys with ease in your mouth.
Although this is a firm headed toothbrush and can be used in an abrasive manner you really are in control using this and I find it great for cleaning my teeth with. It's flexible enough, abrasive enough to clean properly but doesn't tear my gums open either.
I prefer this to a lot of toothbrushes I have used in the past largely down to the quality of it. It's simply so nice to hold and not only that it looks nice and does a great job all at the same time! At £2.00 a brush I think now I have my perfect toothbrush. I wouldn't say it has made my teeth cleaner really than other brush I have ever used but like I say the feel of this is where it excels and it's of good size! Great stuff Colgate I'm very impressed indeed!
Available in all good supermarkets etc and I bought mine in Tesco.