Sonicare toothbrushes (review from a long time customer)
I have used Sonicare Toothbrushes from Philips for many years now. After four and a half years of good use of my previous Sonicare Toothbrush, I decided to buy a new one (Essense Sonicare from Philips). Prior to that, I had a different brand of electric brush. Here are some observations I have made.
In general, all Sonicare Toothbrushes would be a good investment. No doubts, years of using sonicare toothbrushes have saved me time and also dentist money. If you are looking into purchasing a sonicare toothbrush, you have probably already seen many other reviews saying how effective sonicare toothbrushes are at cleaning your teeth (compare to manual or oscillo-rotary). Over time I find that sonicare tooth brushing is effectively very good and also slows gum recession. I consider the sonic system superior to the rotating mechanical models, which sometimes have an unpleasant feeling and can’t always be used with just any brand of toothpaste, unlike the Sonicare Toothbrushes.
So far, I’ve used the Philips Sonicare models only, which seem to be the most popular ones for Sonic Toothbrushes. I know that other brands, such as Oral-B, also carry their own Sonic Toothbrushes, but I yet have to try them. As for the Philips Sonicare brand especially, I find that both the “Essence” and “Elite” use a more slender head compared to the “Advance” model. I find the slender head to be more comfortable when tooth brushing. Also, those slender heads seem to stay cleaner which reduced the need and effort to periodical head cleaning. So far, I’ve found that the slender heads from Essence and Elite last just as long as the Advance heads, which is about 6 months.
It is fairly simple to use the Sonicare Toothbrushes and to achieve an effective brushing technique is very easy. You simply need to place the toothbrush against your teeth at an angle and to move it across the surfaces of your teeth. And you keep on doing it from one side of your mouth to the other. The toothbrush does make a moderately loud sonic tone that will even echo to your skull. And if you bump the plastic from the toothbrush head against your teeth, you will feel a rattle effect, which can be very unpleasant. However, after using the sonicare toothbrush a few times, you will probably get the hang of it to make it stop happening unless you rush your brushing motions (which probably means you are not brushing you teeth correctly!).
Tip 1: if you happen to use a fluoride toothpaste and brush top-front at start, bottom-inside at finish (for example), reverse your pattern once in a while. This will give the fluoride a chance to stay on different surface of teeth surfaces longer before it gets rinsed out.
Tip 2: To get a bit more mileage with your sonicare toothbrushes, unplug them between full charges and use them until they are completely discharge. Obviously, on your last brushing, when the batteries will be completely drained, you might need to go back to your manual toothbrush to finish the brushing. However, this will allow your battery to last longer over time.
Tip 3: If you go 6 months like most people do before swapping heads, the firmness of the new head can feel too pronounced, to the point it can sore your gum. In that case, back off some of the hand pressure you apply, and within only a week, your gum should have acclimated.
I consider the Sonicare toothbrushes (Philips Sonicare) are an excellent investment which will keep you happy and your smile beautiful over itme. Highly recommended.