I bought this Sonicare toothbrush to replace my Braun Oral-B electric toothbrush which I managed to leave behind in Nice. I took the opportunity to see whether a sonic toothbrush was actually any more effective than other electric toothbrushes.
Actually to tell you the truth, I tweeted out to the world asking whether I should bother getting a sonic toothbrush and a very helpful someone on Twitter told me that she swapped hers for an Oral-B for six months and her dentist noticed and advised her to switch back. I’m such a sucker for that kind of story.
This particular model, Sonicare HealthyWhite Deluxe HX6731/02, was £59.99 from Boots… half price from £119.99.
The toothbrush itself is a little taller and slender than an Oral-B toothbrush. It actually looks more elegant too. It’s for the discerning brusher I’d say.
I’m used to the Oral-B style small, round oscillating brush head, so it took a while getting used to a skinny one that grooves and peaks, especially when trying to brush behind my front teeth. The bristles are soft and don’t feel abrasive on my gums even when fresh out of the pack.
The “sonic” movement of the brush head feels like a vibration rather than the physical “brushing” motion that you get with Oral-B brushes. You can’t really see it tilt side-to-side like they make out in the ads and on the pictures on the box.
The theory behind the sonic technology is that it whips toothpaste and saliva into an oxygen-rich foamy liquid and then directs this liquid between and behind teeth and under the gum line to dislodge the plaque that would otherwise build up and harbour bacteria (causing all sorts of issues e.g. gum disease and bad breath).
Basically, a sonic toothbrush creates powerful little jets from water and toothpaste and doesn’t rely so much on the physical brushing motion as a traditional electric toothbrush does.
And you know what? I think it does actually work. Because despite being so seemingly gentle during brushing, my teeth look and feel much cleaner around my gum line, including the rough areas above my upper canine teeth where my veneers join my natural teeth. I even think my teeth are a little whiter.
This model has three modes:
- Clean – standard mode for superior cleaning
- Sensitive – gentle yet through cleaning for sensitive teeth and gums
- Clean and White – 2 minutes of clean mode, with 30 seconds of white mode
I use the “Clean and White” mode purely because it lasts longer and not because I think the whitening mode is any more effective than the Clean mode. Personally, I resent the “quad timer” which stops and starts every 30 seconds to indicate that you can move onto the next quadrant of your mouth, and then stops completely after two minutes. It’s quite annoying if you normally brush your teeth for more than two minutes like I do.
The charger that came with my Sonicare toothbrush is better than my old Oral-B charger too.. it’s much more compact and clean-looking with no jagged edges or annoying grooves that trap old dried on toothpaste and limescale. Take note, Braun.
You can find out more about the benefits of Sonicare sonic toothbrushes on the Philips Sonicare website.
I’m not sure how long the promotion is for on this particular model, but at the time of writing this post, you could still buy it for around £60 at the following stores: