Sonicare Toothbrush Review
Sonicare is a type of electric toothbrush developed and marketed by the electronics company Phillips. The fundamental principle of the brush range is to use vibrating bristles and sonic technology to clean the teeth and remove plaque, food debris and other nasties that need to be taken care of on a daily basis.
Whereas a normal toothbrush uses a static head which follows the lateral movement of the brusher's hand, the Sonicare's head is attached to an electric unit, allowing it to move in a variety of directions, giving a much more comprehensive clean. All you have to do is move the brush head steadily around your teeth and gums, the Sonicare will take care of the rest.
The latest models in the Sonicare toothbrush range can manage 31,000 strokes per minute, making them far more efficient than brushing with a normal toothbrush. This is why most dentists and oral health professionals advocate their use.
The Sonicare toothbrush was a long time in the making. As far back as 1987, an entrepreneur called David Giuliani had the idea that a toothbrush which harnessed the power of sonic vibration and would clean more efficiently than a standard brush. The embryonic idea of the Sonicare toothbrush was born.
Giuliani had some electronic engineering expertise but decided his experience was too limited to go it alone. He roped in David Engel and Roy Martin, both professors at the University of Washington, to help him develop his idea. The first prototype of the Sonicare surfaced in 1992 and the project soon began to snowball. Giuliani, Engel and Martin decided to name their company the Optiva Corporation, which was eventually bought out by Phillips in 2000.
The Sonicare toothbrush range was already a hit in the United States and by 2001 the Sonicare brand was responsible for the number one rechargeable toothbrush on the US market.
Championed by dental professionals and enthusiastic users alike, the Sonicare range shows no sign of relinquishing its place at the top of the rechargeable toothbrush pile.
Functions and Features
Toothbrushes in the Sonicare range are clever pieces of kit. On first glance, the device is just a regular toothbrush with a battery pack attached, but in actuality, the functionality of the Sonicare toothbrush range is far more sophisticated.
The primary feature of the brush is its combination of rotating and oscillating movements. The brush on the head is circular, allowing it to spin and giving you the sort of rotational movement it would be impossible to achieve with a normal brush.
The bristles also oscillate - i.e. they vibrate backwards and forwards - mimicking the movement of a standard, manually operated brush, but accelerating this movement to your mouth a much more effective clean.
These oscillations and rotations can be controlled further by selecting one of the brush's five modes: Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive or Massage.
These modes allow you to adjust the vigorousness of the brushing, allowing you to apply gentle pressure to a sensitive area - like a sore gum - before switching back up to turbo for those tougher areas, like the molars at the back of the mouth.
The variability of brushing modes is just one of the ways in which the Sonicare toothbrush range aids the cleaning process; another way - and one that has been roundly praised by experts - is the timer function.
Oral health experts frequently claim that people don't spend enough time cleaning their teeth; however, there is a danger that you will damage the enamel if you spend too much time cleaning them. The timer function that Sonicare toothbrushes are equipped with eradicates the danger of over-cleaning or under-cleaning your teeth by giving you a handy little bleeping noise to indicate when you should move on to brushing the next section of your mouth.
With such an astounding range of features, it's little wonder that clinical trials have proved Sonicare toothbrushes to be far more efficient than their nearest rival in the market, giving a more comprehensive clean and removing far more plaque.
These clinical trials back up thousands of user testimonies; very often, people who try out a Sonicare toothbrush just once become instant converts, citing a far cleaner feeling mouth and a generally improved sense of wellbeing as reasons for their enthusiasm.
Another major aspect to the Sonicare toothbrush's functionality is the wide range of brush heads that are compatible with the device. Phillips Sonicare replacement heads are ideal for optimising your experience and make the Sonicare toothbrush amongst the most versatile pieces of oral health kit on the market.
An optional extra to the Phillips Sonicare toothbrush is the ultraviolet cleaning unit. In terms of sanitation, this unit provides the best way to effectively clean your Phillips Sonicare heads.
Using concentrated ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria - as opposed to running the brush under the faucet and wiping it on a towel - the Phillips cleaning unit has been proven to be far more efficient in keeping your brush heads clean. A costly accessory, but one that is worth the extra cost in terms of the sanitation it brings.
Sonicare Toothbrush Range
The Sonicare range is a large and ever extending family. Each brush has its own specific purpose and area in which it excels.
First up is the Phillips Sonicare Flexcare Plus toothbrush - or the Phillips Sonicare HX6782 - a device with a wider brush head which allows its cleaning power to reach potentially neglected areas of the gums.
In fact, Phillips are very proud of the Flexcare Plus' gum cleaning abilities; so much so that they promise users a 'marked improvement in gum health in only 2 weeks' thanks to the brush's patented gum care system.
The next member of the family is the Sonicare EasyClean - a more cheap and cheerful addition to the range than the Flexcare Plus, the EasyClean provides all the basic functionality of the Sonicare brush without the hefty price tag.
The Phillips Sonicare Healthy White is another member of the family; as the name suggests, the Healthy White is designed to give your mouth a healthy white shine. With all the same functions as a standard Sonicare toothbrush, the Healthy White model also features two modes - White and Clean - which optimise the tooth whitening capabilities of the Sonicare range to give you that sought after Hollywood smile.
Last but certainly not least is the Sonicare Elite. The Elite gives users far more choice in terms of functions and modes, allowing for a totally customisable brushing experience. Perfect for people who like to exercise full control when brushing their teeth.