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Not a gimmick
on 10 January 2015
I cannot yet attest to the toothbrushes longevity so I am hesitant to give it 5 stars, BUT...
In all honesty, my teeth are in shock. A couple of years ago, I drank tea quite heavily for a bit. Now I have been a smoker and I love coffee, but neither of those left my teeth looking as bad as simple green tea did. I had massive stains all over the front gaps which looked like bits of food from a distance and the back of the front teeth was basically completely black. I've been trying everything I could get my hands on, brushed 3 times a day, tried baking soda, citric acid, Hydrogen peroxide, flossing, interdental toothbrushes, various toothpastes like Rembrandt and mouthwash - no dice. Only thing that effectively got rid of it was my dentist with a rotary brush when I was there on a checkup. She did a few of the teeth and then she just gave me some tips about flossing and sent me on my way as she had another appointment coming up.
Anyway, I thought about going to a hygienist to finish the job properly for a while, but I still enjoy tea very much. She wouldn't likely be happy about my lifestyle and I didn't want to have to come back for cleaning regularly either, as it's pretty damn expensive. Now I had an electric brush before when I was little, but back then it was just a gimmick basically. It broke after a while and never really worked to begin with, but seeing all the reviews here and a pretty hefty discount from the rather insane original price, I decided to try the Sonicare. So here goes:
I've had it for a week - my stains are almost gone - still pretty bad, but only in hard to reach places on the back of the teeth and mostly around where my teeth were repaired - I believe a couple of days of directing my attention on those and they'll give up as well. The interdental stains are still there, although much less prominent. Hopefully, if I get the right size interdental brush ( I have very small gaps so it's hard to reach ), I'll get rid of them completely.
The brush feels a bit like a pneumatic hammer going off in your mouth. It's rather hard to tell which way the bristles are facing so I just try to orient it by the power button. First couple of brushes it's uncomfortable, but you get used to it. More importantly - try not to make too much contact with the bristles with the insides of your cheeks. It can really tear the skin on them and your lips to shreds. Nothing to be afraid of or painful, just keep in mind that it will likely happen to you at least once. It's not noticeable right away, but I woke up with mouth full of what I guess was dead skin pieces and my mouth felt a tad raw.
2:30 run time on the whitening mode seems rather short, I am used to brush longer than that, but hey - it gets the job done. I just wish it had an unlimited mode because I don't like powering it up again when I feel like there's a spot I missed.
It's loud, it could possibly wake others sleeping in the next room if the door isn't shut. At least it feels like it could.
The brush heads feel like they can take a lot of abuse considering how fast the thing is going, but I think there's no way they will last the declared 3 months. Not to mention I find it rather gross, I never had a toothbrush that long.
I don't know whether the motor gets damaged in any way, but it is definitely possible to put too much strain on it when you press it harder as it starts to make rather weird sounds. It goes back to normal when you lighten up the grip. It really doesn't feel like it's going to last years, but at 100 GBP, I can live with that.
The glass charger is useless for me, the cable is too bulky and short. I don't have a wall socket anywhere where I could just leave it and I don't want to put it on the ground. Seriously, it won't even go from the ground to table height. Same with the USB charger, but at least it's protected in that. The good news is that the battery seems to last quite a long time. The induction charger is a nice touch, hopefully it will add to the longevity of the brush as the battery can be hermetically sealed this way - which it hopefully is because I have to wash the brush base quite often. The vibrations will make the toothpaste leak all over your face - it's best to hold the base higher than the brush head, otherwise it will get messy all over.
Don't brush with open mouth otherwise you'll have a lot of cleaning to do. I'd love to see what I am doing inside my mouth too, but then I'd have to clean the mirror every time.
Generally, other than the stains, it seems my teeth are getting a bit brighter. It's hard to tell though. It's like loosing weight, hard to tell yourself when you see yourself every day.
All in all, I am happy so far. Hopefully it will last me a year or more and it got rid of the stains which would otherwise require me to pay the dental hygienist somewhere in the same ballpark it cost me to buy this brush. If it lasts at least a year, I will instantly go and buy a new one. If it doesn't, I'll probably go back to regular brush and see if the stains start to come back.