When looking for your first or your next electric toothbrush, it is hard to look past the dentist’s number one brand of choice, Oral-B, when it comes to dental hygiene. For decades, the company has made leaps and bounds in the field of dental care technology, that a lot of the cleaning modes and features seen in other brands can easily be traced back to the Oral-B technicians.
Comparing Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes
When looking into the comparison of Oral-B electric toothbrushes, analyzing the many different aspects of each product, to see which one is more suited for you and your oral needs, these are the general points of differentiation that should be addressed pre-purchase.
Timing sensor – many new generation electric toothbrushes accommodate the user by timing their dental routine, evening going as far as offering the appropriate amount of time you should spend in specific cleaning modes to get the full benefit of the clean.
Pressure sensors – the pressure sensor in an electric toothbrush staple that takes the form either in a smart app that usually come free with the product or can be found worked into the stem of the toothbrush itself, and notifies you when you are using too much force or too little in your clean. Helping to achieve a better and less intrusive brushing experience.
Cleaning action – this refers to the overall brushing action of an electric toothbrush. The use of oscillation, rotation, and pulsations available per minute. Where Oral-B is concerned, these actions are limited to that of 2D and 3D. Both are respectable modes, but is important to know the difference to learn which is better for your dental health. 2D is the simplest of the two – this is where the bristles in the brush head alternate back and forth, making this design great for the removal of plaque. 3D has incorporated the extra feature of pulsating the brush head as it rotates – making a deeper, more attentive clean.
Performance – the performance of an electric toothbrush is dictated by how many rotations (or pulsations) per minute it can excel to. This can identify the products’ power, its overall cleaning capability, etc.
Cleaning modes – An important addition to the list, as the cleaning modes of an electric toothbrush are what really allows them to stand miles ahead of their manual counterparts, and the amount of modes available allow the product to stand out in its own category.
These modes can be anything from a normal and generic cleaning mode, to;
- Whitening – the whitening cleaning mode is used a polishing feature for your teeth that can be used daily but is recommended for an occasional usage. This feature is mostly geared toward the front teeth.
- Sensitive Teeth – also known in many brands as Massage. This mode is applicable for people who suffer from sensitive teeth and a gentle brush, yet a still penetrative clean.
- Gum Care – gentle gum massage with lower than average pulsations, best for those that need special care when approaching the gum line.
- ProClean – a cleaning mode that is essentially providing the same oscillation and rotational spec as the daily Clean mode, but it is designed to last longer (around one minute and thirty seconds longer) to drive home the clean.
- Tongue Cleaner – this cleaning mode performs the task of cleaning the tongue and the inside of your cheeks. It offers a very quick clean and is highly suitable for everyday use.
- Daily Clean – a standard cleaning mode for the start of the day.
Type of Brush Head – though it sounds like the type of brush head is the least required part of this product the shape and angle of the bristles really add a lot to the cleaning experience.But I wouldn’t worry too much about the brush heads, because you can buy different Oral-B brush heads for your toothbrush depending on what you are looking for.
Battery life – the battery life in the product is really the lifeblood of the electric toothbrush. Many use ion batteries which have quite a long battery life between charges. There are many different types of batteries used in other toothbrushes, so it is best to compare as you go.
Smart App – some electric toothbrushes can be synched up via Bluetooth to phone applications. All to help you understand your dental routine from the inside out. From force used, to circulation, etc.
Additions – this could be anything from being given extra brush heads to a travel case with your purchase. Always nice to browse the additional bits and pieces that come along with a product.