Today we have a test-drive – sonicare toothbrush heads. That is, of course, this toothbrush, but it is so advanced, that it just must, in addition to tooth brushing, wash clothes, shave, cut and shoot the movie. In general, revision tested sonicare toothbrush heads and disassembled, it is possible to ” tie” to the tooth choke, in addition to the bristles.

When we choose a toothbrush, we look not only at functions but also at a price. It is clear that in the first approximation we choose between brushes of the usual and electric, and then – by experience I will say – there is no need to save. An electric brush is always better and without exception. Even the simplest. Perhaps the only application of a conventional brush in the modern world is hiking when you need to save space, count a lot of luggage and not depend on electricity. If we choose a brush for everyday use in an apartment, there is no dilemma: the electric one is the point.

But in the series of electric toothbrushes, too, there are their varieties, and now they do not understand everything. So before the test drive, we will conduct a small educational program.

Problem of choice

If you read advertising, it turns out that all models without exception are “approved by dentists,” “they remove dental plaque better than others,” and so on. In general, the buyer is stumped, because advertising is the same for everyone, and the brushes themselves look like.

Everything is straightforward. Electric toothbrushes are of precisely three kinds, no more and no less. These species differ in the principle of action, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Choose is based on your needs, and not focusing on the cost, the more the price range may be several full brush costs!

What does this mean?

A conventional electric brush removes dental plaque by the banal friction of bristles about tooth enamel and gums. Its head is driven directly by an electric motor through a mechanical link and can make various movements – most often this rotation, but more advanced models move back, forward, sideways. If the type of motion is one (rotation), then this is a 1D-brush, that is, the most budget option. If there are several types (rotation + reciprocating motion), then this is a 2D-brush. Finally, if these pulses are superimposed on these two varieties, then this is a 3D brush. The frequency of rotation is usually limited by the power of the engine and reaches 7600 rpm.

Sound electric brush – this is a much more advanced option. In such bushes, the engine drives a high-frequency generator that generates high-frequency sound waves and causes vibrations of the bristles. The frequency of oscillation is usually from 20 000 to 40 000 Hz. In fact, in one minute this brush makes more movements than you do in a few weeks (!) Using a conventional hand tool. Teeth are cleaned in a sophisticated way – both due to contact of bristles with enamel and due to the influence of high-frequency oscillations on a dental plaque (it is destroyed from this). If the sound technology is combined with the solid rotation or translational movement of the head, then this is also sometimes called a 3D brush, although, to be honest, this layering does not make sense, it’s just a marketing move.

Complete set of our today’s “heroine,” the sound toothbrush Philips Sonicare DiamondClean: the brush itself, the cover, the charger for the protection, the charging base with glass, two change heads, their caps, a stack of instructions and guarantees.

Finally, an ultrasonic brush generates ultrasonic waves of ultrahigh frequency, transmitted, as in a sound brush, to bristles. The wave generator is a piezoceramic plate that emits a stream with a wavelength of about 1.7 MHz, and the hairs perform 80 to 100 million vibrations per minute. Ultrasound not only drives the tip, but itself actively affects the plaque, microbes and general surrounding reality. The bristles can “sweep out” the garbage. But with all the advantages of ultrasonic brushes, leading manufacturers are in no hurry to start their production. This is due to some shortcomings. In particular, ultrasonic brushes should not be used by people who have several seals, artificial teeth, bridges and so on. Anything that is not directly tooth enamel can suffer from the ultrasound.


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From our editorial point of view, the best choice is the audio brush. It is more effective (albeit more expensive) usual and safer (and, by the way, more reliable) ultrasonic. That’s why we took on the test the most severe sound model, which in general is now on the market – Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. And tried it in the case.

Diamond cleaning

Philips is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric toothbrushes. The scale of the company is large, there are budget models, and expensive brushes, for every taste. But at the same time, I did not feel that the company was taking money for the brand, as elite manufacturers like Vertu do, which uses Samsung stuffing, puts on it a phone case with diamonds and sells at the price of a helicopter. No, Philips pricing is based on technology: the more they are assembled in a brush model or any other gadget, the more expensive it is. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is the flagship lineup, above the level of only DiamondClean Smart with sensors that recognize the type of nozzle, and an application that gives personal recommendations for cleaning your teeth.

The attachment of the nozzle has a small gap. When you attach a nose, it springs: first it reaches the body itself, then it separates slightly.

Here the main question arises: is it worth overpaying? Is it not better to take a brush with similar, seemingly indices, but twice cheaper? I always had this question when I bought electric brushes, and I did it at least three times. And still I was overcome by greed: I took the usual mechanical model with a rotating head and did not worry. Somehow it was more effective than a manual brush, so why complicate it? In general, before DiamondClean I have never tried an audio brush. We can say that this article is a chronicle of the debut.

The most exciting thing is that there are modes in the model. There are five in total: Clean, Gum Care, Polish, Sensitive and White. They differ in the frequency and rhythm of the vibrations – the difference is not only perfectly felt during cleaning, but even audible.

Yes, there is one more difference, which I did not immediately guess: different timers have different timers in the brush. No, of course, the brush does not turn off after the specified time, but it signals that you can stop cleaning, plus “divides” this time into four equal intervals, indicating the cleaning of each of the quarters of the jaw. For example, in the standard Clean mode, this is four 30-second segments (2 minutes in total), and in Polish way, four sections of 15 seconds, that is 1 minute.

Cleaning is the most “normal” mode; you will use it in 90% of cases: the bristles vibrate, nothing special. Caring for the gums, polishing and lightning are regimes designed for specific tasks named in the titles. They differ, as I said, noticeably, but logically and from a medical point of view, I can not explain why in this or that mode there is a vibration. It remains only to believe physicians engaged in research in Philips. I, accustomed to the usual mechanical brush, trite brushed my teeth on the primary mode.

Effect? Still what. When I bought a conventional electric brush many years ago, its impact was striking compared to the manual one, and the teeth seemed perfectly smooth and perfect.

Precisely the same sensation occurs when comparing the sound and conventional electric wiring. It appears that the oral cavity never came to a state of such sterility. And regardless of the mode. I compared the usual way and Sensitive – yes, the frequency is different, the intensity of delicate cleaning is less, but the effect and the sensations are precisely the same. I believe that this is due to elementary physics: for a high-quality tooth brushing, 31 000 vibrations per minute (the maximum frequency of DiamondClean work) are redundant, enough and half as many, so at different rates, the brush cleans equally well. Just with fewer fluctuations, care becomes more careful.