All the Brighter for It
When it comes to brushing to our teeth, it seems that more and more of us are looking to give our tools a high-tech upgrade with what has fast become a modern-day bathroom essential. More effective than manual alternatives, but definitely more expensive, the electric toothbrush has certainly evolved since its emergence in the 1960s revolutionising oral care.
While the manual toothbrush has been in use since circa 3500 BC, the electric toothbrush has, for obvious reasons, a somewhat shorter lineage, and was invented by a Swiss doctor in 1954, only coming to the wider market in 1960. At this stage it was rather clunky, with a short battery life and no option to replace them. Plugging them into the mains at too high a voltage to be safe posed the next problem, so low voltage versions emerged, before solely battery-operated models became popular. There was then a bit of a hiatus in electric toothbrush tech, and it wasn’t until the early 1990s when a new type of sonic toothbrush was floated, vibrating faster than ever before, followed by far more progressive leaps in terms of design, material, performance, hygiene and adaptability more recently. All of which are in the process of transforming our teeth and mouths, impacting everything from self-confidence to professional performance and any potential health issues.
Foreo’s revolutionary ISSA toothbrushes are the world’s first electronic design made completely from silicone. It’s durable, quick-drying bristles are soft on gums yet remove stains and plaque with ease, leaving your smile brighter, whiter and healthier-looking. What’s more, its integrated battery lasts for 365 uses.
Oral-B GENIUS 9000
This revolutionary electric toothbrush features a dentist-inspired round head that oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush while the specialised polishing cup removes surface stains for whiter teeth starting from day 1. Designed to help you brush like your dentist recommends, the brush connects with the Oral-B smartphone app via Bluetooth technology to provide you with customised real-time feedback, including time coaching to brush a recommended 2 minutes.
GENIUS 9000, £150
Philips HX9924/14 DiamondClean Smart Sonic
Programmed with Smart Sensor technology, the toothbrush detects location, pressure and motion in the mouth, so you’ll always know where you’ve brushed, and where you haven’t for 100% coverage. It comes with four high-performance brush heads to focus on all areas of oral health, while Smart Brush Head Recognition automatically selects optimal mode and intensity. Programmed with five modes and three intensities, you can enjoy a customised brushing experience.
HX9924/14 DiamondClean Smart Sonic, £340
Apa Beauty Clean White Sonic Toothbrush
Designed by cosmetic dentist Dr Michael Apa, who says, ‘a great smile is a beauty essential’, this innovative sonic toothbrush delivers 40,000 vibrations per minute for the deepest, most effective wash. Choose from the three unique modes to clean, whiten and massage, and follow the brush alerts which will pulse every 30 seconds to guide you to move on to a different part of your mouth and will stop after two minutes.
Clean White Sonic Toothbrush, £185