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electronic toothbrush--sonicare vs. braun 3D

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by wasabi007, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. wasabi007

    wasabi007 Senior Member
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    hi all,

    i was wondering if i could get your opinion/input on which is the better electronic toothbrush--sonicare or braun oral B 3D? i currently own a sonicare and like it a lot. however, i need to purchase a new one to take with me when i go to school and can't decide whether to try the oral b 3D action brush or stick with my sonicare.

    i'm curious whether one type is better than the other or not. which one is most effective? any input would be greatly appreciated!

    -wasabi007
     
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  3. DMD DOC

    DMD DOC Senior Member
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    Get the Crest SpinBrush its $4.99 and comes with a replacement head, on top of that it is the most comfortable electric toothbrush I have used, no weird tickling feeling in the gums that you have to get used to. I think this is more natural since half the bristles do not move.

    Hope this Helps!
     
  4. deciduous

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    I just happen to be doing some research on such (among other things, so I don't have a lot on these).

    In different studies, the toothbrushes came out in front of one another (imagine that). Sonicare seemed to have better gingival scores, with a reduction in gingival pockets vs. braun. Braun-Oral B had a better plaque index.

    Supposedly, the acoustic waves created by the sonicare clean where the bristles don't even reach, and studies show this to be true.

    You can look at abstracts via Pubmed on this subject and if you are still in school I think you can order the articles for free (not certain on that one).

    I purchased a sonicare brush as I began this research....I love it, I feel like I get a prophy every time I use it. But, I am curious about the Braun-Oral B excel 3D, too.

    The studies did show a much greater patient satisfaction and continued compliance with the oral-B brush v. Sonicare--comfort must account for something.

    Hope this helps
     
  5. wasabi007

    wasabi007 Senior Member
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    hey guys,

    thanks so much for all the responses! i have the exact same concerns as you. for the braun 3D, i was wondering if the oscillating head would lead to the same problems that result from excessive brushing/brushing too hard--receeding gum lines?

    also, in regards to the sonicare's plaque-reducing power from sonic waves that can breakdown hard to reach plaque, i'm kind of skeptical on whether that was just a marketing gimmick or not. my dentist says that the sonicare brush cannot remove plaque with sonic waves as a cavitron does with ULTRAsonic waves. he just recommends the good old soft bristled brush and floss.

    i own a sonicare, and i like it a lot because it gives me a cleaner feeling in my mouth. so, i am still going to continue with an electronic brush--but was just wondering what the +/- were with each brush. so hard to decide because it's such a expensive investment! i'm leaning towards buying a braun 3D only because i'm curious as to how well it works....still not sure...eh...i have until sept to decide! :p

    -wasabi007
     
  6. Kung Foo

    Kung Foo Mad Scientist...
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    <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" /> I L O V E MY SONICARE TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!! <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" />

    Everytime I use it, my teeth are left feeling so well-polished, and after getting used to it initially (2-3 brush cycles) the sonic part doesn't bother me at all. My real dentist gave me two thumbs up at my last hygeine appt. Also the timer is great (it beeps every 30 seconds for 2 min so you can switch to a different side of your teeth) and it's the only thing that keeps me at the 2 minute "ideal brushing time" mark - I totally lack the discipline to do that with a regular toothbrush! :D
    I should add a small disclaimer -- my Sonicare was free, a christmas gift from a friend who's father is a dentist, and got it as a free professional sample - AND I've never used the Braun, but my sister has one and i've never been too impressed with it's looks, but she likes it - so each to his/her own i guess! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  7. Kung Foo

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    Wasabi - why do you need to buy a new toothbrush to go to school in the fall? Are you starting dental school? I've head that when you join ASDA they offer amazing deals on snazzy toothbrushes - whatever they're pushing at the momnent. Until then you could just stick with the analog model :D
     
  8. gryffindor

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    Wait a few months till you start school, only because Braun and Sonicare do school presentations and offer free brushes to everyone who attends. Everyone who attended the Braun presentation was mailed a free Braun 3D brush and a discount card to order more at $30 each. Sonicare came and also gave a presentation with a free Sonicare brush at the end, but so many people wanted to attend that they have now limited it to juniors and seniors. So when they come this fall, my junior year, you bet I'll be at their promo presentation for free lunch and my free Sonicare. Usually it is your ASDA chapter or your dental student organization who will organize for the company to come. If they haven't come in the past, get involved with your dental school organization/ASDA and contact the companies b/c they are more than willing to come to dental schools and do these presentations.

    I like the Braun, but the replacement heads are kinda expensive. I usually try to hit up the Oral-B stands at vendor fairs for replacements, b/c often they bring them along, but you have to ask.
     
  9. wasabi007

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    WOW!! thanks for the info about freebies and discounts that braun and sonicare may offer to dental students!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> originally i was going to buy a new brush to take with me to dental school in the fall...but now that you guys told me about these deals i'm definitely going to wait! THANKS!

    i was also wondering if you know whether schools offer discounts/deals on laptop/computer purchases once in school? should i wait on buying a laptop as well? thanks so much for the info!

    -wasabi007
     
  10. ehop242

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    i just purchased the braun 3d excel. I LOVE IT! i had the old braun plaque remover in the past, and i preferred regular brushing to it. but this 3d is unbelievable. of course, i have the fresh feeling afterward, but i like that the rotating head gives the same sensation as a hygiene checkup. a big recommendation for everyone...EBAY. i got the excel3d deluxe (two handles, one for the wife), for 56 dollars, almost half of retail on the one handle model. of course, it was brand new in the original packaging. and ebay is even better for replacement heads. 9 heads for 20 dollars. thats almost the same price as buying regular toothbrushes. but it still cant beat free.
     

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