What is a sonic toothbrush: testing Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

When we choose a toothbrush, we look not only at the function, but also at the price. It is clear that in a first approximation we choose between ordinary and electric brushes, and here - from 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 use of a conventional brush in the modern world is camping, when you need to save space, consider the mass of luggage and not depend on electricity. If we choose a brush for everyday use in the apartment, there is no dilemma here: the electric is the point.

But a number of electric toothbrushes also have their own varieties, and now far from everyone understands them. So before the test drive, we will conduct a small educational program.

Problem of choice

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

In fact, everything is very simple. Electric toothbrushes come in exactly three types, no more and no less. These types differ in the principle of action and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. It’s worth choosing based on your needs, and not focusing on cost, the more so the price range can be several full brush costs!

So, there are three varieties:

- mechanical (ordinary);

- sound;

- ultrasound.

What does this mean?

A conventional electric brush removes plaque by simply rubbing the bristles against tooth enamel and gums. Its head is driven directly by an electric motor through a mechanical connection and can make various movements - most often this is rotation, but more advanced models move back, forward, to the sides. If the type of movement 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 ripple is also superimposed on these two varieties, then this is a 3D brush. Frequency of rotation is usually limited by engine power and reaches 7600 rpm.

A sonic electric brush is a much more advanced option. In such brushes, the engine drives a high frequency generator that generates high frequency sound waves and causes the bristles to vibrate. The vibration frequency is usually between 20, 000 and 40, 000 Hz. In fact, in one minute, such a brush makes more movements than you do in a few weeks (!) Using a conventional hand tool. The teeth are cleaned comprehensively - both due to the contact of the bristles with enamel, and due to the effect of high-frequency vibrations on plaque (it is destroyed by this). If sound technology is combined with physical 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 ploy. The sound brush itself is much more effective than the usual one and does not require additional technical bells and whistles.

A complete set of our today's “heroine”, a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean sonic toothbrush: a brush, a case, a charger for a case, a charging base with a glass, two replaceable heads, their caps, a bunch of instructions and guarantees.

Finally, the ultrasonic brush generates ultra-high frequency ultrasonic waves that are transmitted, as in a sonic brush, to the bristles. The wave generator is a piezoceramic plate that emits a wave with a frequency of about 1.7 MHz, while the bristles perform from 80 to 100 million vibrations per minute. Ultrasound not only sets the tip in motion, but by itself actively affects plaque, germs and generally surrounding reality. The bristles only have to “sweep out” the garbage. But with all the advantages of ultrasonic brushes, leading manufacturers are not in a hurry to begin their production. This is due to a number of disadvantages. In particular, people with multiple fillings, artificial teeth, bridges, and so on should not use ultrasonic brushes. Everything that is not directly tooth enamel can suffer from ultrasound.

From our editorial point of view, the best choice is the sonic brush. It is more effective (albeit more expensive) than conventional and safer (and, by the way, more reliable) ultrasound. That is why we took the most serious sound model on the market today, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean . And they tried it in practice.

Diamond cleaning

Philips is one of the world's leading manufacturers of electric toothbrushes. The company has a large gamut, there are budget models and really expensive brushes for every taste. But at the same time, I didn’t have the feeling that the company was taking money “for the brand”, as do manufacturers of luxury equipment like Vertu, which uses Samsung stuffing, puts a phone case with diamonds on it and sells for the price of a helicopter. No, Philips pricing is based on technology: the more they are combined in a model of a brush or any other gadget, the more expensive it is. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is the flagship range, only DiamondClean Smart with sensors that recognize the type of nozzle and an application that gives personalized advice on brushing your teeth.

The attachment of the nozzle has a small clearance. When you put on the nozzle, it springs: first it reaches the body itself, then it separates a little.

This is where the main question arises: is it worth it to overpay? Isn't it better to take a brush with similar, it would seem, indicators, but two times cheaper? I always had this question when I bought electric brushes, and I did it at least three times. And the greedy always won in me: I took the usual mechanical model with a rotating head and was not worried. Somehow, it was more effective than a manual brush, so why complicate it? In general, before DiamondClean, I never tried a sound brush. We can say that this article is a chronicle of the debut.

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The most interesting thing in the model is the modes. There are five of them: Clean (cleaning), Gum Care (gum care), Polish (polishing), Sensitive (delicate cleaning) and White (lightening). They differ in frequency and rhythm of vibrations - the difference is not only perfectly felt when cleaning, but even audible.

Yes, there is another difference, which I did not immediately realize: in different modes, different timers are put in the brush. No, of course, the brush does not turn off after a predetermined time, but signals that it is possible to stop cleaning, plus “divides” this period into four equal intervals, indicating the cleaning of each of the quarters of the jaw. For example, in the standard Clean mode, these are four segments of 30 seconds (only 2 minutes), and in Polish mode, four segments of 15 seconds, that is, 1 minute.

Modes are displayed on the handle.

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