Since I was a child, I have always been really fussy about looking after my teeth – and more specifically my gums. My mum suffers with gum problems and always worried that I would take after her and have problems too.
Whilst regular brushing and a healthy diet are of primary importance in terms of oral hygiene, using a good electric toothbrush can make looking after teeth and gums a lot easier. It is quite widely accepted that the best electric toothbrushes are sonic ones. However, the price point of them can make them inaccessible to many people.
Brio have developed a sonic toothbrush that is available at a much more reasonable price point than others on the market. This was done specifically to allow more people to be able to afford to use them. In addition to the price point, Brio realised the importance of long battery life and affordable and easy to source replacement heads.
The SmartClean has worked with dental practices in the USA and been recommended as one of the best products of 2015 by Clinician’s Report, an organisation made up of a panel of dentists. Having read all this, I had high hopes for my SmartClean, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The at a price point of £52.00 with free delivery. It arrived in a nice, compact box along with two toothbrush heads, a charger cable and a really useful user guide.
As with most electric toothbrushes, this one comes with a two-pronged charger fitting, rather than a standard UK plug. However, the fitting on this brush is not a standard two-pin fitting like those that fit in a shaver socket.
To charge the brush, you will need an appropriate adaptor. I used a mult-fit adaptor that will allow any appliance to be connected to a UK plug. I didn’t buy it especially for the toothbrush, and seem to remember buying it in Boots several years go, so this might be the best place to look for one.
The user guide is really helpful, telling you the best ways of charging the battery to make sure that it lasts the maximum amount of time before having to recharge it. And this is the first thing that I love about the SmartClean – the battery lasts for up to six weeks between charges. SIX WEEKS!!
A complete charge takes 24 hours and you are advised to charge it completely before use, in order to ensure that you get the maximum possible battery life. During the charge, there is a solid blue light showing, this starts to flash when fully charged. After charging, you can take the toothbrush off the unit, pack the charger away and forget about it for the time being.
The brush head easily attaches to the brush and detaches from it. Once the head is on, you run it under the tap before putting toothpaste on. The instruction leaflet wisely advises you to make sure the brush is in your mouth before turning it on.
The brush is very slick looking, with a button that you only have to lightly press to turn it on. One press puts it in ‘normal’ mode, which is the one that I use. For people that haven’t used a brush like this before, you press again to access ‘soft’ mode. This lets you get used to the sensation of it before using it on the slightly higher powered ‘normal’ mode. There is also a ‘massage’ mode, which pulses on and off.
Again, I found the user guide really helpful in terms of the best way to brush your teeth with the SmartClean. After you press the on button, the brush remains on for 2 minutes. This is thought to be the ideal amount of time to brush your teeth for. The brush briefly stops every 30 seconds, to remind you to move to cleaning a different zone of your mouth.
For whitening purposes, you can keep the brush on stained teeth for a little longer. You are advised to do this after you’ve completely finished brushing your whole mouth. I have found that my teeth have naturally become whiter since using the SmartClean without focussing specifically on stained areas.
Since starting to use the SmartClean, I have felt my teeth to be notably cleaner. This is based purely on the way they look to me in the mirror, and the clean feeling when I run my tongue over my teeth. They actually feel clean all day which is a bit of a revelation.
Over all, I have been really impressed with the Brio SmartClean. I love the fact that it doesn’t need charging frequently, it is incredibly simple and effective and I think it’s great value for money. My only slight issue with it was the fact that if I hadn’t had a universal adaptor, I think I would have had to put some time and effort into finding an adaptor that worked with it.
This hasn’t put me off recommending it to people though, it is just something to be aware of. I have already recommended it to my mum, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anybody else or buy another one myself in the future.
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Please note, the Brio Smart Clean Sonic Electric Toothbrush was given to me for the purpose of an honest review. All views, opinions and teeth are my own.