Oral B sits atop the toothbrush tree with the numerous models the brand offers. For the people who prefer a budget-friendly option, there’s Oral B 3000. If you’re one of the guys who don’t care about the price and want top-notch performance, go for Oral B 5000.
However, if you’re like me and want the sweet balance between performance AND price, you should pick Oral B 4000 Smart Electric Toothbrush. I’m still dazed and amazed by the perks this thing offers at a price of under $100. I bet you’re interested to know how it does so.
Well, my friend, you’re in luck! In this review, I’ll be going over some of the features, benefits, and even negatives of this device. I’ll be focusing on how it delivers top-notch dental care with the additional accessories as well. Let’s break the brush down bit-by-bit (figuratively) in my review.
Table of Contents
What You Get When You Unbox the Package?
This German product is no joke and it shows right from the moment you open up the package. You get the usual brush core. There’s a PowerWhite brush head included as well. This works to clear debris in your mouth and to clean it completely within three weeks.
There’s a charging base in there as well. Yes, not a cable-based outlet but a base. This makes things easier when you’re looking for constant charging without having to tweak wires or worrying about connection outputs. To round everything up, you get a nifty travel case as well.
The makers provided 2 years’ worth warranty on the whole package. This helps as you won’t have to worry about accidents and damages due to such accidents.
Design and Feel of the Product
The design is what you expect from any Oral B product. The German-Made product is ergonomic and friendly to your hands. It doesn’t matter what type and size of hand you have; the brush will fit in just fine. With a weight of 1.4 pounds, this thing is lightweight and doesn’t pull down when brushing.
7.7 x 10 x 3.9 inches is the dimension of the Oral B 4000. It won’t occupy too much space when putting on the sink or bathroom cabinet. Trust me, it won’t look too big for your hands either.
I liked the design of the brush head. It goes in and out of our mouths without causing any discomfort. The bristles are interesting when you delve a bit deeper into the product. You get “Color Coded” bristles that have different areas to clean inside your mouths.
These nylon-made bristles are flexible and have a long lifespan. They won’t give out that easily. But when they do, you’ll be able to gauge it through the changing of colors.
How This Thing Works?
Electric toothbrushes are self-explanatory. These things move on their own once you turn them on. Oral B 4000 is no different. This little toothbrush does 8800 oscillations side-by-side. This helps in taking care of the crevices of our teeth. Yes, it works for sensitive teeth as well (I’ll get to it later).
When it comes to up and down movements, this thing does 40,000 pulsations. The pulsations help to clear out dirt and plaque from your teeth and gums. Again, without exerting too much pressure on your teeth and gums. This is one thing I liked very much about the device.
Add to that you have a 2-minute timer on the brush. This is the total time we need for brushing our teeth. Within these two minutes, you have 30 seconds of quadrant time. There’s an indicator that flashes every 30 seconds to signal to us that it’s time to brush the other side of our teeth.
During the entire cleaning process, the nylon bristles remain gentle on our teeth and gums. So much so that even the dentists recommend this thing.
Different Cleaning Modes You Can Experiment With
I’ve had an awesome experience working with this brush till now. I’m confident that the experience will only get better. Oral B 4000 comes with four different modes. These modes contribute heavily to the brushing experience.
Let’s take a look at each of these modes to see how it impacts brushing.
The “Daily Clean” mode is what I use for my day-to-day cleaning routine. Call it the “Default” cleaning mode if you would. This runs on normal settings and doesn’t require extra measures to be taken for people to use. The brush head supplied with the device should suffice for this.
Deep Clean mode goes the extra mile and ensures that our crevices between the teeth are cleaned to perfection. This is especially beneficial for people who have yellowish teeth and need an intense cleaning job done on them.
There’s a mode for people with sensitive teeth as well. The bristles are gentle and the pressure is minimum with this mode. It’s good for the elderly and children who have sensitive teeth and gums respectively. This mode allows you to gently massage your gums as well.
If you want your brush to remove plaque effectively, go for whitening mode. This pushes the speed of the brush head to eleven (yes, here’s my “Spinal Tap” reference). The bristles will be faster and the head will move more frequently than usual to give you a thorough cleaning.
Each of the modes can be accessed with different brush heads. Luckily for us, this little brush is compatible with different brush heads manufactured by the Oral-B guys. One can switch between different brush heads at the turn of a dime.
Getting to The Pressure Settings
I’ve seen guys (my neighbor for one) who can’t get the most out of this brush despite switching through different brush heads and modes. If you’re wondering “Why?” This is because of either too much or too little pressure.
Manual toothbrushes don’t have pressure regulators. People need to go by the feel of things. Pushing too hard often results in damaged teeth and bleeding gums. Luckily (again…), Oral-B Smart Toothbrushes come with pressure sensors.
A pressure sensor is a ring of light which flashes whenever you’re putting too much force onto your teeth and gums while brushing. I noticed vibrations whenever I put a step wrong. This feature prevents accidental damages to my teeth. My gums don’t bleed at all.
Let’s Analyze the Performance of the Battery
Electric toothbrushes come with NiMh batteries. This one is no exception. To my surprise, the mid-range battery has good legs on it. One full charge lasts for about 10 days. I’m talking two brushing sessions or four minutes a day. Kudos to Oral-B for coming up with the charging base as well.
This stand is very useful in the sense that you don’t need to worry about wires getting tangled while brushing. Simply, set the brush onto the stand whenever the charging indicator in the front of this brush flashes red. It’ll turn green once the object is fully charged.
However, the power adapter for the charger has a range of 110 – 130V. It doesn’t support dual-voltage. This is somewhat of a drawback for the product.
What I Like about this Product
- You have the choice of using multiple, easy-to-switch brush heads with the product.
- I enjoyed multiple modes and the different types of cleaning experiences they provide.
- Controls of this thing are fairly easy to handle. You’ll need a day of practice to get along.
- I loved the pressure sensor. It prevents you from over exerting pressure on your teeth.
- I loved the battery and charging mechanism Oral-B 4000 gives you at this price range.
What I Don’t Like about this Product
- I’d have loved had this device offered me “Dual Voltage” support like so many of the toothbrushes available on the market.
Last Few Words Before I Leave You Be
I’ve probably said it many times in my Oral-B 4000 review. Here it goes, “Oral B 4000 smart toothbrush is a mid-range product.” It blends together price and performance to the best of its abilities.
I’ll go as far as claiming, “This product grants me better dental care than the Sonicare FlexCare toothbrush.”
I understand that this is a bold claim. Yet, I stand by what I’ve said. I like the battery backup of this thing and numerous modes that makers included in the machine. Thanks to the pressure sensor, children and the elderly can use this product without any hitches.
Sure, I’d have liked “Dual-Voltage” support with it but with a converter adapter, you can easily get around this problem. So, no gripes there.