The Oral-B SmartSeries 7000 is faster than a racing car and is “engineered to perform”, according to its manufacturers. Its engine works at a speed of 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute and it features the precision of German engineering present in their automotive technology. But is the electric toothbrush as exciting to drive as a sports car?
This summer, Oral-B are launching their first Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush and this electric toothbrush is its predecessor. The “connected toothbrush” will be rolled out globally in October 2014 with the iPhone app available in May and the Android equivalent in August. This means you will be able to connect your smart phone to your toothbrush. But for the moment, let’s turn our attention back to the Oral-B 7000.
With every new electric toothbrush that is brought out, manufacturers are always upping the ante and this toothbrush is no exception. It has more features, in fact no less than six, and comes with the same wireless SmartGuide as the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000. The SmartGuide is a separate device that connects with your toothbrush giving you information as you brush, such as how long to go, which quadrant you should be on and so on, it basically does all the thinking for you and tells you what you should be doing at every step of the way.
This model is a very sleek black color, very masculine and modern looking, and a departure from the usual white glacial colors most toothbrushes come in, apart from the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean which also comes in black.
Rechargeable or Battery Powered?
The Oral-B 7000 charges up on a small round charging base. The battery life is 10 days based on brushing for two minutes, twice a day.
The SmartGuide is battery powered and comes with a set of batteries to get you going, there’s nothing more annoying to start
A blue battery icon on the handle will flash while it’s charging and stop when the battery is full. It is also recommended to wear the battery down completely once every six months to keep it in optimum health, and the very first charge you do will take up to 24 hours. Some reviewers found the blue flashing a light a bit too bright, especially if they were charging their toothbrushes up overnight and had left the bathroom door open or were charging it in their bedroom.
Turning on the toothbrush at the handle will automatically activate the SmartGuide to start timing up, or down (your choice) to two minutes, which is the dentist-recommended brushing time.
It also has a 30-second interval timer to guide you round the 4 quadrants of your teeth. You will also feel a pulsing in your toothbrush handle as well as a beep after each 30 seconds. If you brush too hard and apply too much pressure a red light will flash on and the smiley face on the SmartGuide will frown at you! As you continue to brush you will see your progress indicated visually by the SmartGuide and at the end of your brushing time you’ll see a smiley face.
You can stick the SmartGuide onto a wall or mirror, as it has a wall mounting kit, or sit it on the bathroom shelf, and when you’re not using it to help you brush your teeth it doubles up as a neat digital clock for the bathroom.
How many different modes can an electric toothbrush have? This is definitely where an electric beats a manual brush hands down due to the consistency of cleaning delivered by the chosen mode: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage and Tongue Cleaning.
Daily Clean does just what it says on the tin, it’s a mode that will give your teeth a good clean every day, twice a day, whereas Deep Clean will give your teeth extra time (45 seconds per quadrant) and extra intensity. Sensitive is a more gentle mode, ideal if you’ve got sensitive teeth or have had dental work done needing a light brush whilst still attacking the plaque.
Whitening mode will give your teeth a good old polish and remove surface stains such as red wine and coffee stains, whilst in massage mode the brush head pulses to gently stimulate and massage your gums. The Tongue Cleaning mode in my mind is optional really, I’m not sure whether you need this feature.
The best thing is to experiment with the different modes and see which one suits you best, or which ones you’re not so keen on.
How Do You Use the Oral-B 7000?
Squeeze your toothpaste onto the brush head, position the brush head against your teeth and turn it on. The brush will automatically start in Daily Clean mode but if you wish to change to a different mode keep pressing the mode button. Then slowly move the brush head from one tooth to the next, and from one quadrant to the next, for example, upper outer, inner outer, lower outer and lower inner. Don’t forget the chewing surfaces too.
You have visual and audio cues with the Oral-B 7000, it’s so easy to brush your teeth you can go on to autopilot and just wait for the happy smiley face to appear on the SmartGuide at the end of your brushing time.
Once you have finished using your Oral-B 7000 rinse it off water and pat dry – because it’s black it’s more likely to show up dried toothpaste marks.
Travelling With The Oral-B 7000
The toothbrush comes with a really smart, hard black case that holds the toothbrush handle and two brush heads, a very nice upgrade from the plastic cases of earlier models. It’s very streamlined and has metal ends, closing via a magnetic flap, and makes it look and feel like a quality product. There is also a black Velcro bag to hold your charger and SmartGuide.
Dimensions / Power / What’s In the Box?
Single voltage for users residing in the US
Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute
Inside the box you will find:
- Rechargeable toothbrush handle
- Charging station with brush head storage
- Wireless SmartGuide
- Handle travel case
- 3 Refill Heads – 1 Sensitive, 1 ProWhite, 1 Floss Action
- Wireless SmartGuide device to give you visual cues whilst brushing
- Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque from hard-to-reach areas
- Hard brushing will activate the pressure sensor
- 6 cleaning modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean, Tongue Cleaning
- Oral-B is the No 1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide
- Up to 50% more brush movements than leading sonic technology
- FlossAction brush head to loosen plaque in-between teeth (please note that this does not replace flossing)
- Quadrant timer
- Pressure sensor
- LED handle displays battery life
Accessories for the Oral-B 7000
This model comes with three brush heads:
- Floss Action: Micropulse bristles designed to reach in the gaps between teeth. It should be noted however, that using this brush head should not replace actually flossing between your teeth.
- Pro White: This brush head is more for whitening and stain removal and comes with a polishing cup.
- Sensitive: Gentle on teeth with softer bristles.
The brush heads have “indicator bristles” with the blue colored bristles fading halfway after 3 months as a reminder to change the brush head.
The following toothbrush heads are also compatible with the Oral-B 7000:
- Oral-B Precision Clean – for thorough removal of plaque
- Oral-B Dual Clean – has two brush heads for plaque removal
- Oral-B Power Tip -perfect around braces and crowns
- Oral-B Ortho – also for braces, has a bigger head than the Power Tip
The toothbrush also comes with a plastic case that will hold up to 4 brush heads and you can also sit the charging base in it as well, keeping everything neat and tidy and in one place.
The pressure sensor is a great feature if this is your first electric toothbrush, as many manual brushers have a tendency to brush too hard.
You get six customizable functions on the toothbrush and your toothbrush can be further customized by using the brush head to suit your dental requirements.
The SmartGuide helps with heavy-handed brushing issues, not brushing for long enough and forgetting which part of your mouth you are supposed to be on.
Like the Oral-B 5000, the toothbrush has both visual and audio brushing cues with the toothbrush working in conjunction with its separate SmartGuide device.
The brush handle is easy to clean and the brush heads are easy to remove and clean.
The charging light is very bright, probably best to recharge it during the day rather than having a blue light flashing through your house all night.
The toothbrush is expensive, but has six features. It may be a bit pricey for the first-time user who is converting from a manual brush.
Replacement brush heads are expensive but you can tailor the brush to suit your needs.
Many reviews commented that in spite of having six different modes available they generally only use one on a day-to-day basis.
Many reviews found the SmartGuide an unnecessary gimmick.
Is the Oral-B 7000 worth an extra $50 more than the Oral-B 5000 for the sake of one additional mode (Tongue Cleaning) which probably isn’t necessary anyway. For the extra money it also comes with a very nice travel case and three brush heads but is it really worth it? Read our review on the Oral-B 5000 here.
Oral-B 7000 Reviews
The Oral-B 7000 was given 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Oral-B 7000 is priced at around $150.
Oral-B guarantee the customer a full refund if not 100% satisfied with the purchase. Just return the electric toothbrush in its original packaging and the receipt postmarked within 60 days of purchase. It also has 2 year limited warranty. To check the latest price click the button below: