In a world where cars can drive themselves, a toothbrush that doesn’t double as a tech showpiece, features five figures of brush strokes per minute, protects against gum disease, and looks fancy in a charging case is just painfully primitive. That’s why we got in touch with the dental specialists at Philips Sonicare to dig into a toothbrush that does all of that: their flagship mouth-cleaner, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean.
Dentists love this thing
And that’s not just marketing speak. A ton of clinical (read: dentist-lead studies) found that not only does the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean whiten teeth better than manuals in just one week, but it also improves gum health in just two. We’re not saying you should break into your dentist’s home while she’s vacationing in Lake Tahoe for the weekend, but if you were to do that, you’d probably find a Philips Sonicare on her sink.
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It’s great for the whitening-obsessed brusher
Why? Because the toothbrush comes with a setting specifically for whitening. The experts behind this magic wand of orthodontia recommend doing a couple of minutes on the ‘clean’ setting before doing a full cycle of whitening for maximum traffic-stopping effect.
They test it with mad scientist-level rigor
Philips Sonicare is so obsessed with effectiveness, they developed a synthetic paste called “artificial biofilm", which duplicates the plaque on the average teeth, and placed it on model teeth to put their brush prototypes to work. After a lot of experimentation and an excessive amount of math, Philips locked down the most effective combinations of brush density and stroke frequency for plaque-ridding. Welcome to 2015 -- you can keep your hoverboards, Hollywood.
They get consumer signoff repeatedly during development
Real people with real teeth are consulted for their opinions, from the drawing board to those weird non-functional models to the part where someone in a white lab coat hovers over them while they brush their teeth. (Side note: what does dental performance anxiety look like?) In other words, this brush is not only checked on by the professionals who really just want you to floss once in a while, but people like you, too.
There’s a glass that charges the thing
Instead of a charging dock that makes your bathroom look like a special ops command center, a classy glass powers up the brush. The brush itself never needs to be plugged in -- just place it in the glass and let magnetic inductive charging technology do the work.
It employs an insanely excessive amount of brush strokes
At 31,000 full strokes per minute, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean has cracked the golden formula for scrubbing plaque. The experts say they crunched the numbers (probably on awesome see-through whiteboards), loaded up on that biofilm, and figured out that 260 strokes per second, adding up to that ungodly per-minute figure up there, is the perfect amount for completely obliterating that plaque.
The brush heads themselves are painstakingly designed
It may surprise you, but Philips Sonicare spends a comparably ridiculous amount of design time on the bristles themselves. On this toothbrush, they’ve packed bristles at a tighter density than the average manual brush in specific little bunches (seen in the picture up there), leaving what lab testing deemed the perfect arrangement for tooth cleaning.
It’s (really) good for your gums
No one really realizes the importance of gums until their perfectly clean teeth fall out of their face. The gums, the foundation of a healthy mouth, are well looked after by this toothbrush with its very own special "gum mode" which, according to Philips Sonicare, uses physically longer strokes and a zig-zag motion so that it can better clean those hard-to-reach pockets.
It’s even great for sensitive folks
Having sensitive teeth isn’t a problem (unless they start ghostwriting Drake’s breakup songs) thanks to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean’s special sensitive tooth setting. It emits less intense vibrations and even slightly shorter brush strokes to keep your teeth clean and feeling good.
It comes with a sleek, handy, USB travel case
With a wall plug and a laptop-compatible USB travel case, you can charge your brush in between terminals, or, you know, in your own wall plug. What’s nice here is that it’s a slick case that protects your fancy gadget and guarantees you don't look like a 12-year-old going to summer camp with the travel brush your mom got from an airline catalog.
It’s strength-engineered to be the perfect plaque-killing machine
The number of strokes up there is impressive, but what about the pressure and depth (fancy word: amplitude) of the stroke? Unless you've balanced out the strength, increasing the volume of brush strokes could just file your teeth to points. Much testing was done to determine the perfect ratio of pressure to eliminate plaque without being too harsh on the average tooth. Science.