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I didn’t know how to brush my teeth until I met this toothbrush. I had always scrubbed the hell out of them and my gums with crappy CVS $ 3.99 toothbrushes, which would be all but destroyed in a month or so. Listen, I love brushing my teeth, so much so that I did it with a fiery passion that may have hurt me more than help. Then, along came Philips with its Sonicare line, which (albeit not without conflict) taught me that technology is here to help save my dental hygiene. The DiamondClean Smart 9500 brush comes with an abundance of features to help even the most barbaric brushers learn a thing or two. With its versatile brush heads, app, LED indicators, and classy design, it’s the toothbrush everyone should have, and many absolutely need.
There’s a brush for every tooth.
The Sonicare Smart 9500 brush does a remarkable job of giving you a lot of options in a very digestible way. The first is the brush heads. It comes with four of them—one for gum care, one for whitening, one for plaque removal, and a tongue brush. The versatility is fantastic. Best part? The handle can tell which head you have equipped and change its regimen and settings automatically to work best with it. The brush heads get a deep scrub, and feel soft but thorough on your teeth and gums. The whole brush also connects with an app that can help track brushing habits and chart problem spots, making suggestions for a better clean. The tech is easy to use and the design is seriously thoughtful.
You’ll be brushing smarter, not harder.
The Sonicare Smart 9500 brush handle is equipped with understated matte LEDs that not only look elegant (for a toothbrush), but also signal many things to help you with good brushing habits. There are LED indicators for what mode you’re on (i.e. whitening) along with an indicator for battery power. And nothing is quite as helpful as the little purple LED light at the bottom. If you’re like me, your toothbrush has a crater in it surrounded by wild bristles due to the intensity with which you scrub your teeth. Although it made me feel attacked at first, this indicator taught me how to brush my teeth correctly, lighting up whenever I was over-scrubbing. I fought this to the point that when I started using the brush, I just didn’t turn it on to be a stubborn asshole. But eventually the brush helped me learn. My teeth have become far less sensitive, and I’ve stopped massacring my gums with my aggressive technique. The Sonicare may not make that drastic of a difference for you, but it’ll still teach you to let the brush do what it’s there to do.
The charging cup is genius.
Okay yes, you’re buying the brush to clean your teeth, and yes, the cup does not help you clean them better, but goddamn is it a brilliant invention. The Sonicare Smart 9500 comes with a cup and metallic base that charges the toothbrush. This seems small, but it’s such a good design choice. The cup blends right into your bathroom counter, looking far less techie than a traditional charging dock. You won’t need to remember to use it, and it’s not fidgety like some wireless chargers can be, so you won’t even need to be precise with how you drop the brush into it. You’ll spare your gums and class up your counter when you decide you need this smart brush for your “self-care” New Year’s resolution.