Oral-B is a world leader in oral hygiene products. The company designs and manufactures award-winning (that’s no exaggeration) electric toothbrushes that have garnered the endorsement of thousands of dental professionals, and the praise of millions of clean-toothed, bright-smiled consumers.
The toothbrushes are often the focus of discussion – and why wouldn’t they be, with their sleek designs, high performance motors and feature-rich technologies? But for now, let’s shift our attention to something smaller, more humble, yet no less important: Oral-B’s electric toothbrush heads – those highly engineered bundles of bristles which transform a toothbrush from an amalgamation of plastic, circuitry and moving parts into a tooth-cleaning powerhouse!
The Six Main Types of Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Heads
Oral-B manufactures six primary types of toothbrush heads: CrossAction, Sensitive, Precision Clean, Floss Action, 3D White and TriZone. Each is unique. Though they’re all designed to give you clean teeth and healthy gums, which one you choose depends on your needs – so keep reading to learn more!
CrossAction heads are so named because their CrissCross bristles are set at opposing 16 degree angles. This allows them to clean the gumline – which is very important for preventing gum disease – and reach into those deep spaces between teeth where ordinary toothbrushes can’t go.
In fact, the CrossAction’s unique design, with its comfortable, rounded head and angled bristles, removes up to 100% more plaque than an ordinary toothbrush.
Sensitive Toothbrush Heads
Sensitive heads are perfect for those whose teeth and gums don’t tolerate regular toothbrushes. The Sensitive toothbrush head is made with bristles that are soft to the touch, yet tough on plaque, removing up to twice as much as an ordinary toothbrush.
The round head design allows the bristles to oscillate and rotate for maximum cleaning power without irritation, which makes these heads a great choice for post-surgery, periodontal disease and dental implant patients, as well as those with sensitive teeth.
Precision Clean heads feature MicroPulse bristles that allow you to clean even the deepest, hardest-to-reach spots between your teeth, removing up to 100% more plaque than with an ordinary toothbrush. Oral-B’s Precision Clean heads rotate and oscillate at a dentist-approved speed, leaving teeth and gums healthy and clean.
Floss Action Heads
Floss Action heads are a premium-quality Oral-B product. Their professionally designed MicroPulse bristles reach far between teeth, providing a floss-like clean that far surpasses even the most thorough manual brushing. Compared to regular Oral-B heads, Floss Action heads are slightly larger, allowing more surface contact and faster cleaning action.
Oral B 3D White
3D White heads were inspired by the same tools you’ll find in a dentist’s office. Just like other Oral-B toothbrush heads, 3D White heads feature high-quality bristles – in this case, an arrangement of cylindrical and flattened bristle-bunches – which do the bulk of the work. In addition, a yellow rubber polishing cup helps to scrub away surface stains for a brilliant smile.
Trizone Electric Toothbrush Heads
TriZone heads are the easiest-to-use Oral-B electric toothbrush head – they feature three multi-coloured bristle zones, which not only clean teeth and gums from every angle, but allow you to brush in a manner similar to using a regular toothbrush. The difference, of course – as with all Oral-B toothbrush heads – is a superior cleaning action that removes up to 100% more plaque.
Back teeth are notoriously difficult to clean. TriZone heads contain a moving power tip that reaches even the trickiest areas, while the long stationary bristles squeeze between teeth and clean twice as deeply as a normal toothbrush. Shorter stationary bristles finish off the job by thoroughly cleaning tooth surfaces.
Replacing Your Oral-B Brush Heads
All Oral-B electric toothbrush heads feature indicator bristles, which fade halfway through their lifespan (approximately three to four months), reminding you when it’s time to replace the head. Putting a fresh head on your toothbrush is easy. It’s also hygienic, and ensures your teeth and gums stay as clean and healthy as possible.
Oral-B also sell some lesser known, specialised brush heads – Interspace Power Tip, Oral-B Ortho, Oxyjet and Dual Clean. For example, Ortho Care Heads are specially designed to be used for cleaning teeth with braces and Oxyjet heads improve gum health with micro-bubble technology.
Why do Oral B Toothbrush Heads Have Coloured Rings?
You’ve probably noticed that Oral-B electric toothbrush heads have a small coloured ring at the base of the shaft. But do these rings have a specific purpose or are they just for decoration?
It’s really quite simple, they’re used as a way to identify who is using which brush head, if multiple people are using the same electric toothbrush handle.
For example, I have a family of three people in the house. We all use the same Oral B Pro 6000 electric toothbrush handle but use different brush heads, the rings are just a way for users to distinguish between brush heads. It’s similar to households that use different coloured manual toothbrushes, where each person has their own style / colour of toothbrush.
At the moment I’m using a brush head with a blue ring, my wife’s has a red ring and our daughter uses one with a yellow ring. These coloured rings are just a great way to see which brush head belongs to which person in the house.
You don’t want to be sharing the same brush head with multiple people because this could cause cross contamination of bacteria between mouths.
Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Head Compatibility
All the Oral-B replacement heads discussed – CrossAction, Sensitive, Precision Clean, Floss Action, 3D White and TriZone – are compatible with the following Oral-B electric toothbrushes:
- Oral-B Triumph
- Oral-B SmartSeries
- Oral-B PRO
- Oral-B Trizone
- Oral-B Pro-Health Power
- Oral-B Vitality (but not Vitality Sonic)
If you’re serious about maintaining your oral health – and you should be – use an Oral-B electric toothbrush. Choose a compatible head that best suits your needs, brush twice daily and replace the toothbrush head regularly. Your mouth will thank you! The range of brush heads detailed in the article are available in most popular stores – Asda, Tesco, Boots, etc. But we have found Amazon to offer the best prices online and availability.
Oral B Toothbrush Head Comparison Table
A Word About Fake oral b toothbrush heads
You want to buy genuine oral b toothbrush heads to ensure you’re getting the best level of oral health from your electric toothbrush.
There are unbranded, generic toothbrush heads which are compatible with oral be electric toothbrushes. These are perfectly legitimate products that you can buy from high street shops such as Home Bargains, Boots and Asda.
Although these are not as high quality as the branded Oral-B heads, they’re a good option if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on fancy Oral-B replacement heads.
I’ve used these generic replacement heads and they “did the job” but I did notice a difference in quality compared to the genuine oral b heads. The bristles were less densly packed, didn’t feel as firm and didn’t have faded indicator bristles, but they are a good budget option with a pack of 4 costing just £5.
However, there are some fake oral b toothbrush heads in circulation. These brush heads will work just like the cheap generic ones but they are design to deceive you into thinking they are genuine oral-b heads. They come in oral b packaging and have the oral b logo on the brush heads, they are replicas of the real thing but are of lower quality. You want to avoid these because you’d still be paying a premium price for a lower quality fake product.
It’s hard to spot these fakes, so the best way to avoid buying them is to make sure you’re getting your brush heads from a reputable retailer such as Amazon, Boots or Asda. Avoid places like eBay (unless highly rated seller) and dodgy street sellers.
Electric Teeth provides a good comparison to help you spot these fakes: