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Philips Sonicare

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 is the closest you’ll get to daily cleanings at the dentist.

Pros: Protective pressure and motion sensors, five cleaning modes, connects to app for comprehensive monitoring, comes with multiple replacement heads

Cons: All of the features come with a high price tag

If you like to incorporate technology into every part of your life and want to take a super serious approach to dental care, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 might be the perfect toothbrush for you.

At $300, the DiamondClean Smart 9700 is expensive, but before you immediately write it off as being out of your budget, it is not your average electric toothbrush and there is real value in paying so much for the device.

The DiamondClean Smart 9700 features five cleaning modes — Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health, and Tongue Care — all of which can be used at three different intensities.

The 9700 comes with the toothbrush, the wireless charging base, the optional wireless charging glass, the USB charging travel case, six replacement toothbrush heads, and a tongue scrubber. The included replacement heads are worth more than $60 separately and partly accounts for the steep price tags. It’s worth noting that any electric toothbrush you buy will eventually require replacement heads. The 9700 is good because it will get you accustomed to replacing your brush heads on time — not having them on-hand won’t be an excuse.

As a smart toothbrush, the 9700 connects to the Sonicare app via

. In the app, you can set goals like teeth whitening, gum health, fresh breath, or plaque removal. While brushing your teeth, the app will guide you through each session to help you cover all areas of your mouth and meet your goals. Most people don’t brush their teeth systematically — their method usually consists of going all over the place and hoping they hit every part.

With the app, you won’t have to worry about not brushing long enough or missing a spot. Most toothbrushes pulse when it’s time to move on to the next part of your mouth (so does the 9700), but having the additional visual representation of your teeth and brushing coverage in the app makes it more effective. If you do miss a spot, the app will give you a few extra seconds to go back and clean them. The toothbrush and app will also help you correct all of the things you might be doing wrong like brushing too hard or too fast with the built-in pressure and motion sensors.

Another feature that makes this toothbrush smart is its ability to automatically detect what type of brush head is on. If you switch to a whitening head, it will automatically set to the White+ setting.

Immediately after the first use with the DiamondClean Smart 9700, I could tell that my teeth were cleaner than they had ever been with any other toothbrush. I didn’t feel any remaining grit on my teeth or along my gumline. After using the 9700 for over a month, I saw results in whitening my teeth.

The toothbrush and app have made it much easier to maintain good dental health. You know how your dentist reminds you to brush twice daily and to floss regularly every time you go for a scheduled cleaning? Well, the app does it daily, so you won ‘t have to wait six months for your next appointment to get that reminder.

Overall, the DiamondClean Smart 9700 is worth the money. Yes, it’s expensive, but so are dental bills. Considering you only get one set of teeth, this toothbrush is a good way to prevent or improve existing dental issues. If there’s something frivolous of equal value that you want to buy, consider buying this instead. — Amir Ismael

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