Best Oral-B Brush Heads: Different Types Compared & Explained

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

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Our Verdict

Our choice: CrossAction (view on Amazon)
2nd choice: Sensi UltraThin (view on Amazon)

Both provide a great clean, the Sensi UltraThin offers the softer bristles for a more gentle brushing experience.

If you want to know more about each brush head or the other choice you have, this guide tells you all you need to know and makes it simple to pick the one that is right for you.

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What’s the best Oral-B brush head?

It is not that simple to say definitively which is ‘the best’.

All of the heads are engineered slightly differently, to suit different users’ needs.

To avoid confusion, I have created sections that help you find the brush head best suited to you.

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Best all-round Oral-B brush head

The CrossAction or Sensi UltraThin are the best brush heads to go for.

I know this is 2 options and not 1, but they are both excellent choices.

The CrossAction is the brush head most commonly supplied with a new Oral-B toothbrush.  The bristles are firmer than the Sensi UltraThin, which is another very popular option, if you prefer or your dentist recommends soft bristles.

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Oral-B Cross Action Brush Head Oral-B Cross Action Brush Head 3,198 Reviews £18.49 £5.70
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Oral-B Sensi Ultra-Thin Brush Head Oral-B Sensi Ultra-Thin Brush Head 3,198 Reviews £18.49 £5.70

Best Oral-B brush head for sensitive teeth

If you have sensitive teeth or gums, perhaps inflammation or even bleeding the best brush head in this instance for cleaning your teeth will be the Sensi Ultra-Thin (view on Amazon).

The softer bristles move over the teeth and gum surfaces with a motion less abrasive than some other brush heads, reducing the sensitivity on the teeth.

If you regularly experience sensitive teeth and gums, you should seek further advice from a dentist as you may need to consider a change in diet, specialist toothpastes or even dental work.

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Oral-B Sensi Ultra-Thin Brush Head Oral-B Sensi Ultra-Thin Brush Head 3,198 Reviews £18.49 £5.70

Best Oral-B brush head for braces

The complex design of braces and the small food particles that can get caught on the teeth and gums and around the dental work may make brushing your teeth and leaving them fresh and clean more difficult.

Thankfully Oral-B have a solution that works well with braces, in fact the Ortho Brush Head (view on Amazon) has been specifically designed with this in mind.

The unique design looks to reach in between the brace and around fittings to clean as effectively as if you had no braces at all.

When buying the Ortho brush head included will be a Power/Interspace Tip which is a second brush head with another style of bristle design that is specifically designed to clean in between teeth in hard to reach areas.

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Oral-B Ortho Brush Head Oral-B Ortho Brush Head 1,602 Reviews £10.99 £8.94

Best Oral-B brush head for whitening teeth

Whilst the Oral-B 3D White brush head (view on Amazon) will not achieve the same results as professional whitening at the dentist, it can help to remove surface stains from your teeth. 

The polishing cup in the centre of the brush head is designed to replicate the motion and effect of professional dental tools.

To enhance the effect of the whitening head it is best, although not essential, to use it with an Oral-B brush that has a Whitening Mode

The Whitening Mode lasts for 2 minutes 20 seconds — the first 2 minutes are for your normal clean, and the last 20 seconds can be used to focus on any particularly stained areas. 

It’s worth noting that this brush head won’t work miracles — it’s worth trying if you have some light staining you want to remove, but if the desired results are not achieved, you will likely need professional cleaning or bleaching — see our teeth whitening page for more information on this.  

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Oral-B 3D White Brush Head Oral-B 3D White Brush Head 3,645 Reviews £17.99 £9.48
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Which brush head should I use?

Don’t panic or worry too much about which style of brush head to pick.

For the vast majority, the CrossAction or Sensi UltraThin brush head I have recommended will be an ideal choice.

The small round heads do a fantastic job of cleaning the teeth and gums.

Arguably just as, if not more important than the actual brush head is the way in which you clean your teeth. This includes how long you brush for, how frequently and the brushing technique.

Our full guide here explains the correct way to brush your teeth. A poor tooth cleaning routine is more damaging than the incorrect brush head.

However, for those looking to achieve specific results or have special brushing requirements, Oral-B does offer a little more choice.

If you want to get into the details, you first need to consider the brush head style.

Do you want the small round brush head, which Oral-B are famed for, and that is clinically proven to offer a superior clean?

Or, would you like the sweeping action of the TriZone brush head which is more aligned with a manual toothbrush?

A TriZone brush head reaches over 2-3 teeth at any one time compared to the one tooth approach of the small professional inspired heads.

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Both will offer a better clean removing more plaque than a manual brush.

Seeing as the small round heads are clinically better and more popular, I will presume you want the small round brush head.

With that covered you have another slight consideration to make. What bristle configuration do you want?

The options include:

  • CrossAction
  • FlossAction
  • 3D White
  • Sensi UltraThin
  • Precision Clean

Each of these have potential advantages based on your specific needs. CrossAction is a good general clean option whilst the FlossAction is advantageous if you particularly suffer with plaque build up in between teeth.

3D White is best used if you are trying to remove stains from the teeth and get more of a polished shine.

Sensi UltraThin is best suited if there is inflammation in the mouth or you have particularly soft gums whilst Precision clean attacks the gum line removing up to 5x more plaque.

There are of course the more specialised Ortho and Power Tip/Interspace brush heads which should ideally be used by those with braces, teeth implants or dental crowns.

All give the teeth a good general clean, do not be worried that you will lose out by selecting one over the other, but it can be good to change brush heads if your needs change over time.

brushing teeth with electric toothbrush

Oral-B brush heads explained

CrossAction vs Precision Clean vs FlossAction vs Sensi Ultra Thin vs…the other 5 Oral-B brush heads available to buy.

You may be wondering what the difference is between these and how they compare.

I explain all the different heads in detail below to make it easy for you to understand which one to opt for.

I’ve also created a comparison table to help summarise the key differences.

I’ve buying links to the various brush heads so that you can be sure you’re choosing the right one.

In this article, I am focusing on the more popular Oral-B branded brush heads (as opposed to third-party equivalents) which are compatible with Oral-B brush handles.

Comparison Table

All the brush heads shown in the table below will work with any Oral-B brush handle, the Stages Power Kids being the only exception.

I have included buying links for Amazon, but I would also recommend checking out:

CrossActionFlossActionSensi UltrThin3D WhitePrecision CleanTriZoneOrtho CareInterspaceKids
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DescriptionBest all-roundBest for sensitive teethBest for whiteningBest for bracesBest for crowns, bridges & implantsBest for kids
Buy linkAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazonAmazon
Everyday brushing solution?YesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes
Speciality brushing solution?NoNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYes
Compatible with all handles?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cleaning modes best suitedDaily Clean, Gum Care, Pro CleanDaily Clean, Gum Care, Pro CleanSensitiveWhiteningDaily Clean, Gum Care, Pro CleanDaily Clean, Gum Care, Pro CleanDaily CleanDaily CleanDaily Clean

Video Explanation

Sometimes it’s just easier to explain things in person, so I have put together this video that talks through the main differences between the main Oral-B brush heads.

Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Heads Explained 2020

Fitting Oral-B brush heads

To replace a brush head, you pull off the existing brush head and push on the replacement. The heads will require a small amount of force to push on and pull off, they are designed to be a snug fit.

CompatibilityOral-B brush heads interchangeable

All of the Oral-B brush heads will fit to and work with any of the current and many older Oral-B electric toothbrushes. They are designed to be interchangeable*.

All brush heads work on any Oral-B brush handle and cleaning mode.

So if you have Pro 2 2000 or a Genius X you can use any of the previously mentioned brush heads.

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You can really take advantage of this feature if you wish to achieve certain oral hygiene goals, if your needs change over time or if you share a toothbrush handle with someone else. Just swap the head of the brush to suit the user’s needs.

No longer does one person in a household need to have a different brush to another. Share the same handle, just swap the brush head.

It is advised to only use Oral-B brush heads with the brush handles as performance and wear on the brush using other brush heads cannot be guaranteed.

*Odd exceptions may apply. The OxyJet nozzle will not fit to electric toothbrushes.

Pro Series V TriZone Series

You may be wondering what is the difference between the Pro and TriZone series. 

The motion of the TriZone brush head is different to the other Pro series brush heads. TriZone is more like a traditional manual brush compared to the more advanced and arguably better oscillating rotating brush head.

In the animations below you can see the different motions of the brush heads.

TriZone brush head:

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Pro Oscillating Rotating brush head:

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It is the Pro series brush heads with the 3D oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology that tends to be most popular.

A look at the different types of brush head

I have tested almost of these different brush heads (with the exception of Ortho, Interspace and DualClean) and my personal favourites are the CrossAction and Sensitive brush heads.

Being able to actually tell the difference between each and how well they clean is very difficult.

Personal opinion is most certainly going to influence the thought about each. You might get different feelings and results when compared to my everyday use.

Oral-B make many claims about the efficiency of plaque removal and how well each head cleans in combination with their brush handles. I am not here to judge or make comment specifically on how well they remove plaque, this is not a scientific test.

Having tried each, here are a few of my thoughts.

Cross Action Heads

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Probably the most common of all the brush heads, the CrossAction toothbrush head has a CrissCross bristle configuration set at a 16 degree angle to effectively clean teeth, along the gumline and reach deep in between teeth to loosen and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, all available here from Amazon:

  • 4 brush heads
  • 5 brush heads
  • 8 brush heads

The CrossAction brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Oral-B Cross Action replacement toothbrush head

Braun Oral-B CrossAction Brush Head Review

This is my brush head of choice, that I use on a daily basis on my Genius 9000.

I feel like it cleans well and I always feel like my mouth is always fresh after use.

It sounds extreme, but the best way I can describe this head is that is is more aggressive than the others. What I mean by this is that I can feel the bristles working, particularly along the gumline.

Some might find it a little too harsh, the bristles are fairly stiff, particularly if you compare it to the sensitive head.

If you have sore, swollen or inflamed gums it might be a bit rough on these.

The bristles are bunched into 26 smaller clusters.

Right in the centre you have 2 clusters of short white bristles

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Around this is a ring of 8 bristle clusters that are a dark blue and green in colour.

The green bristles are the same height as the inner white bristles and the dark blue sit slightly taller. All of these bristles are angled at 16 degrees.

There is then the final outer ring of bristles. 16 clusters all of which are angled at 16 degrees. There are shorter white bristles and then taller light lue bristles.

It is the light lue bristles that are the ‘indicator bristles that fade over time as the brush head is used.

Over the many months I have used this style of head, I have not found the bristles to fray or split and have been very pleased with the performance with no desire to change to another brush head, other than perhaps the sensitive brush head.


Floss Action Heads

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Unique MicroPulse bristles are designed to reach and clean deep between the teeth to give a floss like clean whilst other bristles focus on the tooth surfaces and the gum line to help lift and remove plaque.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 4 brush heads

The Floss Action brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Oral-B Floss Action replacement toothbrush heads
Oral B Floss Action brush head high speed demo

Braun Oral-B FlossAction Brush Head Review

A round Oral-B brush head, the FlossAction configuration is a bit unique in the fittings within the head itself.

Yes, you have the normal clusters of bristles, but there are 4 tall rubber pieces that are tapered in their design and fairly flexible with a lot more movement than the fairly stiff bristles on the brush head.

In the centre of the brush head are 7 clusters of shorter mint green bristles.

Above and below this are 2 light blue bristle clusters with a further 2 clusters above them. The outer bristle formation is slightly thinner, but wider in formation and are positioned to form a slight arc or curvature to the edge of the brush head. The very outer bristles are the tallest on the head.

To the right and left of the brush head is a single cluster of white bristles in a circles, with then a single taller but not so thick formation on the very edge. These are the same height as the inner mint green bristles.

Imagine the brush head to be a clock face and at 8, 10, 2 and 4 are these unique MicroPulse bristles.

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Yellow in colour, a third of the way down they have a blue banding around them, which is slightly thicker and gives strength to the bristle. Whilst securely fitted within the head, they have much more flex and a wider degree of movement than any other bristes.

The tapered design helps them get deep within the gaps of the teeth to remove plaque and food debris and give a floss like clean.

Watching the movement of the brush head in slow motion, shows how these bristles flop side to side.

I can’t say that I can actually feel these MicroPulse bristles getting in between the teeth. If I really try to analyse the clean of the head it feels different but actually explaining it or to say it is giving that deep floss like clean is hard.

That said, I have very tight gaps between my teeth and sometimes even getting regular string or tape floss in can be difficult. Others may feel or see the difference more than I can.


Sensi UltraThin (Sensitive) Heads

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Engineered to be softer on the teeth and gums, the bristles are softer and formed into a petal shapes for a more gentle movement along the gumline, tooth surface, in and around sensitive and inflamed areas.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon.

  • 2 brush heads
  • 4 brush heads
  • 8 brush heads

Braun Oral-B Sensi-Ultra Thin Review

Sensi UltraThin is the new and improved brush head that is designed to replace the Sensitive brush head that has been available for many years.

The brush head is round in shape made up of a number of bristle clusters.

These clusters are called ‘petals’ by Oral-B. They are made and positioned in such a way that there is a slight sweep and curve to the bristle clusters on the outer ring.

There are 8 clusters on the outer ring that are white in colour and have fading blue tips.

There is the inner ring with a further 8 bristle clusters. These are all white in colour

Right in the centre is a tight cluster of blue bristles.

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Shortest are the inner blue bristles, with the inner ring of white bristles slightly taller. The height of the bristles on the very outer ring, vary in height. For the most part they are the same height as the inner ring of bristles, but quite a few of the outer bristles are fractionally taller.

Oral-B have designed the bristles to be much softer on the teeth and gums and whilst there is a certain firmness to the bristles they do feel soft.

During cleaning, the head seems to do a good job and I enjoy the clean it offers.

It does feel softer and many dental professionals will advise opting for a soft bristles head on your toothbrush.

In comparison to the older style Sensitive brush head style, which is still sold in places the new head has less bristles. The older style has bristles of all of the same height. On the outer edge are a number of tightly clustered bristles that essentially form a ring around a much denser array of centre bristles.

You should be aware that whilst the actual style of the 3D white brush head has not changed, the colours of the bristles have. The reason for this I am not sure. The older style 3D White brush head has a yellow polishing cup, green and light blue outer bristles.


3D White Heads

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Offering a specially designed, dentist inspired polishing cup this brush head is for a tooth by tooth clean that works to remove surface stains to whiten teeth while the bristles clean away plaque.

By using this brush head, teeth can appear whiter within 2 weeks.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 2 brush heads
  • 4 brush heads

The 3D White brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Oral-B 3D White replacement toothbrush head

Braun Oral-B 3D White Brush Head Review

More unique looking than your regular style of round brush head, the 3D White head looks similar to other Oral-B heads in that it is round with a number of bristle clusters, but what makes this head stand out from the others is the round rubber polishing cup that is in the middle of the brush head.

This is a Pinky/Purple coloured piece of rubber, that sits lower than all the other bristles of the brush. Inside the polishing cup are 4 thin bristles/upright rubber pieces that help give the cup strength. These are positioned at 9, 12, 3 and 6 o’clock, if you imagined the circle being that of a clock face. In between each of these are even smaller ridges inside the polishing cup, there are 3 between each larger support/bristles.

To the outer left and right of this polishing cup are 3 clusters of bristles that form the outer ring of the brush head if you like. These are rich blue colour and are the shortest bristles on the head.

Above and below the polishing cup are 3 clusters of white bristles.

Out from the white bristles are 2 clusters of very dark blue coloured bristles. The formation of these bristles are wider and slightly thinner than a normal cluster and are positioned in such a way that there is a gentle arc to them.

The tallest bristles these sit right at the top and bottom of the brush head.

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The polishing cup is designed to mimic the dentist tools that buff the tooth surface, and remove stains, to be bright and white, whilst the bristles brush away plaque on the tooth surfaces, in interdental spaces and along the gumline.

How effective this brush head is at whitening your teeth is dependent upon your teeth and the level of staining. When used with a good toothpaste it can remove extrinsic staining, i.e. the staining that builds up due to use of tobacco, drinking coffee or red wine. But, the effects and change in tooth colour may be little if you already have good oral hygiene and little tooth staining and the overall colour of the tooth will not be whitened.

Whilst it happily cleans the teeth well, for me the clean is not as invigorating as the CrossAction or the Precision clean brush heads.


Precision Clean Heads

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Capable of removing up to 5x more plaque than a manual toothbrush the precision clean head leaves your whole mouth feeling cleaner thanks to an arc trim that cups each tooth as you brush it.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, all available here from Amazon:

  • 2 brush heads
  • 4 brush heads
  • 8 brush heads

The Precision Clean brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles with the exception of the Stages Power Kids
Replacement toothbrush heads Oral-B Precision Clean
Oral B Precision Clean brush head high speed demo

Braun Oral-B Precision Clean Brush Head Review

This was the brush head of choice and the default brush head supplied with most brushes from Oral-B, before they introduced the CrossAction brush head.

The brush head is circular in shape, and there are clusters of bristles that are different lengths. When looked at side on you can see how the bristles essentially cup around the tooth.

Whilst not as soft as the Sensitive brush head, the bristles have more movement and are not as stiff as the CorssAction head.

In the centre are 4 clusters of white bristles, with 3 clusters of bristles on the right and left side. These left and right clusters arc slightly around the centre bristles.

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On the very edge of the right and left side of the brush head and forming an outer wall of bristles are 4 clusters of dark blue bristles. 2 clusters are closer together to provide a thicker and more oval shaped formation.

Above and below the central white bristles are 2 clusters of lighter blue bristles and then out from these is a much wider arcing cluster that forms the upper and lower edge of the brush head. These are the taller bristles.

The head offers to me a good clean. It does not feel quite as invigorating as the CrossAction head, but effective and certainly my teeth feel clean after use.


TriZone Heads

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Most like a manual toothbrush head the TriZone interchangeable head features 3 bristle zones.

A power tip reaches the back teeth whilst shorter bristles clean the tooth surface and longer sweeping bristles that reach up to 2X deeper between teeth compared to a manual brush to deliver a more superior clean.

It is also worth noting that the TriZone brush head is larger than the oscillating rotating brush heads like Cross Action, Floss Action etc.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, all available here from Amazon:

  • 2 brush heads
  • 4 brush heads

The TriZone brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Replacement toothbrush head Oral-B TriZone

Braun Oral-B TriZone Brush Head Review

Having spent many years using the small round brush heads, the TriZone is much larger and bulkier in the mouth and is much more reminiscent to a regular manual toothbrush.

There are essentially 7 rows of bristles that run horizontally across the brush head.

The brush head shape is longer and more oval than the round brush heads.

At the very top of the brush head are a 3 clusters of light blue bristles. You have one cluster in the top centre with a cluster below and slightly to one side of that.

These top bristles move left to right when connected to the brush handle and do so in perfect harmony with the 3 rows of white bristles on the head.

Longest are the white and light blue bristles.

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Not obvious until you look side on at the brush head, the bristles at the tip are angled back slightly and I understand them to help clean deeper between teeth

There are 3 rows of shorter dark blue bristles. Made up of 3 bristle clusters running horizontally, they are fixed into the head and do not move left to right like the other bristles do. They clean the teeth via the sonic vibrations that pass into the bristles from the brush motor.

In the mouth the cleaning action feels different, not quite as intense in my opinion and you get a slower, sweep like motion.

The effectiveness of the brush head is good, but for me I prefer the other round head styles and this is what Oral-B tend to recommend.

The smaller heads are easier to manipulate and move around the mouth, particularly if there is not a lot of room to move. It also felt to me more awkward when cleaning the backs of teeth with the larger head.

TriZone is an option for those transitioning or who like the bigger head style.


Ortho Heads

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Designed to suit those who are undergoing orthodontic treatment the brush head makes for easier and simpler cleaning of braces.

Inner bristles focus on the brace attachment to the tooth whilst outer bristles focus on the exposed tooth surface, the gumline and in between teeth.

An ortho brush kit often contains 2 other brush heads and a Interspace/Power Tip as explained below.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 1 pack containing 2 x Ortho and 1 x Power Tip

The Ortho brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Oral-B Ortho replacement toothbrush head

Interspace/Power Tip

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Referred to as either Power Tip or Interspace this brush head is specifically designed to clean between teeth and around dental work such as bridges, crowns and tiny, hard to reach areas in between teeth and implants.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 2 brush heads

The Interspace / Power Tip brush head is compatible with:

  • All Oral-B brush handles
Replacement toothbrush heads Oral-B Power Tip

Kids (Stages Power) Heads

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As the name implies this brush head is specifically designed with children or kids in mind.

It is an everyday brushing solution, that is round in shape, just like a regular Oral-B brush head, but it is marginally smaller to suit the smaller mouths of the younger generation.

The bristles are soft to ensure no damage to the teeth and gums.

Often referred to as ‘Stages Power’ brush heads as this is a range of brush heads designed with children in mind.

The heads come in different colours and usually have stickers applied to the shaft of the brush head. These stickers are usually Disney themed to match the brush handle.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 4 brush heads

The kids brush head is compatible with:

  • Specifically designed for Kids Stages power, but will work with all Oral-B brush handles
Oral-B Stages Power electric toothbrush heads for kids

OxyJet Nozzle

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Not strictly a brush head, this is a special type of attachment designed for Oral-B’s range of water flossing units, OxyJet and Aquacare.

It does not work with electric toothbrushes, it functions only with water flossers.

The nozzle allows the water to flow from the handle of the irrigators and pushes the water out through the tip.

A grey slider switch just under the head of the nozzle allows the jet of water exiting to be changed from either a continuous and more powerful jet of water or a softer, rotational flow of water.

You can buy them in the following pack sizes, available here from Amazon:

  • 4 nozzles

The OxyJet is compatible with:

  • Oral-B OxyJet and Aquacare water flossers.

Different Cleaning Modes

Depending on which Oral-B electric toothbrush you have or are looking to opt for will depend on the cleaning modes available.

The main cleaning modes are however:

  1. Daily Clean
  2. Gum Care (Also referred to as Massage)
  3. Sensitive
  4. Whitening
  5. Deep Clean
  6. Tongue Cleaner

Each of the previously mentioned brush heads can be used with any of these cleaning modes but some are better suited to particular modes — we show which brush heads are best suited to which cleaning modes in the comparison table above.

The sensitive brush head is best suited to the sensitive and gum care cleaning mode whilst the 3D white brush head is best partnered with the whitening cleaning mode.

Using the correct brush head with the most appropriate cleaning mode can result in a more thorough and suitable clean for your teeth and oral health conditions. If ever in doubt it is worth speaking to your dentist to find which is the best combination for you.

Replacing your brush head

Oral_B_Brush_Head_Indicator

The recommended time period for changing an Oral-B brush head is every 3 months.

This is a general consensus among the dentistry profession. You will find that the brush heads will normally last 3 months and whilst the intensity of the bristle colour may have changed the bristle formation should still be virtually the same as it was when new at the end of the 3 month period.

Using a brush head for longer can actually cause harm to the teeth because bristles can become damaged and less effective at how they sweep across the tooth surfaces, in between teeth and along the gum line.

Therefore it is always important to monitor your brush head and consider whether it is necessary to change your brush head sooner rather than later.

Indicator Bristles

On any Oral-B brush head you have what are classed as indicator bristles.

The colour of the bristles start off fuller and darker, but as time passes they become lighter and appear more worn.

It is this fade in colour that acts as a guide to tell you to change brush heads.

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Bristle Condition

Take a look at the bristles, are they still fairly uniform in their direction and look.

Does the bristle layout look similar to when the brush head was new?

If bristles are shorter, frayed or all over the place then it is time to change.

Brushing with too much pressure is often a cause of wearing out brush heads quicker than normal.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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42 thoughts on “Best Oral-B Brush Heads: Different Types Compared & Explained”

  1. Hi Jon
    I’m a older woman who has implants and a crown plus sensitive teeth and gums I find that I have a small mouth and the regular adult toothbrushes seem to big for the back of my mouth does oral B make a smaller toothbrush for adults ?

    Reply
    • Hi Patricia.

      I am afraid the answer is no. Oral-B brush heads are only available in one size. The exception is the TriZone brush head, but that is even bigger. Their kids brush head isn’t that much smaller either.

      Reply
  2. Hi. my wife has 2 x Braun toothbrushes,
    a battery driven 4744
    a rechargable 3756.
    Although they have the same sized metal driving spindle, the plastic casing below the spindle are of different diameters.
    Where can I buy replacement heads for the battery model and be certain I am getting the correct diameter casing ? ?
    Thanks, Nick

    Reply
  3. Hi, what is the difference between a oral B replacement head and a oral B refill head,
    as some packages say refill and some say replacements.
    Thanks Paul.

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  4. Hi Jon,

    Thank you for the guide, it’s very helpful! I have partially ruptured wisdom teeth on my lower jaw, which are still mostly covered by ‘gum flaps’ (an ‘operculum’ i think it’s called?). It’s very hard to clean effectively under these gum flaps and often I struggle with a bad smell/taste coming from this area.

    Which of the Oral B heads would you recommend for cleaning under these gum flaps effectively? Ideally I need something that both lifts up the gum flaps and also cleans under them whilst lifted. Possibly Precision Clean or Interspace/Power Tip?

    Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

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    • Hi Chris.

      Thanks for the question.

      It can be very difficult to clean this area, as you are experiencing. For some, it is more of an issue than others.

      I do not think the interspace tip is the best tool for the job. Any of the other brush heads should work fairly effectively as the bristles should sweep over, under and around that gum tissue if you position the brush head right at the back of the mouth.

      You might find the greatest additional benefit from a water flosser. The power of the water flow and the ability to position the jet of water could potentially help clean out any bacteria and debris very effectively and give the extra pressure needed to dislodge particles that might not be with regular brushing. It might be tricky to position correctly, initially, but the use of a pickpocket tip that comes provided with the likes of the Waterpik Aquarius (and a bit of practice) might help.

      You might want to consider using a mouthwash at certain times of the day also for extra cleansing. The Fresh Breath Company’s range of oral rinses are a potential option.

      It is also worth getting the opinion of your dentist.

      I hope this helps.

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      • Hi Jon,

        Thank you so much for such a speedy reply. Really appreciate you taking the time to do this & I’ll look into all of these suggestions now.

        Thanks again

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  5. I have an Oral B Professional Care electric toothbrush. I have bought two different packs of replacement brush heads, but they don’t fit the handle. Despite many websites, including Oral B itself, saying all replacement brush heads will fit all handles, with the odd rare exception. So what replacement brush heads fit the Professional Care handle.

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    • Hi Iain.

      Professional Care is a name applied to many of Oral-B toothbrushes. This is essentially what ‘Pro’ is now short for in many product names.

      Are you able to share a photo of the toothbrush you have or the brush heads you have been using for me to try and help?

      You can always email me if easier contact [at] electricteeth [dot] co [dot] uk.

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    • Hi Tony,

      There are indeed such comments.

      What you need to do is check that the version you are buying are marked as ‘Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.’

      If they are ‘Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.’ you can be assured of genuine brush heads.

      One of the pros and cons of Amazon, is other sellers can offer the same product.

      Depending on price and availability, this other seller can be shown as the default seller, above Amazon themselves.

      Some sellers sadly do offer counterfeit products. Whilst Amazon takes steps to try and avoid this, there are loopholes.

      Of course not all sellers are like this, but if they are sold by Amazon, you will get the genuine product.

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  6. Good day and a happy new year!
    Wanted to ask whether the Sensi Ultra-Thin brush heads are actually the same size as the brush heads for the Oral-B children electric tooth brushes.

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    • Marious,

      I can’t say I have physically checked all the brush heads against each other, but I do know the Sensi UltraThin brush head is the same size as the brush head supplied with the Oral-B Junior electric toothbrush.

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  7. A potentially very useful guide, let down by the fact that the Sensi Ultra Thin brushes are not fully explained. They’ve obviously been patched in after being introduced (in one place being Ultra Think ?) but most of the guide still describes Sensitive, which I’m not sure even exist now. They are not on display at our city centre Boots, at least. Can we just assume Sensitive Ultra Thin has same action and benefits as Sensitive? Is this guide being fully updated? Thanks.

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    • Hi Dave.

      Thanks for spotting our typo ‘Ultra-Think’ rather than ‘Ultra-Thin’ this will be amended.

      Sorry that you feel the guide is let down by the Sensi Ultra-Thin heads having not been properly explained. Sensitive heads do still exist, but they are being phased out with Sensi Ultra-Thin being the replacements to them. Availability will depend nationwide and from store to store.

      The new Ultra-Thin heads provide the same benefits, but the bristle formations are different. Oral-B have yet to offer a promotional video for the new heads like they have with the original Sensitive head.

      If I can help further let me know.

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      • Thanks Jon

        I’m impressed at your speed of response. For any Saturday of the year it would be impressive, but on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year it’s amazing.

        My wife’s teeth and gums have given her problems throughout her life so choice of brush head is very important to her. More information on the Sensi Ultra Thin would have therefore been very welcome as this is probably the brush that suits her best…. but it is difficult to confirm when it is omitted from most of the tables and videos! She will try the brush within the Pro 2 (2000s) we’ve just bought (I think our 5th Oral-B over many years) and check back here hoping for more information before buying additional heads.

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        • Hi Dave,

          I aim to reply as quickly as is possible.

          Sensitive brush heads are a great option and provide benefit whilst also being soft. If you click this link: http://amzn.to/2zTZM3l it will take you through to the Amazon listing page for the Sensi Ultra-Thin brush heads and has an ‘official’ Oral-B description. Hopefully that will address and concerns or queries you may have.

          If your wife has the Pro 2 2000s then that comes with the same head and she can experience it first hand. Hopefully its a pleasure to brush with.

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  8. I have a Vitality Sonic model, and it appears that the bar simply vibrates. Which head will work with this one? How do they work, mechanically?

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  9. I find brush heads too big. Dentist says I should look for a small sensitive head. Can u advise. Am new user having used sonicare with small brush for 10 years. Have bought pro 3000 but brush head giving me a sore jaw.

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    • Hi Barney. The brush heads from Oral-B come in only one size. They tend to be the smaller/smallest options from all the brands that still deliver good cleaning performance. Sadly I have no other suggestions as there are no alternatives that are smaller that I am aware of.

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    • Deirdre, Any of the heads should be fine, but you may wish to opt for the sensitive brush head to aid your sensitive gums.

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  10. Okay, Oral B brushes and replacement heads are of great quality but they are, undeniably, expensive. Cheap copies and “clones” are rubbish and potentially dangerous. I think, however I’ve discovered a midway course of action. Check on Amazon for a Chinese company called RRZ. They produce generic Oral B heads but openly point out that they are copies and not intended to be mistaken for originals or clones. They are of excellent quality, great fit and have coloured rings. They come beautifully packed and are well made and hygienic. They are not cheap but are competitively priced. A variety of 6 heads: Dual Clean, Sensitive, Precision Clean, Cross Action, 3D White and Floss Action are available for about £12 and 8 Dual Cleans for about £7 The company appears, through it’s produce and advertising, to be reliable, trustworthy and honourable. I’d have no hesitation in recommending them and hope that this post proves to be helpful You have produced a very informative and useful website, by the way. Thanks.

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  11. The thing I’m most interested in is whether the fitting of the head to the toothbrush is the same for all – and I mean ALL Oral B toothbrush handles. Seems impossible to find this in this otherwise comprehensive review.
    My handle, for example has a fitting which is best described as a ‘screwdriver type fitting’. i.e. similar to a slotted screwdriver. Is this more or less standard? could I buy different heads which would all fit – even if they were for different cleaning applications or purposes?
    I don’t want to have to buy different types of handle, all called — very confusingly – Oral B where which model they are is hard to find.

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    • Hi Norman.

      Thanks for the comments and the question. It is indeed very confusing and apologies if we have overlooked this in our article.

      In short the answer is yes, all brushes have the same rush head fitting and all brush heads should fit.

      There may well be some exceptions due to certain models being particularly old, but you can be pretty much assured that if you purchase the brush heads shown in this article they will work with your Oral-B brush.

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  12. We have two Braun toothbrushes in our household. The one I prefer takes brush heads which are oval in shape where it joins the handle, but most replacements seem to be round in shape. What do I need to ask for?

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    • Hi Geoff. Thanks for the comment. Are you able to send or link us to a picture. Not entirely sure what brush head you are referring to and/or what model of brush you have. Would it happen to be similar to the heads shown here?

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    • Howard. Thanks for the comment. That seeks rather odd. What electric toothbrush are you using and are the brush heads being used, official Oral-B TriZone heads?

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