Having landed on this post, you may be in the process of researching a new electric toothbrush.
If that is the case, we recommend checking out our post that explains the best all-round choice for an electric toothbrush, which includes options from the Oral-B Pro range. It may well save you some money — we don’t just recommend the most expensive brushes as the best!
Otherwise, continue reading for our explanation of the Oral-B Pro range .
The Oral B Go Pro Advert
If you are in the UK, you may have seen on the TV or online, adverts from Oral-B.
Whilst the adverts can differ, they often talk about millions who have ‘gone pro with oral-b power’ or just ‘going pro’ in general.
One such example is as follows:
The adverts explain how by using an Oral-B power toothbrush you can have cleaner and healthier teeth, but there is little more information than that.
Here at Electric Teeth we have used and tested many electric toothbrushes and Oral B models are ones that are often seen and demanded by users due to the awareness of the brand. In fact the Oral-B brushes make up the majority of our electric toothbrush reviews.
We want to shed a little more light and explanation on the range that the 30 second TV advert does not.
What does going Pro actually mean?
Essentially, what it means is ditching the manual toothbrush for an electric toothbrush, made by Oral-B.
Their toothbrushes have a small round brush head that is clinically proven to be effective and superior than the competition.
Inspired by dentists, the brushes aim to deliver a professional like clean when you are at home, hence the ‘Pro’ name.
What Oral-B models are in the pro range?
All of Oral-B’s latest toothbrushes come with a small round ‘pro’ brush head, thus any in the range are essentially pro models, even if the name doesn’t imply it as such.
What you do have though is different features on each brush which makes can arguably make one brush better than another.
You don’t need the most expensive or feature rich, the basic model is adequate, but by opting for a lower mid range model like the Pro 2 2500, you are getting a good balance of features for the price.
The range of Oral-B brushes are as follows:
- Stages Power Kids
- Junior Smart
- Advance Power
- Vitality Plus
- Vitality 100
- Vitality 100 Plus
- Pro 600
- Pro 650
- Pro 670
- Pro 680
- Pro 2 2000
- Pro 2 2500
- Pro 3 3000
- Smart 4 4000
- Smart 4 4500
- Smart 4 4900
- Smart 5 5000
- Smart 5 5950
- Smart 6 6000
- Smart 6 6200
- Genius 8000
- Genius 8900
- Genius 9000
- Genius 9000
- Genius X
The benefits of going Pro/switching to an electric toothbrush
- Up to 100% more plaque removal
- Laboratory tests confirm that electric toothbrushes can remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Helped by the power and consistent brush stroke the head of the brush sweeps along the gumline, across the teeth and in between to sweep away harmful plaque.
- A consistent power delivery
- An electric toothbrush will provide a consistent level of power compared to a manual brush operated by a human.
- A consistent brush stroke
- An electric toothbrush will continue to provide the same brush stroke time after time after time whereas a manually operated brush cannot offer this.
- Healthier, whiter smile
- When brushing twice a day with an electric toothbrush you can be assured of a better clean which in turn can reduce staining to teeth and offer a whiter smile. The consistent clean and better removal of plaque reduces the amount of possible harmful bacteria in the body and helps keep you healthy.
- Using an electric toothbrush allows you to benefit from different cleaning modes, different brush heads and even the ability to share with other family members, you do not all need a different brush, just different brush heads.
The drawbacks of going Pro/switching to an electric toothbrush
- You need the right brushing technique
- Switching to an electric toothbrush will provide some benefits irrespective of your brushing style but making sure you have the right technique is just as important and will have just as much effect on the effectiveness of the clean. We have a detailed guide here on the correct technique.
- The cost
- There is no getting away from the fact that even the cheapest electric toothbrush is about 5-10 times the price of a manual toothbrush. There is then the ongoing cost of replacing heads and the power needed. However, can you put a price on cleaner, whiter teeth and a healthier smile? A pro series brush can cost as little as 5p per day.
- Which brush to choose
- There is a massive selection but it is not as confusing as it first appears. We make it easy for you to understand the difference below.
A word about TriZone
Oral-B have offered two different series of electric toothbrushes. They were the Pro and TriZone series.
The difference is the brush head that comes supplied.
The Pro series has an oscillating rotating and pulsating movement compared to the sweeping motion of the TriZone.
In the animations below you can see the different motions of the brush heads.
Oscillating Rotating --
The TriZone range of brushes has been phased out. You won’t generally see new electric toothbrushes from Oral-B labelled TriZone, although the brush head style remains and still can be purchased. This brush head is rarely ever included in the box with any toothbrushes today.
The preference is for the small round ‘pro’ brush heads.
There are a variety of interchangeable brush head styles available for Oral-B brush handles.
Our guide to Oral-B brush heads explains them all in more detail, but a key thing to note is that a TriZone brush head works on a Pro series brush handle and a Pro series brush head works on a TriZone series brush handle.
Ultimately the TriZone and Pro series brush handles are the same in size, weight and battery performance, the difference is the colour and the cleaning modes.
Ultimately either the Pro or TriZone will offer a better clean with more plaque removal when compared to a manual brush.
The Pro bursh heads
Any powerbrush from Oral-B’s Pro series offers you the ability to change which brush head comes supplied.
Different models will come with different brush heads included. Some have one, some have multiple heads.
You can purchase and use:
- Cross Action -- Perfectly angled bristles are designed to lift and remove up to 100% more plaque along the gumline.
- Floss Action -- Features Micropulse bristles that penetrate deep between teeth to sweep away plaque.
- 3D White -- Designed to gently remove stains with a dentist inspired rubber polishing cup
- Precision Clean -- Removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush and promotes clean mouth and healthy gums.
- Sensitive/Sensi UltraThin -- Provides a gentle brushing experience that is ideal for sensitive teeth and gums.
- TriZone -- Features innovative triple action,deep cleaning bristles, with a different cleaning method as explained earlier,
There is one additional brush head that is not so well promoted and not counted within the 6 and that is:
- Ortho -- Specially designed to clean around orthodontic work. Ideal for the cleaning and care of dental braces.
You could use one or a multiple to work in line with the different cleaning modes. What you chose will be based on your preferences.
Which brush is shown in the advert?
The brush shown in the advert is the Oral-B Genius 9000. This is a top of the line, premium brush which offers multiple cleaning modes, 1w days of battery life, a travel case, Bluetooth connectivity to work with a smartphone app and more.
Which Pro brush should I choose?
Which brush you chose will be affected by your needs, desires and the price you can afford to pay.
Always select the brush best suited to your needs.
For most people, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is a perfectly capable brush. It offers 2 cleaning modes, 2 weeks of battery life, a pressure sensor and travel case.
Oral-B comparison chart -- what are the differences between the models?
I have created the following comparison chart to show the differences between the Oral-B Pro toothbrush range. Whilst it does not include every Oral-B Pro toothbrush, it highlights ultimately how the main models differ.
The differences between the brushes are not as complicated as it may seem and is ultimately the cleaning modes offered and the box contents. The more you get the higher the price.
In between this range are a few additional models, most notably the Pro 650 and Pro 2 2500 which are technically the same as the Pro 600, and 2000 but have a black rubber grip on the front and often offer something extra in the box. Refer to our hands on for each brush to clarify.
For more comprehensive comparisons between the brushes, head to our Oral-B comparisons page here which has written comparisons or check out our YouTube Channel page here which has an increasing number of hands on comparison videos.
Which is the cheapest Pro brush?
The cheapest Pro brush is the Pro 600. This is a no nonsense simple electric toothbrush with 1 cleaning mode and 7 day battery life.
Simple, effective and cheap we gave it a 5/5 rating in our review here.
It can cost as little as 5p per day to run.
What is the most expensive Pro brush?
Although not labelled Pro, it uses the same technology and is considered part of the pro lineup, the Genius 9000 is currently the most expensive brush.
This has all the bells and whistles you could want of an electric toothbrush, including many features some would find unnecessary, such as Bluetooth connectivity.
Do not pay the full RRP for a brush
If you are not familiar with the electric toothbrush market, the products tend to have a recommended retail price which is well above what they are really worth and what in reality the average price of them is.
Some retailers will sell at the full price and from time to time offer lower prices through promotions.
Generally speaking, depending on the time of year and the brush in question you should be able to get anywhere from 20-50% off the RRP. The largest discounts are usually on the the more expensive brushes.
However, the important thing to do is shop around.
We typically recommend Amazon as they are always very competitive on price and offer swift delivery as well as carrying the majority of the Oral-B range.
You can buy from Amazon here.
Other great outlets, typically selling lower than RRP include Superdrug and Boots, however you may find other outlets on your high street or online that are just as competitive.
What is in the box with the Pro brushes?
The box contents of each brush will vary and is ultimately affected by price. The more you pay, the more you get.
We have had hands on with many of the electric toothbrushes from Oral-B and you can see below one of our unboxing videos, for the Pro 3000, below. You can see more unboxing videos on our YouTube channel, plus a list of the items that come with each toothbrush.
FAQ’s about Pro brushes
- What is daily clean mode?
- This is the comprehensive everyday cleaning mode that works with the provided CrossAction brush head to effectively clean the teeth using the Oral-B 3D oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology to clean the teeth and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush. Check out our post on Oral-B cleaning modes to learn more.
- What is gum care mode?
- Using a lower speed and power output through the brush head in conjunction with the provided Cross Action to clean the teeth and massage gums, stimulating blood flow and assisting in reducing sensitivity in the gums when brushing. Check out our post on Oral-B cleaning modes to learn more.
- What is sensitive mode?
- A gentle yet thorough cleaning mode that combined with the sensitive brush head works to remove bacteria and plaque from sensitive areas of the mouth. Check out our post on Oral-B cleaning modes to learn more.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush head that is supplied with each Pro series brush differs, although CrossAction is the most popular. You can change the head with any others on offer from Oral-B. There are many that work with the brush handle. There are 6 main brush head options that include Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Sensitive, Precision Clean and TriZone. Further information is available here.
- Is there a pressure sensor?
- Yes, the vast majority of models have a pressure sensor. Our dedicated pressure sensor post gives the most up to date list.
- Which models have Bluetooth?
- The Oral-B Smart 4 4000, 5 5000, 6 6000, Genius 8000 and Genius 9000 all have Bluetooth.
- How long is the warranty?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer any Pro series will come with a 2 year warranty which can be extended by a further year to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website.
- Does the Pro series have a built in timer?
- Yes. Often referred to as the quadpacer; subject to the cleaning mode the brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes. The timer will active at 30 second intervals, with a different sound at the end of the 2 minutes.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery life depends on the model you opt for. It can be between 7 and 16 days on average.
- Do they come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with all electric toothbrushes.
- The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
- The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 220-240 volts. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe. If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket.
- Can the charger be fixed to a wall?
- The charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro series toothbrush in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro series is waterproof so if you choose you can use it in the shower.
We hope this has cleared things up a little and perhaps removed some confusion.
You may well have more questions that need answering. If you do, feel free to leave a comment below and we will answer them for you.