Oral-B iO Series 9 Smart Toothbrush

With seven smart modes and an elegant, minimalist magnetic base to call home, Oral-B’s iO Series 9 smart toothbrush is both a statement piece in your living space and an intelligent dental hygiene essential.

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It offers 3D teeth tracking with built-in AI technology to monitor your brushing. The smart pressure sensor turns red when you brush too hard and green when you’ve hit the correct pressure, in order to help protect your gums.

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The magnetic charger delivers a full charge in three hours.

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[What’s in the box]

We received the toothbrush in Onyx black, but it also comes in pink and white.

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Oral-B offers a variety of different iO brush heads that can be used for tooth-by-tooth precision cleaning.

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As with all smart appliances, the iO 9 offers the most functionality when used with your phone.

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Once charged, I paired the iO 9 with my iPhone 12 (Oral-B’s app is available for both Apple and Android devices). The app walks you through set-up and will also update software if necessary.

At this point, the app asks you to start brushing your teeth in order to gain a sense of your brushing pattern, to help guide you and build a brushing history in the app over time.

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[L to R: Current time into brushing; pressure sensor colours, Tongue Clean removed from list]

The seven mode options at your disposal are Daily Clean, Sensitive, Super Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Intense Clean and Tongue Clean.

Oral-B also advises keeping your smart phone within five meters (16 feet) when in use, in order to record your brushing sessions.

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You’ll see a real time graphic of where you’re brushing as you make your way around the mouth. The app also counts down the time with a recommended two minutes in total.

In comparison to my older Phillips Sonicare toothbrush, I noticed the lack of a beep every 30 seconds, which for me was a good cue to move on to another quadrant of the mouth.

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Oral-B’s iO brushes give a vibration prompt which I don’t always feel as I brush. There’s no other options within the app to set another type of signal: it’s either vibrate on or off. I wish that Oral-B would offer the 30-second beep option.

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You can also change the brush time from the standard two minutes if desired, as well as change the colour of your brush’s smart pressure sensor, delete any of the cleaning modes or move their order up or down in the list.

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A daily smile indicates a job well done! And to promote better brushing, there’s a series of fun medals to be won for your brushing prowess, including Midnight Brusher, Kissable, Captain Gum Guard and Power User.

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The included travel case fits the brush head and a detachable brush, and charges via its own dedicated side port and power supply.

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This brush is easy to handle, gives you a thorough cleaning, contains a minimal profile and helps keep a solid record of your brushing habits for improvement. The summary shows where you can improve or spots you may have missed!

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The iO Series 9 retails for CAD $399.99/USD $349.99 but is currently available at select stores across North America and the US for $299.99. Visit Oral-B online for more information and where to buy.

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