The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush being used.

Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige: How I Improved My Tooth Brushing Technique

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige electric toothbrush has transformed the way I brush my teeth. And it’s undoubtedly for the better.

For years, I’d been using a raggedy old electric toothbrush, thinking I knew what I was doing. Turns out I had no idea. I’d been brushing too hard. Applying too much pressure. And, honestly, not giving any consideration to where the brush was going in my mouth.

Fortunately, that all changed when Harvey Norman gave me this powerful electric toothbrush from Philips.

To see what I mean, read on for my Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige review and discover what makes this toothbrush a habit-changer.

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush on bench.

What is the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige?

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige is the most technologically advanced toothbrush from Philips yet.

Released in the second half of 2021, it comes as the next model in Philips’ exceptional Sonicare electric toothbrush series.

What really takes the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush to the next level is the combination of two key factors. SenseIQ technology. And the Philips Sonicare App.

What is SenseIQ technology?

SenseIQ is an innovative technology that monitors how you brush your teeth.

Embedded in the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush, SenseIQ technology is made up of a variety of features and sensors that are constantly analysing what is happening (up to 100 times per second!).

This includes:

• A pressure sensor, which alerts you when you’re brushing too hard. Plus, adaptive intensity levels which adjust the intensity when too much pressure is applied.

• A position sensor, which tracks where you’ve brushed in your mouth. Plus, a 3D mouth map which highlights areas you’ve missed when brushing.

• A scrubbing sensor, which helps you reduce the amount of scrubbing you do on your teeth.

• Artificial Intelligence, which detects when you’re brushing and syncs it with the Philips Sonicare App.

A man brushing his teeth with the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush.

What is the Philips Sonicare App?

The Philips Sonicare App is available for iOS and Android phones.

Launch screen of the Philips Sonicare App.

Syncing with your 9900 Prestige toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare App lets you take full advantage of real-time data from the brush’s SenseIQ technology. This includes the ability to see how much pressure you’re applying as you brush, as well as time spent brushing. Plus, you’re able to view where you’ve brushed in your mouth (and how long you’ve spent in each section).

With this information, you’re able to adjust your brushing habits to ensure your whole mouth gets an efficient clean.

The Philips Sonicare App also provides further tips and tricks, personalised feedback, and actionable recommendations for better brushing.

With progress reports constantly updated by day, week, month and year, you’re able to look back and see how your brushing has improved over time with the Philiips Sonicare 9900 Prestige. This data is continuously updated. Even if you brush without the app on, the data is stored offline and updated when you sync.

You can also use the Philips Sonicare App to update the 9900 Prestige’s settings. Two such settings include the intensity level of the brush (low, medium or high) and the ability to select from five cleaning modes.

Selecting one of five Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige cleaning modes on the Philips Sonicare App.

How does the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige help with plaque removal?

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige electric toothbrush comes with a Premium All-in-One brush head. Thanks to specially angled bristles, this brush head removes up 20x plaque compared to a manual toothbrush.

How does the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige help with whitening?

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige electric toothbrush’s Premium All-in-One brush is also an effective teeth whitening tool. Designed with special triangular tips, it can result in up to 100% stain reduction.*

A man smiling after using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush.

What other features does the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige come with?

On top of the handle and Premium All-in-One brush, the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush also comes with:

• A tongue care brush.

• A premium base charger.

• A USB travel case, that also allows for charging.

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Toothbrush, USB Case and Charger.

My Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Review

Opening the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige box, I was immediately struck by how stylish everything looked. And I’m not just talking about the brush. Yes, it’s certainly the best-looking toothbrush I’ve ever had, but the USB travel case also features a striking design.

Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush and its USB Charging Case.

After testing out the charging functionality of the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige – which turned out to be really-straight forward – I then downloaded the Philips Sonicare App.

Connecting the USB travel case to the computer to charging a Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush.
You can charge the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige with the included charger or while it’s in the USB travel case.

 

Setting up the Philips Sonicare App was, again, a very simple process.

A Philips Sonicare App screenshot showing the Sonicare 9900 Prestige has been synced.

With the app and Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige synced up, I started brushing. The All-in-One brush itself felt amazing and powerful on my teeth. But, at that moment, I also found out I wasn’t as good of a brusher as I’d led myself (and my friends, family, and casual acquaintances) to believe.

Our Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige reviewer using the toothbrush.

Firstly, I was alerted that I was applying too much pressure.

A notification on the Philips Sonicare App stating to 'reduce pressure' while using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush.

Wait, what?! I’d always believed the harder I brushed, the cleaner my teeth would be. Turns out that brushing too hard can damage protective enamel and irritate gums.

Not only did I receive an alert, but the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige automatically adjusted the brush’s intensity level down a notch.

“The Philips Sonicare App shows you which areas to focus on”

Using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, another thing I quickly realised was that I’ve never had a plan when brushing my teeth. In the past, I had always just put the brush in my mouth and moved it around indiscriminately.

The Philips Sonicare App shows you which areas to focus on as you brush. By following the map, you’ll get effective coverage across your whole set of teeth. Because I’d previously been so used to mindlessly moving the brush around, I found that I really had to force myself to stay in the section I was meant to.

Two screenshots from the Philips Sonicare App showing a live tracking feature. This feature shows you in real-time where you're brushing with your Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush.

While tough for me at first, this was obviously a far superior way of brushing. And, a couple days later, when I didn’t have the app next to me, I instinctively found myself focusing on each section with a sense of purpose.

What’s also good, is that alerts are again provided when you move around too much, helping you avoid damaging your teeth through too much scrubbing.

“Using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, my brushing habits were becoming far more refined”

Screen shot of the Philips Sonicare App showing average brushing coverage in seconds.
After a couple days, the Philips Sonicare App showed that my average coverage in seconds was getting better – although I still had room for improvement.

 

Over those first few sessions using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, I also came to really enjoy many of the other features of the Sonicare App.

There were some great teeth brushing tips and tricks, that further helped me understand things I had no idea about (although arguably should have).

There’s also a reminder about when you should replace your brush head – based on how many sessions you’ve used it for. That’s perfect for someone like me, who usually keeps brush heads until they’re beyond worn down.

Plus, just being able to look back at past brushing analytics is very handy for keeping tabs of how your brushing technique is developing. And what it showed me was that throughout my time using the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, my brushing habits were becoming far more refined.

Where to buy the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige Power Toothbrush in Australia

Ready to improve your teeth brushing technique?

You can shop the oh-so-powerful Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige toothbrush in Australia online and at your local Harvey Norman store.

Remember, if you have any questions, simply speak to Harvey Norman’s friendly staff. They’ve got a wealth of expert advice to share and are happy to help with all your teeth brushing queries.

 

*In a lab test versus a manual toothbrush.