I reviewed the Luna by Foreo awhile back and I really liked it. I'm actually still using it regularly. So when I had the chance to try out the Issa by Foreo, I readily accepted. The Issa is unique in that it is the world’s first electric toothbrush made completely out of silicone. Through the revolutionary combination of high-intensity pulsations with silicone bristles, it delivers complete oral care that removes plaque, prevents cavities, breaks up stains and cleans the gums in a uniquely gentle way that does not damage tooth enamel or cause gum recession.
The Facts: The Foreo Issa is uniquely modern and cool looking as far as electric toothbrushes go. It is constructed of non-porous and bacteria resistant silicone and is completely waterproof. It features an ergonomically designed handle and a 3D flexible brush head that adjusts between 8 speed pulsations to your preference. The Issa requires no charging dock and can be used about 365 times per charge. The silicone brush head only needs to be replaced once a year.
Usage: Per the instructions, the Issa should be used like a manual toothbrush with your regular toothpaste. You apply toothpaste, turn it on and adjust the intensity using the + and - buttons. You're advised to use wide, circular movements from the edges of the teeth to the gums on the inner, outer, biting and chewing surfaces, going back and forth horizontally. I'm currently a Sonicare electric toothbrush user and employ a quadrant method when brushing my teeth. My brush pulses every 30 seconds for a duration of 2 minutes and the Issa does the same thing. The sensation of the silicone bristles is definitely quite a different experience than the bristles of a traditional type toothbrush and can take a little getting used to since they just softly rub up against your teeth. The trick with the Issa is that you don't have to apply much pressure when using it because of the sonic action. The first few times I used it, I was left with a feeling like my teeth were clean yet unbrushed at the same time if that makes sense. Interestingly the instructions of the Issa directs that flossing be done after brushing which I was thought was a bit odd since my dentist has always told me to floss first.
The Good: The shape and weight of the ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold in my hand and the brush itself is quite nice looking especially in this mint color. The silicone bristles feel gentle especially along my gumline and it's much quieter than my Sonicare which is a positive since I'm not a fan of noise. The relative size of the brush is bigger than my usual brush head but I didn't really have a problem with that and the 3D function and length of the bristles made it fairly easy to get into every area of my mouth once I was able to get the hang of it. It's quick and simple to clean and stands upright by itself without the need of a stand. I also like the durability of the battery and only needing to charge the brush just once every 6 months is so convenient.
The Not So Good: Maybe it's because I just haven't gotten used to it but I'm never quite sure if my teeth are clean after using this toothbrush and it's due in large part to the overall gentleness of the brushing action in combination with the soft silicone bristles. I guess I just haven't fully gotten used to the idea of not feeling much friction along with the brushing action. You also definitely have to learn the best way to maneuver it around to brush all the areas inside your mouth and one thing it won't do is brush in between your teeth so if you missed something while flossing, this will not be a good backup in that regard. I guess that's why they advise flossing afterwards in their instructions. The Issa retails for $199 which is not exactly cheap but if you break it down by cost per use assuming usage of 2x a day for a year, it works out to 27 cents per use which isn't bad at all. You will have to spend $25 for a replacement brush head once a year but that's better than every 3 months.
The Verdict: While I mentioned that I'm not always sure if my teeth feel really clean, I will say that they always feel really smooth after using the Issa and I haven't seen any buildup since I've been testing if for almost 2 weeks. As someone who has dealt with gum sensitivity issues before, I definitely like the way it massages my gums as I'm brushing and for that reason I think I would continue using it but probably just not not every day. I can see this being good for people who have sensitive teeth and gums and those like my husband who is an aggressive brusher who has managed to wear away some of his enamel through brushing too hard. This would probably be difficult to do with the Issa.
Have you tried the Foreo Issa before? Do you use an electric toothbrush?
Disclosure: A complimentary product was provided through iFabbo for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.