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Two months ago I went to the dentist. I thought everything was all hunky-dory until my dentist told me I had moderate inflammation in my gums due to a bacterial infection.
Bam. $500 worth of cleaning appointments.
Of course the issue was flossing (it’s always flossing, isn’t it?). Every time I’ve been to the dentist they’ve encouraged me to floss more, but over the years I’ve come up with a basic list as to why I truly despise flossing:
- It takes forever
- I get to cut into my teeth with essentially chicken wire
- It takes forever
- My gums always end up bleeding
- It takes forever
- I always forget
Yea, I’m lazy but seriously, flossing is the worst. I decided to journey out into the world and find the solution to my list of flossing issues. It’s 2016, there’s got to be something better than shoving strings into our teeth twice a day, right?
Yes, there is. It’s called the WaterPik Ultra Water Flosser and it’s awesome.
How I managed to not come across the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser is mind boggling honestly, but the past is the past. Looking forward, I can honestly say that I won’t have to worry about flossing again for the rest of my life. The Waterpik Ultra is a complete game changer when it comes to dental hygiene.
What Is This Thing?
Upon first inspection the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser looks like a space age coffee maker with a magic wand attached to it.
That’s cool, but it looks a bit strange to say the least.
That’s fine though – don’t judge a book by its cover, right? The basic idea behind this spiffy water flosser is that it shoots water from the tip of the jet towards your teeth. This high-velocity water will push away all of the gunk, junk and grime from the crevices between your teeth and below the gum line.
It does this 50% more effectively than regular flossing (clinically tested, by the way) and only takes about a minute each session. Part of the reason it’s so effective is how deep the water from the jet can reach. Plaque can embed itself between 2-5mm below the gum line. Regular flossing only gets down to 3mm below the gum line.
This means that even if you floss regularly you could still be missing sizeable deposits of plaque.
The Waterpik Ultra, however, has the ability to reach up to 6mm beneath the gum line meaning it’s super effective at getting all of the crap out of your teeth.
Beyond that, this is the perfect solution for anyone who has any additional medical hardware in their mouth. Veneers, bridges, crowns and braces are all a massive pain in the rear-end to floss around. The Waterpik provides an irritation-free solution for keeping any of those clean.
The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser comes with a variety of features that boil down into one thing: flexibility. The Waterpik Ultra will adjust to cleaning your teeth the way you want it to and that’s huge. Below are some of the adjustable options it comes with:
- Six Jet Tips: The Waterpik Ultra comes with six jet tip options, five of which are unique. The included jet tips are:
- 2x Classic Jet Tip
- 1x Orthodontic Tip
- 1x Plaque Seeker Tip
- 1x Pik Pocket Tip
- 1x Water Flosser Toothbrush Tip
These allow you to experiment around and adjust the way in which the water exits the jet to what works best for you.
- ” The Waterpik Ultra will adjust to cleaning your teeth the way you want it to.”
Ten Pressure Settings: The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser has ten different water pressure settings, ranging from 10 PSI on the low end to 90 PSI on the high end. Cranking your jet up to setting 10 will result in a pretty extreme jet of water. This may be a bit too much for some users but nonetheless you can change it ad hoc to whatever works best.
- Water Delusion: There are a number of options on what you can fill the 650 mL reservoir with. The standard option would involve simply filling the tank up with regular tap water and shooting that at your teeth. You can also add a dose of mouthwash or bleach for added cleaning power. We suggest diluting the water by no more than 10% to start out with and then make minor modifications from there.
What’s The Catch
While we loved using the Waterpik Ultra, there were a few things we found that could be improved. First is that there’s no way around having this sit on your countertop. It has a base of about 4.5” by 5.5” and extends 8” upwards (about the size of a small coffee maker). The hose is about two feet long and the extension cord is longer, so you’ve got some flexibility as to where you place it. Even still, if you’ve got a cramped countertop it’s about to get just a bit busier.
The first thing you’ll notice once you start using the Ultra is the noise. It’s certainly quieter than older models but it’s still very obviously audible. This wasn’t a big issue, but if you’re living with/around someone else you might have to tweak your flossing schedule a bit.
We loved the idea of additional storage but the storage flap on top wasn’t really cutting it. It ended up being pretty unreliable and opening up when we were trying to fill the water reservoir with water. Also, it only has enough space for four replacement heads so the fifth replacement head that comes with the Ultra will need it’s only place in a drawer or cabinet.
We also loved the idea of cleaning our tongue with the Ultra. Instead of shoving toothbrushes down the back of our throat to get everything clean we could just splash some water back there! Unfortunately we felt that the Waterpik Ultra worked better as a drowning simulator than a tongue cleaner.
Seriously, don’t clean your tongue with this thing unless you’re looking for a high pressure drink.
Finally, if you’re a customer outside of North America you’ll need a converter in order to use this water flosser. The Waterpik Ultra is designed for a 110v outlet so anyone with 220v won’t be able to use it by itself.
If you’re looking to pick up the Waterpik Ultra, we’ve got a few pro tips for make sure you get the best out of your water flossing experience.
Make sure you regularly check for any mold or blockages in your Waterpik. The device itself should last well past the three year warranty, but the better you clean her the longer she’ll last. Also, don’t keep the reservoir filled after you’re done using it. Simply pour the water down the drain and fill it back up next time you’re ready to floss. Finally, make sure that the hose doesn’t get kinked up at all.
Use the Sink
Generally you won’t have any major issues with water getting everywhere. Realistically though, there’ll be a tad bit of splashing and water-flinging no matter how skilled are careful you are. Make sure to use the Waterpik Ultra over the sink and you won’t have any problems having to clean up any major messes.
If there are any interruptions make sure to use the pause button on the jet handle! It’ll stop the flow of water immediately so you can attend to whatever you need.
If you’ve got sensitive teeth like me make sure to fill your water reservoir up with warm water. This will make sure your water flossing experience isn’t pure agony!
Three Year Warranty
If by chance something does go wrong with your Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, you’re covered for three years. We’ve been seriously impressed with the customer service at Waterpik so if you’ve got any issues don’t hesitate to call them using these numbers.
Fun for The Whole Family
One of the cool things about the Ultra is that multiple people can use it. Just make sure that you’ve got separate tips for everyone or else you’ll be flying through those suckers like crazy!
The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser is ranked #1 by dental professionals as an alternative to flossing and that’s a big deal. We truly believe that this is a more elegant solution to keeping your teeth clean and healthy than traditional floss and it doesn’t break the bank either. There were a few issues with the sound and storage options but otherwise this is an excellent product for oral health. Also, Waterpik guarantees a healthier mouth within 14 days so if you’ve got any issues make sure to contact their customer support for help or a refund!