Many different toothbrushes claim to be both effective and appropriate for sensitive teeth, with several well known companies including “sensitive gum” heads for different brushes. But whether these actually make a difference is often hotly debated. Consequently, it can be very difficult to decipher which toothbrushes really do live up to their hype.
This review is here to explore the different features of the Nimbus range, and decide whether these brushes are the right fit for you.
The founder of Nimbus was a periodontist who decided that brushes should be trauma-free. Because of this, the defining feature of the Nimbus brush are the unique, soft bristles which are staggered at different heights in order to provide an effective clean. Despite being a relatively small company, the Nimbus toothbrush has earned an impressive 4.8/5.0 stars from Amazon critics, making it a true competitor for larger oral hygiene brands.
Nimbus currently only sells 3 toothbrushes—the Regular, the Compact and the Nimby—which are all a variation of the same brush. The only difference is the brush head size—they feature the exact same Microfine bristles, as well as a similar colored handle.
Key features of the Nimbus toothbrush
1. Microfine Bristles
The defining feature of the Nimbus toothbrush is most certainly its unique bristles. The advanced technology boasts bristles which are layered at two different levels. The long, single-ended, tapered bristles are ideal for brushing in hard-to-reach places, while the short end-rounded bristles support and optimize plaque removal.
Combined, these layers of bristles reach into critical places around the teeth in order to provide an effective clean. Furthermore, despite being extra soft, they absorb less water and maintain their shape for longer than normal bristles, making them last longer than your standard toothbrush.
Why are these bristles so important?
The bristles of a manual toothbrush are the most important feature when it comes to plaque removal. Effective bristles will remove large amounts of plaque. If left unbrushed, plaque can build up and cause gingivitis, otherwise known as gum disease.
Weighing up the difference between soft and hard bristles is also important. If you have sensitive gums or suffer from gingivitis, you are likely to find that hard bristles irritate your gums and can even cause bleeding. However, the Microfine bristles found on a Nimbus toothbrush are soft in order to avoid causing any trauma to your teeth and gums (view prices).
2. Nimbus handle
All 3 toothbrushes by Nimbus have the same simple handle. This is both easy to control and comfortable to grip, which is why it works perfectly with all different sizes of toothbrush.
3. Small, compact head
While the sizes of the Nimbus brushes change according to which model you purchase, all three variants feature a small, compact head. While this may sound irrelevant, the size and shape of a toothbrush head is incredibly important as it ensures that the brush can reach all areas of the mouth comfortably. This allows every tooth to receive an adequate clean, and ensures that no areas of your mouth are missed.
Who is the Nimbus toothbrush suitable for?
The Nimbus toothbrush is suitable for people who:
- Have sensitive teeth and/or gums
- Are looking for a manual toothbrush which delivers on efficacy
- Would like a durable manual toothbrush
- Of different ages
- Are aggressive brushers
Nimbus customer support
Despite being a relatively small company, Nimbus offers good customer support if any issues arise. You can contact them via phone or by filling out an online form and waiting for a response.
Furthermore, all of their products are 100% guaranteed and can be returned within 30 days of receipt, subject to condition and Nimbus authorization.
Nimbus toothbrushes deliver on effectiveness while simultaneously providing a trauma-free way of brushing your teeth. For those who brush aggressively, the Nimbus toothbrush might just be your answer to those sore gums. Furthermore, the unique bristle technology and layout enables the critical areas of your teeth and mouth to get the deep clean that they need for good oral hygiene.
If you’re looking for a toothbrush which swears to “do no harm”, the Nimbus toothbrush may be a great option for you.
Frequently asked questions
Are the brushes BPA free?
Yes they are—there is no BPA which is listed in the manufacturer’s safety data sheet.
If I brush quite vigorously, will these toothbrushes wear out quicker than a standard brush because of the soft bristles?
No they shouldn’t. Customer experiences show that the brushes tend to last longer than regular brushes, and that the soft bristles simply make harsh brushing more bearable.
Can my child use a Nimbus toothbrush?
Nimbus sells 3 different sized toothbrushes, making them appropriate for all ages. Depending on the age of your child, you should consider the Compact or the Nimby.
Will the brushes make my gums bleed?
The soft bristles should not irritate your gums and cause them to bleed. However, if you are suffering from regular bleeding gums, you should consult your dentist.
Do the brushes come in different colors?
Yes, they do. The brush heads are all clear, but the handles come in varying colors. These include blue, green, yellow, pink and purple. One packet of 5 will feature an assortment of brush colors.
Do Nimbus make electric toothbrushes?
No they do not. Currently, Nimbus only make 3 variations of the same toothbrush. All of these are manual and feature the same Microfine bristles, arranged at 2 levels.
Are the brushes made in the US?
No, they are not—the toothbrushes are made in Thailand.
How long can I expect my Nimbus toothbrush to last?
Your Nimbus toothbrush is designed to last around 3-4 months. Even if your toothbrush seems to be in good condition by this time, you should be sure to change it 3-4 times a year. Due to the Microfine bristles, which are designed to both absorb less water and last longer than most other toothbrushes, you may find that your Nimbus brush needs changing less often than your previous one.