How to Replace Philips Sonicare Brush Heads

Using an electric toothbrush than a manual one has become one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

As such, a lot of companies have been churning out hundreds upon hundreds, if not thousands of units and models out there, which each feature their own dental care gimmick.

And, right in the thick of this intense competition to corner the electric toothbrush market, one of the most successful and popular models of having become the Sonicare, which is an electric toothbrush manufactured by appliance company Philips.

As such, we will talk about everything you need to know when it comes to taking care of your Philips Sonicare unit.

After all, these things don’t come cheap, so it’s only right you make the most out of it.

Replacing The Philips Sonicare Brush Heads

The Philips Sonicare, especially if we’re talking about the Flexcare variant under this category, is a dental appliance that comes as a set when you purchase it.

As such, this package is composed of these components:

  • The Sonicare electric brush unit
  • Spare brush heads, whose number depend on what kind of package you bought
  • A rechargeable battery that uses lithium ion, so it’s pretty much similar to your laptop’s battery
  • A charger that can be switched between multiple voltages to ensure you can charge up anytime, anywhere.

Now, there are different Flexcare units out there, which of course all contain a Sonicare electric toothbrush; the difference is what features come with the kind of package you buy.

Specifically, you have two options to choose from.

  1. The Basic Package: this one comes with a single extra brush head for your Sonicare; a travel bag to keep it handy, and the Sonicare unit has 3 modes you can choose from when brushing your teeth.
  2. The Deluxe Package: this package, on the other hand, comes with two extra brush heads (one regular brush head and one Philips ProResults brush head); a sanitizer for your brush that uses UV light; brush head indicator rings; and a compact charger. As for its brushing modes, you can choose between quick clean or extensive brush settings.

Fixing The Issues With Your Sonicare

As much as the Philips Sonicare is a trusty, durable electric toothbrush, there may be instances when you’ll come upon issues that affect its performance. So, allow us to help you troubleshoot these problems.

1- It’s Not Vibrating

Electric toothbrushes work by having a motor produce power to make the brush head either spin or vibrate or both.

Now, what should you do if ever your brush head stops doing this?

Well, first of all, try checking your Sonicare’s brush head first to see if it properly inserted and aligned in the socket.

Most of the time, this is the reason behind this problem, and it’s a great thing there is an easy fix for this.

All you’ll have to do is realign the brush head by making sure its bristles are properly adjacent to the front of your Sonicare’s handle.

It’s easy to notice; it’s the one with the buttons.

Now that you’ve done that, just firmly press the brush head to lodge it into the socket.

You don’t have to be too delicate here since the Sonicare can handle the pressure you place on it.

Potentially another reason

A secondary reason could simply be that you’re low on battery, in which case you charge it for 24 hours.

Now, once you’ve checked both of these things and they don’t work, then it’s the best time to get in touch with Philips’ customer care hotline, which you could see on your Sonicare’s packaging.

2- Replacing Your Brush Head

To properly address this issue, you will first have to identify what kind of brush head your Philips Sonicare toothbrush uses, which is divided into two kinds: snap-on brush heads and screw-on brush heads.

Here’s a list of models that fall into either category:

Snap-on: Healthywhite, Sonicare for Kids, DiamondClean, FlexCare

Screw-on: Xtreme, EasyClean, Essence

So, the question is: what’s the difference between the two types of brush heads? And the answer to that simply all boils down to how you attach your brush heads to their respective handles.

Here’s How To Do It:


Simply take out the old brush head you’re using by holding it tightly and snapping it off the Sonicare’s handle. To make it easier for you, hold the brush by the bristles (don’t worry; you won’t be using them anymore) and pull until you hear it snap and it detaches. Then, simply get your new brush head and push it down the handle until you hear it snap again to ensure that it’s properly secured to the handle.


Screw-on brush heads require a little more work to replace, but we’re here to guide you throughout the whole process. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be all set for healthier teeth and gums with your Sonicare:

  1. First, you have to unscrew the old brush head. You do this by gripping the bottom part of your handle tight as you loosen your old brush head’s screw. Don’t worry, you can simply use your hands for this as a grip; there’s no need for a screwdriver.
  2. After that, the whole top part of your Sonicare should be separated from its handle. To give you an idea, you’ll have the handle on one hand and the brush head, its magnet, and the plastic cover on the other.
  3. Next, just grab your new brush head and make sure its aligned to the socket of the handle, and start screwing it back in until it is properly secured.

How To Replace Philips Sonicare Brush Heads


There you have it: everything you need to know to replace your Sonicare’s brush heads.

Now, if you are experiencing any issues with your unit that you can’t see here, you can go on ahead and contact Philips customer care anytime to get you properly sorted.

Til then, keep those pearly whites shining with your electric toothbrush.