About Spark Whitening

Spark Whitening is an at-home teeth whitening system that’s claimed to feature 100% pure, safe ingredients, including 22% carbamide peroxide and xylitol, while being 85% less expensive than in-office whitening treatments.

In order to help you “get sparkling white teeth,” Speak Whitening is claimed to work over the following steps:

Customize the included mouth tray using hot water, which will help ensure the bleaching solution covers all of your teeth evenly, while preventing it from coming into contact with your gums. According to the manufacturer, this can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes.

Next, you’ll use Spark Whitening’s syringes to add bleaching solution to the trays.

Finally, you’ll place the trays in your mouth, which causes the bleaching solution to oxidize away surface stains caught in the “pores” of your teeth.

Sure, Spark Whitening might be easy to use, but will it really help your teeth become whiter? Will it provide a solid return on investment? Consider the following:

The Flood of Online, At-Home Teeth Whitening Systems

First and foremost, it’s important to mention that online-only, at-home teeth whitening systems like Spark Whitening have become increasingly popular over the past year or so, including Whitening Coach, Action Pro White, Smile Pro Direct, and more.

Despite appearances otherwise though, all of these products seem to be manufactured by the same company based out of Henderson, NV (more about this later), with similar website designs and nearly identical packaging images.

Despite their recent marketplace appearance, Spark Whitening’s manufacturer claims, “With over 30 years of experience, our scientific researchers have gained a reputation as the worldwide leader in providing effective teeth whitening products,” which, by all indications, almost certainly isn’t the case.

What is 22% Carbamide Peroxide & Xylitol?

According to Wikipedia: “Hydrogen peroxide - urea is a solid composed of equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and urea. This compound is a white crystalline solid, which dissolves in water to give free hydrogen peroxide. Often called carbamide peroxide in the dental applications, it is used as a source of hydrogen peroxide for bleaching, disinfection, and oxidation.”

In essence, because carbamide peroxide must first be broken down in order to be effective, it’s generally considered to be a less potent version of standard peroxide. As such, “A bleaching product containing 10 percent carbamide peroxide yields approximately 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.”

On the other hand, xylitol is simply “a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener” that tastes sweet, but doesn’t promote cavities like traditional sugar sweeteners. In other words, xylitol will help Speak Whitening’s bleaching solution taste better, but it won’t provide any whitening benefits.

Is Spark Whitening as Effective as an In-Office Treatment?

According to the product’s website, “Whether you choose to whiten your teeth with an at-home treatment, like Spark Whitening, or at your dentist the science behind it is essentially the same. In fact, really the only difference is that you will pay over 85% more when you choose to whiten your teeth at a dentist.”

However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Why? Because as we outlined in our How to Choose an At-Home Teeth Whitening System that Works article, while dentists may use a peroxide-based bleaching agent to whiten your teeth, they’ll generally use higher concentrations that provide faster results.

On top of this, the fully customized mouth trays fitted and formed by your dentist might provide better coverage, and the thicker peroxide gels they use are more controllable, leading to less tooth sensitivity.

Granted, your dentist will charge a much higher price for an in-office whitening visit, so you’ll need to carefully weigh the pros and cons.

What Kinds of Stains Does Spark Whitening Address?

Regardless of whether you visit your dentist or choose an at-home system like Spark Whitening, keep in mind that traditional whitening gels are only intended to remove surface stains (e.g. those located on the enamel), and not stains present in deeper tooth layers, such as the dentin or pulp.

Spark Whitening Side Effects

Most customers who use Spark Whitening will experience little-to-no side effects, although for those who do, the most commonly reported is tooth sensitivity, which should subside soon after the whitening gel is rinsed away. This can be minimized by using a toothpaste specially formulated for tooth sensitivity while you’re undergoing treatment.

Similar Products to Spark Whitening

Also, keep in mind that there are hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of at-home whitening products you can choose from, most of which will be less expensive than Spark Whitening. In fact, these types of products are so popular that you’ll almost certainly be able to find a similar option locally, and at up to 75% less expensive than Spark Whitening.

Spark Whitening’s Arbitration Agreement

Finally, remember that by placing an order through the Spark Whitening website, you’ll be automatically bound to an arbitration agreement. If you experience any damages, this means you won’t be able to become part of a trial by jury or a class action lawsuit, among other restrictions.

Customers Don’t Seem Happy with Spark Whitening

There were several online complaints for Spark Whitening at the time of our research, including MoneySavingsExpert.com, ReviewsTalk.com, RipoffReport, ScamBook, and more, all of which referenced problems with the “free trial” (more about this next).

Spark Whitening, based out of Henderson, NV, also had an F rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 23 closed complaints (as of 7/1/15), all of which also referenced problems with the trial.

Spark Whitening Pricing & Refund Policy

At the time of our research, the only product available on the Spark Whitening website was a 1-month supply of the system, which includes 2 mouth trays, 2 syringes of bleaching solution, and a shade chart, for $129.99 plus $10.91 S&H.

However, there was a free trial and autoship program enrollment (called the Constant Dazzler Club) noted in Spark Whitening’s Terms & Conditions. If you enrolled, this means you’d continue receiving a 30-day supply of Spark Whitening once every 30 days, and your credit card would be charged $129.99 plus $10.91 S&H each time.

Although this option wasn’t available when we attempted to check out, in general, we recommend avoiding any products sold only through a free trial and subsequent autoship program.

Spark Whitening comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, although this only applies to “product [that] is unopened with its seal intact and in good, marketable condition without package blemishes.” If this isn’t the case, you’ll be assessed a $19.60 destruction/repackaging fee.

In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Spark Whitening’s customer service at 866-711-2831.

Can Spark Whitening Give You a Whiter Smile?

Chopping to the point: In short, because Spark Whitening’s primary ingredient has been used for so long, it’s likely. However, you can realistically only expect 1-2 shades of whitening, although this can be improved with continued, regular use.

Despite this, solely because of Spark Whitening’s ultra-high price and the manufacturer’s relatively poor online customer reputation, we might recommend exploring local, less expensive options before placing your order.

SEE ALSO: How to Choose an At-Home Teeth Whitening System That Works

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6 Customer Reviews for Spark Whitening

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Professional Scam Artist

    • Newark, New Jersey,
    • Oct 7, 2016

    I highly recommend that all consumers stay clear of this business along with any products advertised. I rarely make online purchases without conducting a minimum amount of research. Going to blogs are for the most part, not relevant research tools, especially when connected to those with a vested interest. Locating independent blogs that incorporate a platform for authentic evaluations along with consumer protection in its core can be a challenge.

    Like many others, I made the error of purchasing the Spark Whitening product for my wife. The process was quite simple; having completed an order form at their site that stated, just pay $1.03 plus $3.87 S & P. This order was for their 10 day trial period; however just 5 days later my account was billed for $94.31.

    Immediately, I called to inquire about the additional charge prior to the 10 day trail period. It was my flawed thinking that one should at least receive the product first before any trail period was to began. Furthermore, it was my lack of insight relating to this business model that led me to believe that bringing this matter to their attention would render an amicable resolution.

    After informing them that I was not in receipt of their product and no longer wanted to complete the purchase, I was instructed to return the product upon receipt and fax a confirmation of the returned item. I did receive the sample as well as an email confirming the cancellation of any additional orders that same day.

    It has been 2 weeks since this ordeal began and today I decided to call Spark Whitening to check the status of the refund. I already know what most of you are guessing; but no, the refund was not in the mail. I am just as surprised as you are (sic). After explaining to a customer service rep that the order was cancelled, and never delivered and thus I was not required to fax anything to them. The rep informed me that I was being held liable for this infraction of not following instructions and forfeited all but $14 of the amount tendered. After a moment of silence, which was to try to understand their logic I informed the rep that this matter would certainly be reported to BBB as well as the fraud department at my bank. Please do not do business with this company. If you insist on purchasing this product, then do so from a reputable entity.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    I think this is a scam

    I sent for the FREE sample. I understood that I had to pay shipping ($4.00). I received the FREE sample and they also sent me the complete program and charged my account $94.31. I called and canceled this so called membership. I was assured that my membership was cancelled with an email and confirmation number. My $94.31 was not refunded. When I called they told me that I can get a 60% refund or a 75% if I returned the product. I asked to speak to a supervisor and was told all the supervisors were in a meeting for an hour. I am planning to call them back. But for now I only get $54.00 back. I haven't even tried to use the product yet and I don't intend to so that I can return it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    It's a total scam, but I beat it

    I ordered the free trial sample, then canceled my order before the eight day trial period, and they still charged my account. When I called to discuss it, they told me that my order wasn't canceled in time, that I was mistaken, refused to refund my money, and hung up on me numerous times. I was so mad and frustrated that what should have been a simple phone call, turned out to be a shouting match, with me stating that I was going to call my lawyer, report them to the BBB, and that I was sending the police to their establishment. After researching their location and getting set to voicemail at the BBB, I realized that what I promised could not be delivered in a quick enough timeframe. So I called my bank, canceled my card, filed a claim, and got all my money back! Haha, who's mistaken now?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Mar 9, 2016

      Lola Burnett

      This is a scam. And the sample is not free. Do not order the sample or trial order. The above same thing happened to us.

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Scam, watch out

    The actual product is acceptable, but the manner in which Spark Whitening goes about collecting money is nothing short of outrageous! They sent me a sample and then told me that I had to already received my sample, which is not true. They charged me $99 for what I did receive, which should actually have been my sample. They could never get their story together so I canceled my subscription, which is too bad because the product is actually pretty good.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Spark Whitening - do not order from this company.

    I have gotten a 35% carbamide from a dentist and I can tell the difference in 1 application.I have used this several times and seen not one bit of difference. They also send you a trial and then before a week is up, they send you another one for almost $90. I got the one from my dentist for $99 for a years supply. My dentist retired so I thought I would try this out. It didn't work. This company would not accept a return and proceeded to send out an additional set of pens and I got stuck with it. My credit card company tried to reach a resolution with this company but they have an iron clad fine print with no returns whatsoever. I just don't want anyone else to get suckered into this deal.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Beware of the free offer. It's only a free 10 days, then you pay.

    • Los Angeles Ca,
    • Dec 20, 2015

    First of, all I received was a paste gel and no tray piece to apply my gel into. Second, the whitening kit free trial has an element of scam. It's only free for 10 days and not really free. Free to me is totally free, no limitations. After free trial, I can understand the next time you pay for the product. But the first time should be really free. So you should say - buy the product for $97 dollars and if you don't want it, you have 10 days to return and not be charged. This is a forge of words by using the word free - it's not free. So beware. And you don't get your "free" money back either. Scam. I want my money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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