About Dental Bright
Dental Bright is an “As Seen on TV” home tooth polisher that claims to whiten and polish teeth in minutes per day, and to remove stains related to coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and more, with long-lasting results. In addition, Dental Bright is claimed to remove stains that normal brushing does not, ultimately giving you a “fresh from the dentist” feeling and brighter teeth, all from the comfort of your home.
Regardless of how your teeth became stained or how long they’ve been stained, you understandably want to brighten their unsightly appearance and make them look more youthful. However, the important question is this: can Dental Bright really provide you with all of these claimed benefits, and can you achieve them “in less time than brushing?”
How Dental Bright Claims to Work
By gently removing tough stains with virtually the same power and precision as your dentist’s polishing tool, Dental Bright is an “As Seen on TV” teeth whitening device that claims to provide you with professional results at home. But despite its proclaimed whitening power, Dental Bright is claimed to be gentle on enamel and to be ideal for individuals with sensitive teeth.
In order to accomplish this, Dental Bright is claimed to utilize a motorized rubber rotary cup to clean and polish your teeth, similar to what’s used in your dentist’s office, while its built-in hyper light allows you to see stains up close. In fact, the Dental Bright is claimed to leave your teeth feeling smooth and glossy in minutes, similar to how you feel after leaving your dentist’s office.
According to the Dental Bright website, brighter, whiter teeth is as easy as:
- Attaching the rubber polishing cup to the tip of the Dental Bright polisher.
- Activating the “powerful but gentle” battery operated cordless polisher.
- Gliding Dental Bright across your teeth to polish away stains.
The manufacturer claims that, if used weekly, Dental Bright can help you maintain a beautiful white smile.
Each Dental Bright polisher requires 2 AA batteries to operate, and the company claims that each polishing cap lasts for about 100 uses.
Dental Bright Pricing & Refund Policy
Dental Bright is priced at $10 plus $7.50 S&H, with a second set available for an additional $7.50 S&H, bringing your total to $25. For this amount, you’ll receive a total of 2 Dental Bright polishers and 10 polishing caps, as well as a “bonus” Dental Bright whitener.
Dental Bright comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. In order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-684-1151.
Can Dental Bright Really Help You “Smile with Confidence?”
Sure, it can be tempting to believe that a $25 home-use tool can whiten your teeth as well as a professional one, but is this really the case? In other words, can you really expect Dental Bright to polish your teeth and remove stains as well as it claims? Maybe, but keep the following in mind:
The Efficacy of At-Home Tooth Polishers
First, a professional tooth polisher found at your dentist’s office can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention that it will be used by someone with formal training in how to best use the instrument. With this in mind, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to achieve similar results using a $10 “As Seen on TV” product.
Second, although Dental Bright is claimed to be “gentle” on your enamel, it’s unclear whether or not using the tool will result in any enamel loss. However, keep in mind that from a professional perspective, according to Registered Dental Hygienist magazine:
- Polishing is viewed as a cosmetic procedure with little therapeutic value
- Thorough brushing and flossing can produce the same effect as polishing
- Continuous polishing can, over time, cause morphological changes by abrading tooth structure away
- Fluoride in the outer layers of enamel is removed through polishing
With this said, if Dental Bright doesn’t whiten deep enough to remove enamel, then it very likely doesn’t perform as well as a professional polishing from your dentist. As such, while Dental Bright may make you “feel like you’ve just come from the dentist,” it doesn’t mean that it actually cleans, polishes, or whitens the same.
Lastly, according to HealthPartners, cleaning and polishing are not the same things: “Cleaning is the removal of plaque, tartar and stains. Polishing is smoothing the surface of the tooth.” In other words, this means that Dental Bright won’t take the place of regular brushing. Note: If you’re interested, WebMD also provides a good article about the top 10 methods of achieving whiter teeth, and WikiHow provides a fairly detailed article of some effective at-home teeth whitening methods.
“As Seen on TV” Products
“As Seen on TV” products like Dental Bright tend to have lower customer satisfaction ratings than more mainstream products, often due to complaints of not performing as advertised and/or of being low quality. While Dental Bright is a very new product (URL registered August 2014) and doesn’t have any online customer reviews that can be used to gauge overall satisfaction, this is an important factor you should consider prior to placing your order.
Another factor that you should consider is that Dental Bright comes with very high shipping and handling charges, which total more than the cost of the product itself. Because of this, if you’re dissatisfied with the product and decide to pursue a refund, you’ll be out $15 in S&H charges before even including the costs of shipping Dental Bright back to the manufacturer.
Other Considerations Regarding Dental Bright
Next, the manufacturer doesn’t provide any information about what’s included in the whitener. This is important because, depending on if it contains bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and/or baking soda, each of these ingredients can affect your teeth very differently, which may not be suitable for all users.
Also, the before and after pictures featured on the Dental Bright website are clearly the same images, just digitally retouched to appear different. However, we’re not sure if the before or after pictures are the originals (or neither).
Bottom line: Considering that Dental Bright may not perform as well as a professional teeth polishing, it’s “As Seen on TV” status, and its high S&H charges, you’ll want to speak with your dentist about more tried-and-true methods of whitening your teeth at home.