What is the Ionic White Whitening Kit?
Overall, there are two parts to the Ionic White system: 1) the micro pore gel that penetrates deep into teeth and 2) a patent pending LED light that activates the gel and maximizes its whitening power.
The manufacturer tells us that the Ionic White teeth whitening system works quickly, is safe and effective, won’t cause any stains or sensitivity, and helps you save time and money.
In fact, the manufacturer guarantees teeth that are at least two shades lighter the very first time you use Ionic White, in just three simple steps:
- Coat your teeth with the whitening pen.
- Shine the ionic light on your teeth.
- Your teeth will be dazzling white in minutes.
Once you have the system in your home, though, can you expect real results from Ionic White? Even then, is it really the “most effective way to whiten your teeth”? Keep reading, and we'll help you make an empowered, informed decision.
How Does Ionic White Work? What Ingredients Does It Use?
As we mentioned above, there are two parts to the Ionic White system. In this section, we’ll discuss its whitening pen.
While we know that Ionic White’s gel is dispensed from a portable pen, the manufacturer doesn’t tell us about any of the ingredients it contains.
However, as we outline in our Teeth Whitener Buyer’s Guide, when it comes to at-home teeth whitening kits (more soon), the vast majority deliver brighter results using one of three methods:
Whether hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, both of these substances enter the pores of enamel, react with the oxygen in the air, and then pull out microscopic stain particles as they lift away. This is known as bleaching.
Based on how Ionic White is applied and its complementary light, the gel likely contains hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. These strengths can range between 15% and 40%+, although there’s no way to know Ionic White’s strength.
Peroxide teeth whitening solutions can be found in many different delivery methods, including pens, mouthpieces and trays, rinses and mouthwashes, and strips.
Pros: The most common whitening product, available in a variety of strengths and formulations. Affordable, relatively fast results (1-3 shades). Penetrates teeth for deeper stain removal.
Cons: These gels are known to cause gum sensitivity, which generally subsides after being washed away. Mouthpieces can be bulky and uncomfortable.
While much less common than peroxide, some kits (such as SoleilGLO) use sodium chlorite as the active whitening agent.
Instead of penetrating teeth and oxidizing away stains, chlorite, a common industrial bleach for textiles and paper, as well as for disinfecting water and other uses, removes the part of the stain’s molecule that gives it its color, effectively making it invisible to the human eye.
Pros: At lower concentrations, typically causes less gum sensitivity than peroxide solutions.
Cons: Linda Greenwall, a Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry specialist, warns that “There are no published studies on the safety and effectiveness of chlorine dioxide as a whitening treatment.”
However, she notes that it can permanently etch teeth, promoting future staining, and that it should not be used on crowns and veneers.
Most often found in non-peroxide whitening kits and toothpastes, abrasives scrub away at stains on the surface of teeth, like mild sandpaper.
Pros: Often the least expensive option, and the least likely to cause gum sensitivity.
Cons: Doesn’t whiten as well (or as deeply) as peroxide or chlorite. Only whitens while scrubbing and can damage enamel with extended use.
Which of These Options Is Best For You? What Kinds of Results Can You Expect From Ionic White?
Remember, we’re not told about Ionic White’s active ingredient. So, without testing it ourselves, there’s no way to know for sure how well it’ll brighten teeth or for whom it might work best.
Based on everything we just discussed, though, it’s reasonable to believe that the gel in Ionic White’s pen contains a concentration of carbamide peroxide; probably somewhere between 15% and 25%.
If this is the case, it’s reasonable to expect teeth that are 2-3 shades whiter after a single application, and increasingly white results with continued use. Keep in mind, however, these gels only work on extrinsic stains (those on the enamel) and not intrinsic ones (those located on lower layers of the teeth).
What About Ionic White’s Side Effects?
Regardless of the method used, by far the most common side effects associated with teeth whitening kits are mild-to-moderate tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. This is much more common among carbamide-based gels and is reported by one-third to one-half of users.
Some of this can be avoided by making sure that you don’t over-apply the gel and keeping as much of it away from your gums as possible.
What about Ionic White’s second component; the LED mouthpiece?
The Truth: UV Lights Do Not Increase Whitening Effectiveness
We know you’re busy, so we won’t go into unnecessary detail here.
But, as we detail in our White Light System investigation (another ASOTV whitening kit), when dentist-grade UV light is applied to teeth, it temporarily dehydrates them and causes them to appear lighter.
After regaining their moisture, however, teeth will return to their new “normal” shade achieved by the whitening solution. In other words, even professional lights don’t deliver permanently whiter teeth.
Ionic White’s small LED bulb will not provide the same power as a professional light at your dentist’s office. As a result, it’s reasonable to believe that it won’t deliver any measurably whiter results than the pen’s gel alone.
What about the ‘Ionic’ in Ionic White’s name? An ion is simply a charged atom or molecule, caused by an unequal number of electrons or protons.
Negative ions—those with extra electrons—might cause a variety of health benefits, including improving symptoms of depression, relieving stress, and more. This is why negative ion generators exist.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t provide any evidence that Ionic White’s light emits negative ions, or that this would improve whitening results in any way.
In the end, it appears to simply be the product’s name; not an indication of how it works.
Light or not, how much will you pay to whiten your teeth with Ionic White?
How Much Does Ionic White Cost?
One Ionic White kit is priced at $19.95, plus $6.95 S&H. You can purchase a second kit during checkout for an additional $6.95 S&H.
Each order includes:
- 1 Whitening Pen
- 1 LED Light
- 1 Color Chart
All Ionic White kits come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at 866-783-8226.
Who, exactly, will you call?
What Can We Learn From Ionic White Reviews?
Although the LED light was a different color, we found an identical Ionic White system for sale on Amazon, which had a 3.3-star average rating from 10 customers.
There, many seemed to like the whitening results it provided, its low price, and its ease of use. Common complaints referenced minimal (or no) whitening results.
We’re not told anything about the manufacturer on Ionic White’s website, but based on their customer service phone number, it appears to be the same company behind Kangaroo Keeper, Go Kitty, and Luma Pots.
Most of these options seem to come with middle-of-the-road feedback from customers, which is common among all ASOTV products.
What about Ionic White’s competition?
Are There Other Whitening Kits Like Ionic White?
As you probably know, there are thousands of whitening kits out there, whether online, at your local pharmacy, or down the street at any big box retailer.
This includes pens like Ionic White, tray-based systems like Whitening Coach and Action Pro White, light-based systems like White Light Smile and HiSmile, abrasives like Diamond White Toothpaste, and more.
While many online-only options can cost well over $50 (and also sign you up for sketchy autoship programs), you can find whitening kits locally within the $15-$25 range.
At just $19.95, Ionic White falls somewhere in the middle from a price perspective, but don’t forget to include the $6.95 S&H charge—not to mention the fact that you’ll lose this money if you decide to process a refund.
Where does all of this leave you?
Does Ionic White Deserve a Spot In Your Medicine Cabinet?
Will Ionic White whiten your teeth? Assuming it contains the same level of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide as other pen-based whitening gels, probably so; about 1-3 shades.
Instead, when it comes to Ionic White, we think it’s more a question of value than one of effectiveness.
In other words, given the fact that many other whitening kits can be purchased locally for about the same price, without the associated shipping costs, you might get more value for your money by checking out these options first.
In addition, while it's positive that the manufacturer offers a 30-day refund policy if you're not satisfied with Ionic White, returning a locally-bought whitening kit can be as easy as hopping in your car. This can simultaneously save you a trip to the post office and return S&H.
Did you order Ionic White? How well did it work? Did you take advantage of the company’s 30-day return policy? Tell us about your experience by writing a review below!