About White Light Toothbrush

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Feb 16, 2015

The White Light Toothbrush is an easy-to-use system that claims to combine “sonic-style action” that removes surface and embedded stains, along with light technology that whitens your teeth while you brush, without increasing sensitivity.

According to the manufacturer, the White Light Toothbrush accomplishes this over 2 steps:

  1. Apply the White Light whitening gel to your toothbrush, along with an equal amount of your regular toothpaste.
  2. Brush as usual.

When using the White Light Toothbrush, the two lights embedded inside the head are claimed to boost the whitening agent in the gel and to provide you with whiter teeth, regardless of whether your stains were caused by coffee, tea, fruit juice, red wine, cola, or aging.

Instead of spending tons of money on professional teeth whitening, or dealing with the hassle of over the counter pastes, gels, and whitening strips, can the White Light Toothbrush help you attain whiter teeth? And if so, is it as revolutionary as the manufacturer claims? Consider the following:

What Does Light Have to Do with Teeth Whitening?

According to Animated-Teeth.com, “light activation” is used during professional teeth whitening because it’s thought to “trigger a photocatalyst within the whitener that assists in breaking its hydrogen peroxide content down into its reactive components (termed "free radicals"). This, in turn, speeds up the rate at which the tooth whitening process takes place (shorter appointments) and enhances the treatment's results (whiter teeth).”

However, this same article goes on to say that, based on the available research, there is insufficient evidence showing that these lights measurably speed up or enhance the whitening process in any way.

How Does the White Light Toothbrush Compare to Professional Tools?

At least from a light perspective, the White Light Toothbrush contains only two small bulbs located in the head of the brush, while a professional light will provide much more intensity. Also, in a professional setting, the patient’s mouth will be propped open using a plastic device to ensure that the light is reaching all teeth surfaces evenly. In an at-home setting though, the White Light Toothbrush will not provide this same even coverage.

An example of how light is used during teeth whitening in a professional setting
An example of how light is used during teeth whitening in a professional setting. Image courtesy of bestteethwhiteninginfo.com.

As we talked about in the previous section though, regardless of how powerful the light is or how much coverage it provides, there is insufficient evidence showing that, when combined with a bleaching agent, light provides any kind of measurable benefits.

Does White Light Toothbrush’s Whitening Gel Work?

With this said, can you expect to achieve whiter teeth using White Light Toothbrush’s whitening gel? In short, it’s impossible to say, since the manufacturer provides zero information about it, including the ingredients it contains. Obviously, this is vitally important when assessing how it works.

This is because, according to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening “can be achieved in two ways. A product can bleach the tooth, which means that it actually changes the natural tooth color. Bleaching products contain peroxide(s) that help remove deep (intrinsic) and surface (extrinsic) stains. By contrast, non-bleaching whitening products contain agents that work by physical or chemical action to help remove surface stains only.”

How Fast Can You Expect Results with the White Light Toothbrush?

Other than mentioning that traditional at-home whitening methods take weeks or months to provide results—such as pastes and strips, and claiming that “you'll see amazing results in no time,” White Light Toothbrush’s manufacturer doesn’t provide any tangible indication of how long the product will take to whiten your teeth.

However, assuming the product’s gel uses peroxide, which is the most common ingredient found in at-home whitening systems, you might experience visible results within “a few days and final results sustained for about four months.”

Again, it’s important to remember that we’re not informed which ingredients the White Light Toothbrush gel contains, so there’s no way of knowing how fast it will work (assuming it will work at all), or how long you can expect the results to last.

Don’t Believe Everything You See

Perhaps because the White Light Toothbrush may not be as “revolutionary” as it claims, the manufacturer doesn’t feature actual before and after images on their website.

Instead, all before and after pictures on the White Light Toothbrush website appear to be the same image, with one digitally enhanced to give the appearance of stained or whitened teeth.

 Before and after pictures on the White Light Toothbrush website
These appear to be digitally enhanced versions of the exact same image.

Are Customers Achieving Whiter Teeth with White Light Toothbrush?

Although the White Light Toothbrush didn’t have any online reviews available at the time of our research, the whitening system is manufactured by Telebrands, who also makes other popular ASOTV products such as Aqua Stone, Trusty Cane, and Wow Cup. 

Why is this relevant? Because among more than 65 HighYa reader reviews, these products hold an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality products that don’t work as advertised, poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, constant upsells during phone calls, etc.), and high S&H charges (more about this next).

This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience the same with the White Light Toothbrush, but it might be worth keeping at the back of your mind.

White Light Toothbrush Pricing & Refund Policy

The White Light Toothbrush is priced at $19.99 plus $6.99 S&H. The manufacturer indicates that you can purchase a second toothbrush for an additional $6.99 S&H, although this option wasn’t available when we attempted to check out.

The White Light Toothbrush comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Note: If you purchase the BOGO offer, this means you’ll lose almost $14 in S&H charges if you decide to return the products, plus whatever it will cost to ship them back to the manufacturer. In fact, after everything is complete, you might end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund.

Regardless, if you need to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.

Will the White Light Toothbrush Give You a Whiter, Brighter Smile?

Chopping to the point: Considering that:

  • There is insufficient evidence showing that light can promote the teeth whitening process,
  • We’re not information of the ingredients contained in the whitening gel, and
  • The product comes with high, non-refundable S&H charges,

….White Light Toothbrush may not provide the whitening results you’re expecting, and could turn into an expensive lesson if you’re dissatisfied.

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