White Light Toothbrush sold by Telebrands is a battery-powered vibrating toothbrush that also claims to use light technology to whiten teeth. They state that the light in combination with the whitening gel will make your teeth look whiter and the sonic style vibrations will remove surface stains.
What is White Light Technology?
White light technology is the latest twist in teeth bleaching/whitening programs, either done in a dentist’s office or at home. Depending on the brand or practitioner, they can be halogen, LED or plasma arc. (Telebrands did not have any information as to the type of light White Light Toothbrush uses.)
This light is thought to activate or accelerate the whitening process when used in combination with a bleaching gel, often containing hydrogen peroxide. Up until the 1990s, teeth whitening was only done in the dentist’s office and it’s still the number one requested cosmetic dental treatment. Today, people spend over $1.4 billion on non-prescription teeth whitening products every year.
While many dentists do use white light technology, their use is controversial. Some studies have showed that the use of light along with a bleaching agent made no significant difference in the whitening of teeth. Other studies are more alarming; an examination by Norwegian scientists showed that UV radiation from the lights could harm mucus membranes in the mouth. Their conclusion: “As there is no clear documentation that light enhances the bleaching result, but could be detrimental to health, we advise against the use of light in teeth bleaching.”
Why Do My Teeth Get Yellow?
A lot of it has to do with age. As we get older, teeth naturally get more yellow, and smoking or drinking along with poor dental habits can further stain or discolor teeth. The good news is that this is perfectly natural, so there’s nothing wrong with you. Teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure, so the bad news is that it isn’t covered by most dental plans.
White Light Toothbrush Costs:
$26.98 ($19.99 plus $6.99 S&H). At the time of your order, you can add another White Light Toothbrush for $6.99 more, making the total $33.97.
White Light Toothbrush comes with a 30-day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee but this just covers your initial $19.99 and not any extra fees. Plus, in order to receive your refund, you must include a “written, detailed” explanation or your request could be refused.
Bottom Line: Will White Light Toothbrush Lighten My Teeth?
Because over 100 million Americans are looking for a whiter smile, we can understand why White Light Toothbrush seems appealing. But from our research, a white light will do little good in terms of cleaning your teeth. And while studies seem to show that exposure to UV light for long periods (as in a dental office) can be dangerous, the 2 minutes brushing with White Light Toothbrush will probably cause little harm (other than to your bank account).
So how can you get your teeth white, aside from spending hundreds of dollars at the dentist for a prescription-strength bleaching? According to an interview with a professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Crest Whitestrips are the only ones that work.
You may also want to read: 5 Natural Tooth Whitening Ideas (HowStuffWorks)
Fun Fact: In ancient times, Romans would use urine and goat milk to whiten teeth.
Let us know what you think of White Light Toothbrush or your favorite method of keeping your teeth pearly white below!