The idea of white teeth is great, having such often fills us with a confidence that in turns to a nice smile that shows off our teeth and helps makes us happier.
A smile is an important thing and if you suffer from stained teeth, a toothpaste that can help whiten those stained teeth and give you more confidence to smile has to only be a good thing no?
Oral-B 3D White Luxe Accelerator toothpaste (view on Amazon) is a product that can help do just this.
It has been designed to work in addition to a normal toothpaste offering an intense and effective whitening approach.
Read on to find out whether it really does have any benefit.
Does it actually work?
Yes, it does.
However, I need to be clear in that this paste is designed to be used in addition to a normal toothpaste and I used the accelerator whilst using Oral-B 3D White Luxe 3D Perfection toothpaste which together produced results that surprised me.
Improvements have been made to my teeth using this paste but you are not going to end up with the whitest of white Hollywood smiles with toothpaste alone.
Smokers, tea and coffee drinkers alike will see the best results. If you already have a fairly white and well looked after set of teeth, then the whitening will likely be limited.
In just 6 weeks, my teeth have improved a whole 1 colour shade.
How much does it cost?
The recommended price for this toothpaste is £4.49 and the prices have been at least this, if not higher.
The cost will vary depending on where you buy it. The availability of the accelerator is fairly limited. At the time of writing only Boot’s, Amazon and some other independent stores appear to be selling it. None of the major supermarket seems to stock it.
Due to the limited availability and specialist nature of this, do not expect to see discounts.
Where can I buy it?
Online and high street chemist Boots stock this toothpaste, along with Amazon (view on Amazon) and other independent online retailers.
- It can improve teeth colour and ‘whiten’ them
- Tastes good -a more vanilla flavour
- Lasting freshness
- Smart packaging
- Complementary products
- A little more expensive than most would like
- Will not whiten teeth for all
- Would prefer a flip lid
- Difficult to say it is actually working on its own
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would.
This is no scientific test but you might need to run a bit of a trial to see what effect this paste has on your teeth. I have been using in conjunction with the 3D Luxe Perfection toothpaste and it is difficult to say which of the two are doing most of the ‘whitening’ work or if both are having an effect.
Buy one tube and see how you get on and whether it is right for you in addition to your normal toothpaste.
I have always been a little sceptical of whitening toothpastes, believing that in truth that the only way to really achieve whiter teeth was through cosmetic surgery.
I have tested a few different whitening pastes over the last few years and to date none have provided the noticeable results that I have experienced when using this accelerator.
The total time I have used this for is 4 weeks, whilst using 3D White perfection toothpaste for a period of 6 week.
I have had 2 people ask me, without any prompting, have I had my teeth whitened?!
This may be sheer coincidence or is it that my teeth are actually whiter?
I genuinely felt my teeth were as white as they would ever be, naturally. I personally did not notice any difference in the colour of my teeth during the test, but these comments and comparison to the VITA colour chart would suggest otherwise.
How I tested the toothpaste
If you wish for lab style results then this is not the review for you.
Quite simply this is me trying this paste as part of my normal routine and telling you based on my experience what it was like.
Twice a day I clean my teeth normally, morning and night for 2 minutes each time.
Use of the accelerator requires an additional 4 minutes of cleaning, split morning and evening again.
Thus during this 6 week testing phase, my teeth were cleaned for no less than 8 minutes per day.
In conjunction to the accelerator I have been using 3D Luxe White perfection toothpaste a premium paste that is part of the same Luxe range as the accelerator.
During the 6 week test I used this accelerator for 2 weeks, stopped for 2, then used it again for the remaining 2 weeks, but continued to use the Perfection toothpaste. I have written my thoughts on the perfection paste in my White Luxe Perfection review.
The reason for the 2 week break was to try and determine which of the two pastes, if either were having an impact. Truthfully it is hard to say which was doing most of the work. I am inclined to say the Perfection paste, but seeing as I achieved the results I did with the two of them then perhaps they are best used together.
In the interest of trying to be fair, I have been eating and drinking the same sort of things as I would normally, I am still flossing and using an electric toothbrush, albeit with a 3D white brush head.
To try and provide evidence as to whether the paste has worked or not I have taken a before and after picture and compared my tooth colour to a VITA toothguide colour chart. The colour chosen was what my partner felt was the ‘best match’ to my tooth colour.
My electric toothbrush is the Oral-B Pro 6000 fitted with a 3D white brush head. I brushed twice a day for 2 minutes each time using daily clean mode and the 3D White Perfection toothpaste and flossed once a day.
For a total of 4 weeks of the 6, I did then follow that brushing session with another brushing session. This brushing session had the Pro 6000 set to whitening mode and the accelerator paste used.
In my thoughts and conclusions I have tried to be fair in whether this accelerator has had any additional benefit. I feel that it made sense to try together with the White Luxe Perfection paste, because if your intention is to whiten the teeth, you are within reason likely be willing to go the extra mile and use additional products, or spend more time cleaning to achieve this.
Summary How I tested the toothpaste
- Test lasted for 6 weeks, 4 of which the accelerator was used
- For the full 6 weeks 3D Luxe White Perfection toothpaste was used
- Used Oral-B Pro 6000 with 3D white brush head
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes with the daily clean mode
- Flossed once a day
- Pea sized amount of paste
- No changes in diet
- Accelerator paste applied with Pro 6000 on Whitening mode
Accelerator may be a fancy word for an additional product you need to buy to help you on your whitening journey.
Essentially the accelerator is just another type of paste that involves cleaning your teeth again twice a day, after your normal clean. It is more intensive and compared to other Oral-B pastes ‘accelerates’ stain removal.
Whatever achieves this accelerated process is not entirely clear or obvious. I believe the ingredient make up is a little more aggressive on the tooth surfaces.
If it is so good at removing stains why are not all or Oral-B’s pastes made up with such a formula, we all want the cleanest teeth right? Perhaps it is because it is aggressive and that it gives another product for Oral-B to sell.
The paste is also supposed to protect the enamel of your teeth too. Seems the right thing to do, but to be aggressive on the tooth surfaces and protects….I’m not sure of the longer term consequences and seeking professional dental advice is advisable.
You can use the accelerator in addition to any other toothpaste, but the best possible effect will come from use after a whitening paste and preferably an Oral-B product.
Whilst you will not see this in the dental isle of every supermarket and chemist, there is no denying that the packaging of this toothpaste has been designed to try and grab your attention. It looks classy and catches the eye with the crystal white and purplish colours.
The tube itself is fairly conventional with a screw cap on which the tub stands when not in use.
I find screw caps a bit of a frustration really, I think a flip lid is much better.
Well generally speaking you have the toothbrush in one hand and the tube of paste in the other. A flip lid allows for one handed opening and closing. Whilst possible with a screw cap it is a little more awkward and I just generally think would be easier.
The tube contains 75g of paste, which by my rough usage calculations will last you in the region of 3 months. Be sure to use only a pea sized amount as you do not need any more than this.
Upon first use, when you remove the cap a foil seal can be found over the top to retain the freshness and preserve the paste before you come to use it.
Unlike some cosmetics which give a shelf life, There is no shelf life once opened, there is nothing clearly marked on the packaging. The box does have an expiry date on it, but it is fair to assume that the paste will be used within a few months of opening rather than months.
Compared to the almost glitz look of the 3D White Perfection paste this accelerator has more of a traditional white colour tone to it, although there is a speckling throughout of what must be the abrasive ingredients that remove those stains from the tooth surfaces.
The ingredients in the paste are Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Propylene Glycol, Aqua, PEG-6, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Silica, Poloxamer 407, PEG-20M, CI77891, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Limonene, CI74160.*
When it comes to brushing, there is nothing special that you need to do. Used with the Pro 6000 electric toothbrush, I used this paste with the whitening mode of the brush. Right or not I am not sure, but the results would suggest maybe it was.
When brushing, there was a limit to the foam produced, in fact if was quite minimal, instead I was left with more often a more gritty texture and residue in the mouth.
That sounds worse than it really was. It goes once you spit out the remaining paste, but it must be the ingredients and those small speckled bits within the paste that I could taste.
The flavour of the paste is a little more muted than many, with more of a vanilla esq taste, although I am not confident that that was the exact flavour. Nonetheless it did not taste bad in my opinion.
Having used the accelerator with the 3D White perfection toothpaste, it is hard to say which left me with the zingy fresh after-taste, I believe the Perfection paste more than this accelerator, but together the freshness still lasted for a couple of hours and did not appear to dull or die off as quickly as many other toothpastes do.
I am no dentist so technical explanations aside it is worth being clear that what this toothpaste of doing is actually whitening the teeth by simply doing a better job of cleaning them than cosmetically whitening the teeth through any form of bleaching, like some other products do.
During the 6 week trial of these two toothpastes, I did stop using the accelerator for 2 weeks. I personally didn’t notice any difference in my tooth colour from stopping, but measuring the difference can be extremely hard and is objective.
It could also be said that the lasting whiteness effect was coming into play during this period, as the accelerator does whiten but also help this to last for longer too.
I really did not believe that my teeth would end up whiter having used this toothpaste as I felt I had reached the pinnacle of natural whiteness. The results suggest an improvement, but personally without such photographic evidence I could not honestly say I saw any change in colour. Those who are heavy drinkers of tea, coffee, red wine and potentially a smoker too will likely see some noticeable differences.
To gain and see the biggest differences your teeth have to really be in a position that they have not been given the attention that they really deserve in time gone by.
If you really want ‘whiter’ teeth there is only one real option and that is to have them professionally whitened. No toothpaste is going to take a set of yellow teeth to being pearly white gnashers. But, using a whitening paste will help and could give some noticeable improvements for a significantly smaller investment in cash.
The £4.49 price for this tube will be expensive for some.
It is fair to say that the average price of a tube of toothpaste is around £2, so 3D White Luxe Accelerator (view on Amazon) is about 2 times more expensive than most other toothpastes.
However, when you look specifically at ‘whitening’ pastes these prices typically vary from about £3 to about £12, so I would have to put 3D Luxe at the cheaper, value end of the scale.
However, this is an additional product that would work really well with 3D White Luxe Perfection for best effect. Put the two together and you have a price of £10 which comes in now towards the higher end of the price scale.
Ultimately to really see if it works and is a valuable investment for yourself, I say try it. You may not regret it. This combination might be a whiter, brighter and more confident smile.
Please be aware that should you notice any abnormalities or extra sensitivity from using a different toothpaste you should stop and consult your dentist.
Summary of Daily Usage
- Smart packaging
- Screw cap lid, a flip lid would be better
- 75g tube will last about 3 months
- The paste is white with a few speckled ingredients in it
- Can be left with a gritty residue after use
- Freshness from the paste lasts for a good couple of hours
- Reduces and removes tooth staining
- Does not whiten teeth through bleaching
- Complimentary product rather than a required
- Fairly cost effective at £4.49 per tube
- Best used in conjunction with another whitening paste such as 3D White Luxe Perfection
Having used Oral-B 3D White Luxe Accelerator in addition to 3D White Luxe Perfections what are the results?
The before and after colour comparison are based on the initial impressions against the available shades on the VITA colour chart. This impression and even comparison in detail at the images taken before and after would suggest some colour improvement, by a whole colour shade.
This is impressive.
Whilst not a scientific test, the images show just how this paste has made a difference.
Conclusion, is 3D Luxe White Accelerator any good?
Coming to a conclusion is quite difficult here because the accelerator is designed to be used in conjunction with another toothpaste, preferably an Oral-B whitening paste so to say the accelerator works on its own is not possible without more of a scientific approach that we are unable to offer.
Basing my conclusion on the combined effort of the 3D White Perfection and Accelerator, the before and after images for me prove that they work in some form, even when I thought my teeth were as white as thy could be.
I have to say I was surprised!
Give it a go yourself and left me know if it works as well as it did for me.
- Where can I buy Oral-B 3D White Luxe Accelerator Toothpaste?
- Boots, the high street and online chemist is a great option, but Amazon and other specialist online stores.
- What are the ingredients in Oral-B 3D White Luxe Accelerator?
- Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Propylene Glycol, Aqua, PEG-6, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Silica, Poloxamer 407, PEG-20M, CI77891, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Limonene, CI74160.
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- It has a muted vanilla flavour.
- Does it actually work?
- Yes, it does. But…Do not expect miracles. If you have a thorough dental hygiene routine already the results will be limited. It works best is for someone who has poor oral hygiene and very stained teeth. Once the teeth are much cleaner after a few weeks of use, the effects will be limited. Those with particularly white teeth be that natural or through cosmetic treatment will unlikely see a difference.
- Does it hurt?
- I did not find it to do so. If you should gain additional sensitivity or side effects as a result of using it, stop doing so and consult a dentist.
- How long does it last?
- Approximately 3 months based on 2 pea sized amounts being used each day.
*This paste does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) (more information) and CI 77891, otherwise known as Titanium Dioxide (more information) which are potentially contentious inclusions for some. Whilst commonly used within cosmetics and toothpastes for many years, in more recent times studies have identified potential health and environmental concerns. There are arguments for and against with either ingredient and a range of toothpastes that are specifically designed without the inclusion of such, particularly SLS. Further reading: Telegraph , Drugs.com, NCBI, SLS Free, Daily Mail.