British firm UltraDEX is one that produces a number of products, generally at the more premium end of the market.
Having tested some of their mouthwashes, in this review I am looking at one of their toothpastes that is designed to whiten and strengthen teeth via a recalcifying process.
White teeth is generally what all of us would like. They look more pleasing than a set of yellow teeth.
So can this whitening toothpaste make your teeth shine and give you the confidence to smile?
Does it actually work?
Within just a few weeks you can see a difference in the colour shade of your teeth.
However, the degree of colour change is affected by your teeth, diet and previous brushing habits.
For those who have more recently used whitening pastes, the likelihood of colour change is minimal; whereas those who have only ever used a basic toothpaste and teeth are noticeably stained will see much more significant results.
How much does it cost?
The selling price naturally aires depending on where and when you purchase the toothpaste.
Typically, a tube of UltraDEX Sensitive Recalcifying Whitening toothpaste will cost around £8 and will last for about 3 months.
For this you get a 75ml tube of paste. (view on Amazon)
Based on comparable products this price is fair and slightly cheaper than some of the other options within this whitening paste market.
There is no denying that compared to your normal toothpastes, this is more expensive.
Where can I buy it?
UltraDEX may well be a brand that is well known within the dental community, but it is one that doesn’t quite have the power to fight for premium shelf space in all retailers.
Therefore your local supermarket will unlikely stock this paste, but head to a chemist like Boots or Superdrug or head online to Amazon and you will certainly be able to pick this up (view on Amazon).
Typically we have found Amazon to be the most competitive when it comes to price. That said Boots are often very close, within tens of pennies rather than pounds difference in the price.
- It can improve teeth colour and ‘whiten’ them
- Can improve bad breath
- Protects and restores enamel
- Smart packaging
- Certified gluten free, kosher and suitable for vegans
- Does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Money back guarantee
- Screw top lid
- Feel it can take a long time to really show the benefits
Would I recommend it?
I have no issue in recommending this toothpaste.
It can whiten teeth, it can improve tooth strength and it is a great option for those who require gluten free toothpaste, are vegan or only use Kosher products.
The colour change to your teeth is significantly impacted by your dental history and diet and will for most not transform the teeth overnight, it is a longer process taking weeks rather than days.
The claims for improved breath are difficult to justify as everyone is different and for some the improvements may almost be instant whilst for others not so.
OK, let’s get down into the cold hard facts and details about this paste and what it is like; but just before we do, you need to know two main things.
The first is briefly explaining how whitening can be achieved; it is in two ways normally.
A common, more expensive and more effective way is through cosmetic dentistry whereby the teeth are professionally whitened using strong chemicals that cause the teeth to change colour to a stronger, bolder white.
You can go really white if you like, almost beyond what is natural if you really want.
The other way is to clean your teeth really well using a toothpaste that removes any stains or possible surface marks, this is what a whitening toothpaste is.
It does not whiten teeth through bleaching (normally), but by actually cleaning the teeth better, normally more abrasively than a conventional paste.
Some pastes do exist that contain peroxides that stain the teeth, avoid these.
And the second thing to cover, is how this paste was tested.
How I tested the toothpaste
Personally, I do not think I can get my teeth any whiter than they are without cosmetic treatment; this is because I have used a number of whitening pastes to date, many of which have done a pretty decent job.
I saw no marked improvement myself, but my partner tried this and did see a small colour change in here tooth shade.
This reviews contains feedback from the both of us, to really try and give you the best picture and opinion on how well it worked.
I want to provide as much information as I can, so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. However, I need to make it clear that I am no dentist, nor am I testing this in a lab. I am using it at home, just like you would.
Many lab tests work in favour of the brand selling the paste with the positives being highlighted and sometimes exaggerated; so I am here to present the information as I see and understand it.
However in the interest of trying to be fair I have not made any changes to my normal routine. I am eating and drinking the same sort of things, I am still flossing and using an electric toothbrush.
The test lasted for 6 weeks. During this time the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush set to the ‘White’ mode was used.
Brushing was completed twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossing occurred once a day, using the advised ‘pea’ sized amount of paste.
Summary How I tested the toothpaste
- Test lasted for 6 weeks
- Used Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush white mode
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes
- Flossed once a day
- Pea sized amount of paste
- No changes in diet
Despite what we might like to tell ourselves, packaging does convey a message and it can influence what we think of a product.
UltraDEX generally go with quite a clean and minimal packaging style but it is done in such a way that looks smart and clean.
A use of white and green does not shout look at me, but it also says sophisticated and well thought out; well that is what is say to me anyhow.
There are a few clearly labelled statements about what this paste can do, so you can be won over by these.
It also is marked about how this has been developed in conjunction with a university (Institute of Dentistry at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London), giving extra confidence and thought that some really smart people are behind this product.
To be fair there are some very smart individuals behind it; but does it really do the job, that is what we are worried about.
All excited by the smart packaging, my bubble is soon burst when I find the tube has a screw cap.
I will admit this is purely a personal feeling but flip lids are much easier to handle. With one hand you can open, distribute paste and close. This is not so easy with a screw cap.
It does stand upright on the screw cap, just more fiddly to open and extract the paste.
There is upon first use a small foil cap over the hole in the tube, this is present to seal the the tube and retain freshness.
The paste itself is white in colour and tastes of a dull mint I would say. There is quite a strong initial smell to it, it smells clinical.
There was limited frothing of this paste too during use.
The 75ml tube measures some 14cm long and contains a similar amount of pastes to most other whitening pastes at this price point. I have seen some larger tubes that offer a bit more paste for the money, but at 75ml you will get about 3 months use from this tube.
Clinical studies have proven that this toothpaste can whiten teeth within 14 days, refer to the images later in this review to judge for yourself.
The naturally differentiating colour and staining on individuals teeth can clearly influence results. What one achieve another may not, but a few weeks of using this toothpaste should induce some colour change if only minor.
The toothpaste helps protect sensitive teeth and has a low equivalent RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) of 38 to help ensure it does not erode tooth surfaces. A paste like Opalescence has an RDA rating of double this.
The paste gently restores natural whiteness to teeth by oxidising organic stains such as tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco and leaves teeth smoother, brighter and more resistant to discolouration and acidic food & drink
Sensishield Enamel Defence is a formula that is designed to mimic the way saliva would naturally recalcify the tooth enamel, only faster and more effectively. Whilst hard to prove this is actually working; the taste this paste leaves and the feel of the teeth post clean, certainly suggest the paste is trying and working to this.
Another benefit of the paste is that it is designed to eliminates bad breath on contact by destroying odour-causing compounds, not just by masking them. Using what UltraDEX refer to as iQ+ AciveOxi Technology, this works with the natural PH level of your mouth to release the appropriate amount of active ingredient to meet your individual needs. The anti-bacterial action, helps prevent tooth decay, gum problems & plaque by killing bacteria and inhibiting regrowth. This is said to last for up to 12 hours.
For me personally I could not taste or see evidence of this lasting up to 12 hours. Sure post clean my mouth and breath felt fresh, but this quickly dissipated. However, I do not suffer from bad breath or halitosis, therefore the potential difference for individuals who suffer could well be considerably greater as it tackles this very problem.
UltraDEX are so confident of the effectiveness, they offer a replacement product or Money Back Guarantee for new consumers on their first purchase of certain products.
If you are not 100% satisfied with the performance of this UltraDEX toothpaste, just send the product back in its original packaging, together with your original proof of purchase receipt and a letter of explanation within 28 days of the date of purchase. Send to, Periproducts Limited (2864374) of Venture House, 2 Arlington Square, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1WA, United Kingdom.
You must include details of your name, address and telephone number and/or contact email address. Do please then let them know if you require a replacement product or a refund. Any refund and postage charges will be refunded to you by cheque. If you prefer to return the product via Freepost, please contact them using firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for details.
I think this is a pretty good option if you are not sure or not happy with the product.
At £8 or thereabouts for a tube of this paste, it is not cheap but you often get what you pay for. The science and ingredients in this specialised product command a higher price. Many whitening pastes are easily £10 per tube, so actually it could be argued that you get better value from UltraDEX than some other the other leading brands. It is however at least double if not 4 times the price of more conventional pastes, but try finding one that does not contain SLS, is suitable for Vegans, is Kosher and gluten- free.
If you are interested, the ingredients in this toothpaste are:
Glycerin, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Hydroxyapatite, Cellulose Gum, Sodium, Monofluorophosphate, Trisodium Phosphate, Sodium Saccharin, Aroma, Menthol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chlorite, Limonene, Sodium Bicarbonate, Linalool, CI 77891*
Active Ingredients: SensiShield powered by Stoichiometric Micro Hydroxyapatite. iQ+ ActiveOxi Technology powered by Stabilised Chlorine
Dioxide and Sodium Monofluorophosphate
Contains Sodium Monofluorophosphate (1000 ppm Fluoride)
An omission that will pleased many is the exclusion of SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a chemical that gets a lot of negative press for some justifiable reasons. SLS does have a purpose but UltraDEX have managed to come up with a solution that does not need it.
Whilst many pastes, may well be able to claim this, I do like that this is certified gluten free, kosher and suitable for vegans, accommodating an array of users who might otherwise not be able to use the paste.
Suitable for anyone of any age, children under 6 should be supervised when using.
The paste itself has a shelf life of 24 months once opened.
You may also be pleased to learn that this is made in the UK.
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, stands upright
- 75ml tube will last about 3 months
- The paste is whit in colour with a dull mint taste.
- Designed not to foam
- Reduces and removes tooth staining to improve tooth colour
- Does not whiten teeth through bleaching
- Protects and restores teeth by eliminating bacteria and mimicking what saliva does to recalcify teeth
- Contains fluoride
- Kosher, gluten free and suitable for vegans
- Made in the UK
- Fairly cost effective at £8 per tube
Having used UltraDex Recalcifying and Whitening toothpaste for 6 weeks, what were the results?
Here are the before and after shots taken of my teeth.
The photos include a colour shade from the VITA colour chart that appeared to be the closest match at the time of taking the image.
Conclusion, is UltraDEX Sensitive Recalcifying and Whitening Toothpaste any good?
The low abrasive nature of this toothpaste will not deliver rapid overnight whitening success stories. This toothpaste is about longer term, slower but safe restoration of natural whiteness through effective cleaning of the teeth.
This might not be fast enough for you, but this clinically designed paste looks to do more for you than just whiten, by protecting and restoring strength in your teeth.
Confirming that this is actually working and doing so at a faster pace than other toothpastes is virtually impossible without scientific testing, but the taste and feel of the teeth post clean would certainly have you believing that something more is going on here.
Whilst for me the freshness did not last as long as the suggested 12 hours, trying to measure this is difficult and for those with halitosis, the effects will likely be greater.
There is a lot to like about this paste. It appears to work and does so in a considerate way that does not put your teeth at risk in exchange for a quicker whiter smile.
Developed and made in the UK there is a sense of quality, professionalism and a high standard of consideration that has gone into this product and from my testing as well as other users feedback this all pays off in the results.
- Where can I buy UltraDEX Sensitive Recalcifying and Whitening Toothpaste?
- Boots, Superdrug and Amazon are the three key outlets from which you can obtain the UltraDEX range of products.
- What are the ingredients in UltraDEX Sensitive Recalcifying and Whitening Toothpaste?
- Glycerin, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Hydroxyapatite, Cellulose Gum, Sodium, Monofluorophosphate, Trisodium Phosphate, Sodium Saccharin, Aroma, Menthol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chlorite, Limonene, Sodium Bicarbonate, Linalool, CI 77891
- Active Ingredients: SensiShield® powered by Stoichiometric Micro Hydroxyapatite. iQ+ ActiveOxi Technology powered by Stabilised Chlorine
- Dioxide and Sodium Monofluorophosphate
- Contains Sodium Monofluorophosphate (1000 ppm Fluoride)
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- It has mint flavour.
- Does it actually work?
- Yes, it does, but the results are going to be driven by your natural tooth colour and how stained your teeth are.
- Previous or current whitening toothpaste users may see little or no benefit compared to those who have heavily stained teeth.
- Does it hurt?
- I had no sensitivity, pain or side affects from using this paste, should 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 CI 77891, otherwise known as Titanium Dioxide (more information) which is a potentially contentious inclusions for some. Whilst commonly used within cosmetics and toothpastes for many years, in more recent times studies have identified potential health concerns. There are arguments for and against. Further reading: Telegraph, Drugs.com, NCBI.