Good health often starts at the mouth, it’s a gateway into the body. Thus taking care of your teeth and having the confidence to smile can really make a difference to how you feel and the way in which you come across to others.
If you are conscious about our teeth and mouth, be it bad breath or stained teeth then this can often show. Using a good quality toothpaste can make all the difference and within just 2 weeks you can often notice differences.
There are countless dental products available to purchase and that choice seems no greater than in the niche of whitening toothpastes.
Just one of the options to consider is the 3D White Vitalize and Brilliance pastes from Oral-B.
Part of the same range they actually have slight differences in what they do and achieve. The 3D White Vitalise and Brilliance have slightly different formulations specific for different needs. The Vitalize, along with whitening benefits, tones gums and re-mineralises the enamel on the teeth (view on Amazon). The Brilliance doesn’t have these added benefits but is more predominantly a whitening toothpaste that will remove up to 80% of surface stains within 2 weeks of use.
Does it actually work?
Yes, but you need to consider how white your teeth already are.
My teeth are really almost as white as they will be through toothpastes alone, if I wish to go whither then I need to consider cosmetic options. This is because over the last year or so I have tried a number of different ‘whitening’ pastes thus the possible impact that this pastes can have is limited.
This is the same story if your teeth are already pretty white.
However, if you are in the camp of not having really given your teeth the love that they deserve. Perhaps you have had a poor oral hygiene routine or you are a heave tea or coffee drinker or smoker and your teeth look duller than they should then the possible improvements for you as a result of using this paste are much greater.
You won’t end up with a false looking white smile, but one that looks natural.
How much does it cost?
Whilst this tends to be one of the more expensive toothpastes, you are likely to be spending a few pounds per tube, you will not have to spend a fortune on it and from time to time bigger retailers will run deals on Oral-B products.
The cost will vary depending on where and when you buy it. Typically some of the high street stores are more expensive with online outlets often being the cheapest. The recommended price for this toothpaste is £3.50
At the time of reviewing the cheapest price I found this for was £2.00 with the most sticking to or at least very close to the £3.50 RRP.
Where can I buy it?
You can buy it direct from many high street outlets, typically stocked in chemists such as Boots and Superdrug both on the high street and online stores, at the time of writing Asda was the cheapest outlet for this paste.
- It can improve teeth colour and ‘whiten’ them
- Tastes ok – very mild flavour
- Smart packaging
- Dull minty flavour
- Freshness did not appear to last as long as many other pastes
- Will not whiten teeth for all
- Would prefer a flip lid
Would I recommend it?
I have no reason to say this paste is bad, but my general feeling is although you do not need to rush the whitening process, the 3D White Luxe paste, will actually deliver better results overall more quickly.
I was just overall a little underwhelmed.
I think basic toothpaste with regular use can do a lot of what this more premium paste can do at a little less cost with for me a stronger and fresher post clean taste.
Do bear in mind there are 2 very similar but different pastes here. One that whitens and one that is more about protection and remineralisation.
There is only one sure way of getting very white teeth and that’s cosmetic tooth whitening.
However if you want a more natural, less costly approach then toothpaste is a great answer.
Part of the Premium 3D White range, Brilliance and Vitalize are slightly less aggressive or expensive whitening pastes that within 2 weeks can begin making differences.
I have previously used and now highly regard the 3D White Luxe Perfection and Accelerator combination and naturally I compare Brilliance (view on Amazon) and Vitalize to these, but the results are not as great.
In fact Oral-B suggest themselves 2 weeks for any possible changes in stains and teeth colour with the Brilliance paste compared to as little as 3 days with the Luxe range.
This is not to say the possible benefits of Brilliance cannot be realised, its just they may take a little longer to show and be a bit better for you in the long term.
The Vitalize paste is about longer term protection and is much harder to tell the actual long term results without deeper and perhaps scientific analysis.
How I tested the toothpaste
The aim is to provide as much feedback and information on this toothpaste as I can, but I am not a scientist and I am not using and testing this in a lab, I am using it at home like you would and bring you my honest but detailed opinions on the paste and the results.
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. Oral-B suggest that within 2 weeks (14 days) up to 80% of surface stains will be removed when using the Brilliance paste.
During this time I am using a Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected electric toothbrush with the Clean and White mode selected. I brushed twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossed once a day, using the advised ‘pea’ sized amount of paste each time.
Summary How I tested the toothpaste
- Test lasted for 6 weeks
- Used Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected toothbrush on clean and White mode
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes
- Flossed once a day
- Pea sized amount of paste
- No changes in diet
When looking at this toothpaste packaging it has been designed to catch the eye and that it does. The vivid purple with the minty green accents for the Vitalize variant and the deep red/maroon colour for the Brilliance with a diamond facet effect background, it looks smart and says premium.
The name itself then invokes thoughts of great teeth, 3D White, Brilliance, Vitalize, strong emotive words that has the brain on a path for success before you have even picked up and used the product.
So with your attention firmly grasped, you pick it off the shelf be that physical or online and begin using it.
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 as you can use one handed.
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. Nu Skins’s AP24 Whitening toothpaste has a flip lid. Maybe there is a reason I am missing as to why it does not.
There is 75ml of toothpaste in the tube. Using a pea sized amount of paste, I do not think I am quite halfway through the tube yet after 6 weeks of use. Whilst hard to say precisely, I think you will get 3 months worth of use out of each tube.
When you remove the cap for the first time there is a foil seal over the top to retain the freshness and preserve the paste before you come to use it. Whether this is a psychological effect or not for me those with a foil seal always seem more premium than those without.
Once opened this toothpaste should be used within 12 months to ensure freshness and effectiveness. Of course generally you will use sooner than 12 months if you are cleaning twice a day.
If you have not opened it you have generally a couple of years to open and use before it goes out of date. The use by date can be found on the flat sealing edge to the tube of toothpaste, the opposite end to the lid, it is embossed there.
To the paste itself then.
When squeezed out of the tube, the paste is a white colour with subtle flecks of blue throughout. Here is the active ingredients that will help scrub the teeth clean and remove the surface stains.
As you know we are looking at 2 variants of the same range of paste here, Oral-B 3D White Brilliance and Oral-B 3D White Vitalize.
The 3D White Vitalzse (view on Amazon) and Brilliance have slightly different formulations specific for different needs. The Vitalize, along with whitening benefits, tones gums and re-mineralises the enamel on the teeth. The Brilliance doesn’t have these added benefits but is more predominantly a whitening toothpaste that will remove up to 80% of surface stains within 2 weeks of use.
The ingredients are almost identical but with small difference.
Aqua, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Fluoride, Carbomer, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, CI 77891, Limonene, Mica, Glycerin, CI 73360, CI 74160.*
Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Aroma, CI 77891, Carbomer, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, CI 74160.*
Both pastes contain Sodium Fluoride (1450ppm Fluoride).
Upon using with a toothbrush what I found is that the pastes do not froth up as much as one might expect, this is not a bad thing, just an observation. Never judge how good a paste is based on how frothy it is.
Like a washing up liquid, more bubbles does not mean it is a better cleaner, same principle here.
Whilst it is advertised to have a minty flavour and it does that flavour is very subtle and does not strike your senses like some pastes do. Again this is not a bad thing, but I make comment on it as if you are not a big fan of punchy minty flavours then you might like this.
I personally like the big hit fresh zingy taste that you often get. It is really a false indicator of how fresh and clean my mouth really is but it makes me feel better if I get that dentist clean feeling.
For me the freshness lasted no more than an hour before I could really notice it. That is not to say it did not continue to work for longer. I had no comments about bad breath, but then typically I do not suffer from such nor is this intended to specifically fight bad breath.
Whilst the flecked paste has active ingredients that scrub the stains off the tooth surfaces, unlike some other pastes there was not that gritty taste, it was really quite smooth and no obvious feeling of abrasion.
Given the ‘3D White’ name I would not fault you for thinking this can whiten your teeth and that is what it aims to do. But, there is often a misunderstanding about how this whitening process works.
It is not whitening through the process of staining or bleaching your teeth with any chemical agents, but instead cleaning them better and more effectively to remove surface stains. It is designed to move up to 80% of surface stains.
It is this thorough cleaning and removal of surface dirt and stains that make the teeth whiter.
Oral-B suggest that it takes just 2 weeks to remove 80% of surface stains, how true that really is almost impossible to tell without some lab tests and a series of volunteers with stained teeth.
The upshot is that if you have sent the last few years using various different whitening toothpastes, this will not be the answer to super white teeth without cosmetic surgery.
If however you have only ever used a basic toothpaste, not really paid the best attention to your oral healthcare and like to indulge in tea, coffee, red wine and a few cigarettes, then the improvements for you may well be considerably more impressive.
This for me, during my 6 weeks of use I could notice no difference in tooth colour or reduction in surface staining. Trying to see surface staining can be difficult and in the last year I have used many different toothpastes, some with greater effect than others.
It is undoubtedly doing some good through and even if you are not noticing differences there are likely positive effects happening.
If you really want ‘whiter’ teeth there is only one real option and that is to have them professionally whitened. Toothpaste can’t transform a set of yellowed teeth to pearly white gnashers.
That said, I do believe there is benefit to be gained from using such a paste and that with long term continued use it can to some degree improve your teeth colour by not only removing stains, but reducing the ease with which they form in future, creating a protective layer almost that resists such.
Vitalize is more about protection on the tooth surfaces with re-mineralisation and toning the gums, results that are much harder to see and feel (view on Amazon).
Priced at £3.50 per tube but available from as little as £2 this is not an expensive paste and can often be picked up on a deal offered by retailers.
Stocked in many of the leading supermarkets and chemists it is also easily accessible and is not some special purchase or online only product. For a relatively small amount less it is in my opinion justifiable that this paste is worth the extra spend over your normal go to cheaper paste.
For those really keen on getting a quicker white teeth fix without cosmetic processes, Nu Skins AP24 paste and Oral-B’s 3D White Luxe Perfection and Accelerator are great options and worth considering in preference to this 3D White variant, the results will likely be more impressive.
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 flecks of blue
- Minty taste but very mild and almost too weak in flavour
- Not a particularly frothy paste
- Reduces and removes tooth staining
- Can be effective in 2 weeks, removing up to 80% of surface stains
- Does not whiten teeth through bleaching
- Fairly reasonable price at £3.50 per tube
Conclusion, is Oral-B 3D White Brilliance & Vitalize Toothpaste any good?
I am not the ideal candidate to test the Brilliance toothpaste on because my teeth are already naturally quite white and the Vitalize paste helps protect the teeth and gums in ways that are not that easy to see and monitor.
They could be whiter, but there is a limit to what toothpaste can do for me now compared to a year or so ago when I have never used a whitening paste.
To really gain benefit from a whitening paste like this you need to be in a position where you currently have poorer health care of the mouth or have not used whitening toothpastes before, to really see a big difference.
However, that said it can be that more is being done than you realise and that is always obvious to us on a glance.
Whilst I can’t find any reason to really fault or say this paste is bad, the possible improvements post use have not been seen.
I was also disappointed by the freshness provided post clean, it did not give the zingy fresh feeling that many other pastes do, it was much more muted, which may be ore to your preference.
Therefore overall I personally believe for the money there are better toothpastes out there, the 3D White Luxe Perfection and Accelerator pastes from Oral-B as just one example.
- Where can I buy Oral-B 3D White Brilliance & Vitalize Toothpaste?
- You may not find it in every store, but most large high street supermarket outlets should stock it along with chemists like Boots and Superdrug.
- What are the ingredients in Oral-B 3D White Brilliance & Vitalize?
- Brilliance – Aqua, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Fluoride, Carbomer, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, CI 77891, Limonene, Mica, Glycerin, CI 73360, CI 74160.
- Vitalize – Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol, Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Aroma, CI 77891, Carbomer, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, CI 74160.
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- It has a mild mint flavour which does not last or as long as one would hope post clean.
- 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.