Unlike most reviews I complete, I have not personally tested this product.
I have taken this approach as the evidence and feedback provided by others online, confirmed my suspicions.
Whilst I like normally to go hands-on, I feel that buying, testing and reviewing based on this, would be a poor use of time and I prefer not to purchase from companies who are making/selling poor quality products.
As such, this review does not include quite the same level of detail that I would usually go into. But, I have written a review as I feel it is my duty to make you aware of the concerns I have about buying such a toothbrush.
DO NOT buy the AutoBrush toothbrush!
It is not able to clean the teeth anywhere near the standard necessary to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.
Using this product alone on a daily basis puts the health of your teeth and gums at risk alone.
- Battery status icon
- Donations made to the American Dental Association
- It does not clean the teeth very well
- Poor fitting mouthpiece
- Special foaming toothpaste required
The 3 BIG questions about the AutoBrush
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the AutoBrush mouthpiece toothbrush. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full AutoBrush review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
Yes, unlike most other toothbrush products, there is a problem here.
It does not clean the teeth very well.
Conceptually it is a good idea, but in practice it leaves lots of plaque and debris on the teeth and will put your oral health at risk if used on a long term basis.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
AutoBrush is a little different to your conventional toothbrush.
Whilst there are other mouthpiece toothbrushes as listed within our mouthpiece toothbrush article, I am unable to recommend any at the time of review.
Whilst not a mouthpiece toothbrush, you might want to consider 30 Second Smile. Designed more like a regular toothbrush, it is able to clean both the top and bottom teeth at the same time, thanks to the 2 brush heads.
However, a more conventional alternative would be the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100.
A cost effective, strong performing electric toothbrush it cleans the teeth really well.
It boasts several weeks of battery life, a built-in timer, and pacer to encourage brushing for the right amount of time and comes with a pressure sensor to stop you brushing too hard.
3. Where is the best place to buy the AutoBrush mouthpiece toothbrush?
You need to head to www.tryautobrush.com, this is the only place you can buy this particular product. There are many similar products sold online, but AutoBrush sell direct only.
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The following review is completed by a dental hygienist from the team at Hygiene Edge.
The video does not cover all the things you might like to know about the AutoBrush, however, what it does show is how well (or not) it cleans the teeth, and that is the most important thing.
Hygiene Edge complete a plaque disclosing test which I feel is essential to show just how poorly a toothbrush like this cleans the teeth.
And now for a bit more detail…
This toothbrush is a bit different to those that you might be familiar with.
It is part of a new style of toothbrush, designed to clean all the tooth surfaces at the same time, instead of cleaning just 1 like manual and electric toothbrushes do.
They have several names, but most commonly it is referred to as a mouthpiece toothbrush.
Who are AutoBrush?
AutoBrush is brand that is owned and managed by Basis, a sales and marketing company based in San Diego California.
Basis (thebasis.io) is founded by Christopher Lander.
According to their website ” We are a hands on full stack marketing company. We create, manage, and own everything we touch. We do it all from research & development, manufacturing, design, branding, marketing, media, sales, and customer service, for every brand we create.”
AutoBrush is just one of the brands they manage.
From what I can tell, the AutoBrush product has not been completely designed and manufactured solely by Basis. They appear to be using a product designed and made in the far east by another company/manufacturer but this has been customized and packaged under the AutoBrush brand.
This is not uncommon in the dental industry. Many brands do this, however in more recent times the introduction of automatic/mouthpiece style toothbrushes has seen a surge in this type of approach, with some put in more effort than others.
AutoBrush have put more effort in with their own brand and packaging. Compare this to HiBrush for example, which literally shipped a product called V-White, yet marketed and sold it as if it was their own creation.
AutoBrush do not specialize only in dental products and there appears not to to be any dental professionals working within the company.
A nice touch is that they do donate to the American Dental Association to help fun educational campaigns.
On the AutoBrush website it states:
Every investment you make in your smile is a gift to a child who needs our help getting the dental care they need to stay healthy. We donate a portion of our proceeds, on your behalf, to charities that provide dental care to children. Thank you for your support of this important cause!
And they do show this letter which appears to confirm a sizeable donation.
How does it work?
AutoBrush is not like the toothbrush you are used to.
Instead of cleaning 1 surface of the teeth at any one time by moving the brush around the mouth, with AutoBrush it allows you to clean all the teeth surfaces at the same time.
You bite gently into the mouthpiece and the silicone bristles make contact with the front, back and top of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaw.
As the cleaning action is designed to clean all surfaces at the same time, it can do so in less time if you were brushing with a regular toothbrush.
You should brush for at least 120 seconds. This means that for the average mouth with 32 teeth, you clean each surface for just 1.25 seconds.
The brushing action lasts for 30 seconds. This means every surface gets brushed 24x longer, yet the total toothbrushing duration less. However, this doesn’t really matter as it doesn’t clean the teeth very well.
These are the directions provided by AutoBrush on how to use their product.
- Step 1: Place AutoBrush battery capsule on charging base. The battery life indicator on the battery capsule features 4 lights that will blink until remaining active. All four lights will remain active once fully charged. Full charges last for up to 3 hours.
- Step 2: Attach one Brush Head to the battery capsule. Run our Whitening Foam Toothpaste along top and bottom of Brush Head from one end to the other and insert into your mouth. Bite down so silicone bristles wrap around all teeth, top and bottom, inside and out.
- Step 3: Firmly press button on front face of battery capsule. It will automatically vibrate to brush all teeth and gums simultaneously. AutoBrush uses the ADA approved BASS Technique: high vibrational frequencies to effectively remove harmful bacteria and break up plaque.
- Step 4: For a deeper clean, grip and move the battery capsule from left to right while AutoBrush automatically cleans for at least 30 seconds. You can press the button again for multiple modes, including three different vibration modes. All modes include our dental-grade LED blue light (tested safe for sensitive teeth) to also automatically whiten your teeth as you clean!
- Step 5: Wait for your AutoBrush session to end automatically, or hold the power button to end prematurely. Remove Brush Head from mouth, spit and rinse once done. Build up easily rinses off antibacterial, silicone Brush Head with little water.
Variants of this toothbrush
The most current and promoted version of the product is ‘version 3’ or ‘V3’.
It is available in several different colors, they are:
Technically each AutoBrush is the same, as is the box contents, what differs is the color of the rubber/silcone handpiece.
Version 3, replaces version 2, which you can still buy at the time of review.
Compared to version 2, the 3rd generation product benefits from:
- It is now waterproof to prevent the battery connectors from rusting.
- It includes a battery indicator light so you know how much charge is remaining.
- The LED blue light stays on for 10 minutes and is 5X brighter for additional whitening power.
- There is a higher frequency of vibrations to get rid of even more plaque and bacteria!
- Completely wireless charging.
There is also a kids version of AutoBrush. It is very similar in terms of design and features.
The primary difference is that the silicone grip on the handpiece is replaced with an animal/charachter theme to make it more engaging.
The other difference is the size of the mouthpiece supplied. You can choose from one suitable for kids aged 3-7 and 8+.
This review is focused on the adult variant.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x AutoBrush V3
- 1 x AutoBrush brush head
- 1 x AutoBrush charging base
- 1 x USB Charging Cable
- Cleans all the teeth at the same time
- 3 cleaning modes
- Silicone mouthpiece
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- Automatic power off
- Blue LEDs for whitening
- Battery status indicator
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the AutoBrush.
- Battery status icon – Feedback on how much power remains in the built-in rechargeable battery.
- Donations made to the American Dental Association – AutoBrush are helping support worthwhile causes to promote better dental health.
- It doesn’t clean the teeth very well – It does not, nor cannot clean the teeth very well at all. You feel movement in the bristles but they don’t remove the plaque.
- Special foaming toothpaste required – Regular toothpaste does not work, you have to buy a foaming toothpaste to fit in the mouthpiece.
Design, usability, clean & general use
AutoBrush offer a number of different packages via their website. Each of these packages contain different items.
You can buy the AutoBrush on its own, through to a bundle with a tongue cleaner and whitening gels.
You need to at very least buy a bundle that includes the foaming toothpaste as this is required to make use of AutoBrush and you can’t yet buy foaming toothpaste from stores you would usually buy regular tubes of toothpaste.
Whilst they sell adults and kids versions, the difference being the handpiece design and the size of the brush head, it is the adult version I am reviewing here.
You can buy it in 4 colors:
In the box you get the handpiece ortherwise known and the battery capsule, the brush head otherwise known as the mouthpiece, a charging stand and a USB cable.
As the name implies the battery capsule has the rechargeable battery inside it along with all the other electronics to make this work.
The whole unit is coated in a silicone rubber material which is quite soft to the touch, but is textured to aid with grip and give it a bit of an interesting design flare.
At the top of the handpiece is a metal shaft to which the removable brush head fits. You simply push the head on and pull it off.
Where the shaft extends from the handpiece there is a plastic panel, under which sits blue LEDs that can be used to help whiten the teeth.
The handpiece will stand upright on a countertop because the base is flat.
On the front, in the centre is the power button, to turn it on and sleect the different modes.
Above there are 4 small LEDs that are blue in color. These show the battery status information. 3 or 4 LEDs lit means there is good power in remaining, just 1 lit, then the battery needs recharging soon.
The unit is supposed to be waterproof, but I am not sure how effective the water resistance is, so I would recommend not to use it in the shower.
The brush head is a U shaped piece of silicone.
Inside are rows of silicone bristles. It is like a mouthguard, you bite into it and the teeth fit into the U shaped head and the bristles are then supposed to reach all surfaces of the teeth, in both the top and bottom arch.
It is a one size fits all approach for adults. It will fit the majority of peoples mouths, but as has been found with other mouthpiece toothbrushes, the fit isn’t great for all and the bristles don’t always reach the gumline, or all the teeth.
Naturally, the fact that the mouthpiece does not fit well for everyone is very concerning, areas of the teeth and gums will not get cleaned.
AutoBrush uses the popular Bass technique for cleaning, but this is no good if it isn’t actually cleaning important areas of the mouth.
The material is soft on the teeth and gums and is really quite flexible though, so a positive?!
To use this, you need to apply some of the special foaming toothpaste AutoBrush sell. The best way I can describe it is a bit like shaving foam. It is thicker, fluffier and not as dense as regular toothpaste. Regular toothpaste will not work with this.
Whilst toothpaste helps with cleaning, it is not the only part, the brush head does most of the work, or should in theory.
It is an odd sensation if you are used to a regular manual or electric toothbrush to bite into this and put it in the mouth to brush, but it is potentially the future if it cleaned the teeth well.
I have listed earlier in this review the instructions on how you should use AutoBrush and they actually have created this video to demonstrate techniques on how to get the best results.
There are 3 modes or speed settings. The theory is you choose the one you are most comfortable with. Think of it like high, medium and low settings. The lower intensity is more comfortable.
The cleaning modes last for 30 seconds, so it is 4 times quicker than regular brushing. Just power the brush on, clean the teeth and at the end of 30 seconds it turns itself off.
Unfortunately, the cleaning results are extremely poor and far below the standard required to consider this as an alternative to a manual or electric toothbrush.
The best was to demonstrate this is using a plaque disclosing solution. Plaque is the reason we clean our teeth, so when the dye clearly shows this as purple/red/blue areas on the teeth, it makes it nice and clear what areas need brushing and how well it performs.
The following images taken from a Hygiene Edge YouTube video confirmed my suspicions of AutoBrush. The results are very poor. A large amount of plaque is missed and not cleaned away.
Moving the handpiece/brush head around quite vigorously, rather than keeping it still during the 30 second cleaning cycle did result in a better clean, but still far from adequate.
Changing the intensity of the clean/cleaning mode makes no noticeable difference.
With results like this, using AutoBrush on a regular basis, with no other dental cleaning appliances would potentially lead to very serious negative consequences for your teeth and gums.
There are many comments online from members of the public that support the disappointment and poor cleaning experience shown in images above.
The screenshot below is taken from a Facebook post on the AutoBrush page.
There are many positive reviews too, but I can’t figure out how, when the results are so poor?!
Stick to a manual or electric toothbrush if you want healthy teeth and gums.
What about those blue lights to help with whitening?
The idea is that you bite into the brush head and have the brush hanging from your mouth for 10 minutes. That is how long the blue LEDs stay on whilst the whitening mode is running.
It is a bit of a waste of time. In theory, blue light can cause the light to reflect slightly differently on the surface of the teeth, to give a temporary whitening effect. My top tip is to brush your teeth regularly and correctly and the effects would be just as good in most instances. Or if you really want white teeth, go and get them professionally whitened.
Like a manual toothbrush, the brush head should be replaced every 3 months for hygiene reasons and cleaning effectiveness. However, I don’t think changing the brush head has any positive benefit.
You do still need to floss when using AutoBrush, it is not a replacement to manual floss or interdental brushes.
Unlike some toothbrushes, it does not have a pressure sensor built-in because the way the brush head is positioned is different and you should not in theory be able to brush with too much force in the same way you can with a regular brush. That said, when moving it, don’t push too hard against the teeth and gums.
There is no 2 minute timer or pacer built-in either as you might have imagined as the clean only lasts for 30 seconds.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- 2 main pieces to Autobrush – handpiece and brush head (mouthpiece)
- Available in 4 colors – black, white, blue and pink
- Grippy texture to the handpiece
- Battery status information via LED’s on handpiece
- Silcone mouthpiece that fits around all the teeth
- Only one size of mouthpiece
- Poor fitting mouthpiece leaving gaps for many
- Cleans all the teeth at the same time
- Cleaning lasts for 30 seconds
- Automatic power off feature
- Plaque disclosing tests clearly shows it fails to clean well enough
- Stick to a manual or electric toothbrush
There is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery built into the the handpiece.
To recharge it you sit the AutoBrush on the provided charging stand/base.
You do not actually connect any wires to the AutoBrush itself, the handpiece charges wirelessly when sat on the charging base.
Where a prong on the charging stand of a Sonicare or Oral-B charging stand usually fits into a recess on the bottom of the brush handle, this is not the case here.
The AutoBrush has a flat base that sits on the flat section of the charging base.
The charging base is white in color and is not color matched to the brush handle.
A provided USB to MicroUSB cable connects to the back of the charging base. This means you can charge it from a USB socket on a laptop or desktop computer, from a USB wall socket or connect the cable to a socket adapter to charge it form the mains.
Such a setup also means it is great if you travel as it can be used internationally, no voltage adapters needed.
When on charge the AutoBrush charges in about 3 hours.
The LED’s on the brush handle give an indication of the remaining power in the handle. There are 4 LEDs each representing roughly 25% of the power.
If 2 LEDs are lit, this means you have about 25-50% power remaining.
It is not clear just how long the AutoBrush is supposed to last for on a single charge, the product pages/website are not clear and make little mention of the battery.
I believe you should get a couple of weeks from a full charge. But bearing in mind that each brushing session is just 30 seconds (1 minute per day) that is about 14 minutes of battery life.
Most toothbrushes last considerably longer. However charging is quick and conveninet.
Summary of battery life
- Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Charging base supplied in the box
- MicroUSB to USB cable connects to charging base
- No physical cable connection to the AutoBrush
- AutoBrush charges wirelessly
- Charging takes approx 3 hours
- LEDs on brush handle show battery status/remaining charge
- Each LED represents approx 25% of remaining power
- Exact battery life unknown – approx 2 weeks
Price & where to buy
AutoBrush offer a number of different products/bundles with different prices.
To keep things simple, I am looking at the AutoBrush V3 bundle which includes 1 toothbrush and a tube of the foaming toothpaste.
The price is $106 at the time of writing.
Spending $100 with AutoBrush automatically qualifies the order for free shipping and 5% off the order value, bringing it to a total of $101.
Buying the AutoBrush on its own, not in the bundle is $99 and the toothpaste $10. Add on the 5% discount for ordering over $100 and the total would be $104.
Prices are always subject to change and I have seen comments to suggest the price was once much higher, but from what I can see it has stabalized around the prices quoted.
That said, often promotional codes exist.
At the time of writing, AutoBrush publicly advertise a 20% off code at the top of their website, bringing the cost of the AutoBrush V3 bundle down to $80.
This is very comparable to a very similar product called V-White, which typically retails around $80.
Either way, these prices are too high for this product, considering its performance.
An excellent, conventional electric toothbrush such as the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 will cost around $50.
With normal toothbrushes, you need to factor in the cost of replacement brush heads.
AutoBrush suggest 3 monthly replacement of the mouthpiece at $10 per time.
At $10 per head this is more favorable than much of the compeition.
With toothbrushes we review here at Electric Teeth, we usually price them over a 3 year period, to give you an idea of ongoing ownership costs.
The cost of owning AutoBrush would be approximately $190 or 17 cents per day.
This is cheaper than HiBrush, and about half the price of Amabrush, one of the first mouthpiece toothbrushes. That doesn’t mean it is a good deal though.
Compared to a regular electric toothbrush, this is a bit more expensive. The likes of the 4100 from Sonicare works out at 13 cents per day. But, that actually cleans the teeth well!
However, you also need to factor in the cost of the special toothpaste, which is $10 a time too. This is at least 2 times more expensive than regular toothpaste.
So as a guide that is approx another $55 over 3 years it is going to cost you extra.
Add this to the 3 year price and you are looking at $245 or 22 cents per day.
What I am ultimately saying here is no matter what the price of this product, do not buy it. Doing so would simply be a waste of money and resources.
Sadly, at the time of writing, there are not really any mouthpiece toothbrushes I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Can only be purchased direct from www.tryautobrush.com
- Bundle containing toothbrush and toothpaste is best value
- List price is around $100
- Save 5% and get free shipping when spending $100
- Discount codes often available
- Fairly easy to save a further 20%
- Can be purchased for around $80 with discount code
- Replacement brush heads $10 a time
- Foaming toothpaste is $10 a tube
- Cost of ownership over 3 years ranges from $0.17-0.22 per day
- Cheaper than some alternative mouthpiece toothbrushes
- Alternative regular electric toothbrush cheaper
Reliability & long term use
I cannot comment on the long term reliability as I have not personally used it and going by the opinion of those who had, I would not want or ask anyone to use this for the long term.
Electric toothbrushes usually have a 1-2 year warranty.
AutoBrush appears not to have a warranty, at best it is 30 days, it is not entirely clear on their website.
According to their returns and refund policy if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return any item that meets their requirements for an exchange, refund, or credit within 30 days.
However, the catch here is for hygiene reasons, they cannot offer refunds or exchanges on goods that have been opened or used.
This makes some logical sense, but how can you know if you are happy with it or not until you have used it?!
The mouthpiece could be replaced with a new one if it were returned and the handpiece sterilized potentially.
They do specifically state that is the charging base fails after 30 days, your only option is to buy a new one.
Such wording like this does give me concern about the reliability of this product, if you did decide to use it long term.
I do think if you were to contact them within 12 months of ownership because something went wrong, you may get a positive outcome, but it is not a guarantee.
As I state at the start of this review, I have not personally gone hands-on with this product, but the information provided by others who have confims my suspicions.
Like most other mouthpiece toothbrushes available today, whilst conceptually they are great, in reality they are not.
They do not clean the teeth well enough for most people. Long term or continued use will put your teeth and gums at risk.
A manual or electric toothbrush (used correctly) will provide much better results for similar or less cost.
Electric Teeth Rating
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush heads or mouthpiece supplied is a silicone molded attachment, specific to this type of product. AutoBrush sell replacements/spares via their website. There is a regular adult sized mouthpiece and 2 kids mouthpieces for children aged 3-7 and 8+.
- Does AutoBrush have a pressure sensor?
- Does AutoBrush have Bluetooth?
- Does AutoBrush come with a warranty & how long is it?
- There is no information to suggest AutoBrush comes with a warranty. Most products of this type come with a 1-2 year warranty as standard. AutoBrush claim you can return it within 30 days if you are not happy. However, you can’t return opened or used products?!
- How long does the battery last?
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included. The brush sits on the recess, where the gold pins are located, whilst a micro USB to USB cable is used to offer power to the stand.
- Can I use AutoBrush in the shower?
- It is said that the AutoBrush is waterproof, so it can be used in the shower. However, I would not recommend it.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
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