Mouthpiece Toothbrushes: Think Twice Before You Buy

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

We strongly advise that you DO NOT buy a mouthpiece/automatic toothbrush.*

Our testing shows they DO NOT clean the teeth very well.

The health of your teeth and gums is AT RISK if you use these products in place of a regular toothbrush.

Unless you have seen reliable evidence that they work as claimed, you should stick to a regular manual or electric toothbrush.

We have seen an increasing number of outlets promote and sell cheap products that are not clinically tested and lack evidence to support the pre-sale claims that they make.

To demonstrate, take a look at the photos below, taken before and after using a mouthpiece toothbrush.

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The purple stuff on the teeth is plaque.  Normally it is colorless, but we used a plaque disclosing solution to show where it exists on the teeth.

Plaque is the very substance that should be removed from the teeth when you brush them.

If it is not removed, in time, you can end up with unhealthy teeth and gums.

This image is from a real-life test of a mouthpiece toothbrush.

You can see how even after use there is a lot of plaque left on the teeth.

Used correctly, a manual or electric toothbrush removes all this plaque.

We have yet to test a mouthpiece toothbrush that works as well as it should.

All of our tests have resulted in before and after images similar to the one shown above.

All of our tests have resulted in before and after images similar to the one shown above.

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Using a mouthpiece may seem like a good idea as it covers all of the teeth at the same time. However, the quality of the brush it gives is much worse than your every day electric toothbrush. This is because it doesn’t reach all the surfaces of the tooth especially in areas like the gum margins where you can get gum disease

Dr Chhaya Chauhan -- In-house dentist -- GDC Number: 83940

Social media adverts -- be aware

We have seen a large number of adverts on social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter that heavily promote this type of toothbrush.

The images and promotional videos suggest that they work.  THEY DON’T.

There will often be lots of 4 and 5* reviews, praising the product.  Don’t believe what you read.

It is very concerning what lengths some manufacturers/suppliers will go to, to try to convince us that these are effective, must have products.

If they were that good, why is it leading dental brands like Oral-B, Sonicare, Colgate, Waterpik and more are not selling these products?

Here are some of the following claims we believe to be false:

  • German dentist Dr Max Spicer helped design this type of product -- We cannot trace this dentist.
  • Voted product of the year -- No indication of who voted it the product of the year.
  • You’ll have perfectly clean teeth -- Our tests suggest otherwise.

We have also noticed the following:

  • Many promotional videos never or rarely show the product in use.
  • There is a heavy use of ‘stock’ images.
  • You never see a real endorsement from a dental professional.
  • The specifications and features listed can differ from what you actually receive.
  • Many of the sites selling the product, you will never have heard of before.
  • Introductory offers being offered, with countdown timers.

Here is an example.

Do not let yourself be misled by these adverts.

They are trying to trick you out of your money.

THINK TWICE before making any purchase. Better still, DON’T BUY.

If you do, you will likely be very disappointed and the product will likely end up in the bin.

If you are unsure, ask us or your dentist for their opinion.

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The same product -- different brands

Mouthpiece toothbrushes are made by a number of different companies/brands.

However, in the vast majority of instances, the product you receive is actually designed and manufactured by one company, V-White.

Often, the website you buy from has a name, but the actual product you receive will make no reference to this.  We know because we have experienced this ourselves.

Here are a list of websites/band names that sell mouthpiece toothbrushes, but we believe what you will receive is a V-White toothbrush.

  • Sonic Brush / Sonicbrush
  • 360SonicBrush
  • Samolike
  • BrushProX
  • Proteeth/Proteeth-dentalcare
  • LazyBrusher
  • Mr-Tooth
  • HiBrush
  • Nuubrush
  • Dentabrush
  • Decoheal Hands-free ultrasonic automatic toothbrush
  • Britebrush
  • WhiterUp
  • Nkdsmile
  • Yessmile
  • Brush Ease
  • Autobit
  • Cyclone Brush
  • JAPAN Kumamoto automatic toothbrush
  • Omnibrush
  • Zhonglihe 360° electric sonic teeth whitening kit
  • GideaTech automatic toothbrush 360°
  • Autobrush

Many of these brands will have customer reviews to help sell the product.  You will see how in many images, it is the V-White toothbrush that is shown.

The following video is my review of V-White (Hibrush).

V-White (Hibrush) Automatic Toothbrush Review [USA]

We will tell you when to buy

We do believe that this type of toothbrush could well be the future, but now and for the foreseeable future, they are no good enough.

We are continually looking for and testing new products.  We read the clinical studies and analyze the data.

We do this with the assistance of highly qualified dental professionals.

Only when it passes our tests and gets the approval of our dental advisers, will we be able to recommend one of these products.

We will update this page when we believe there is a product good and safe enough for you to use. Until then, avoid them.

If you want to be notified when we find such a product, enter your email address in the box below.

Buyers Guide

We have made it quite clear about the current situation with this type of toothbrush.

However, in the coming years they will likely become commonplace as technology and design improves to allow such products to work effectively.

We’ve tried to provide the information we think you’ll find most useful, without getting too bogged down in detail.

Mouthpiece (auto brush) Toothbrushes Explained

What is a mouthpiece toothbrush?

A mouthpiece toothbrush is a new style of dental health product that cleans all the teeth at the same time.

A molded component, often made from silicone, is placed into the mouth and bitten into like you might a mouthguard used for sports. 

This is attached to a handle or handpiece, that sits outside the mouth.  The handpiece includes the motor that moves the bristles in the mouthpiece to clean the teeth.

Whilst ‘mouthpiece toothbrush’ is one name for this type of electric toothbrush, they are also referred to under many other names, including:

  • Mouthguard toothbrush
  • Auto brush
  • Automatic toothbrush
  • 360° electric toothbrush
  • 360° toothbrush
  • Auto toothbrush
  • Full mouth toothbrush
  • U shaped toothbrush
  • Self-brushing toothbrush
  • Hands-free toothbrush
  • Gum shield toothbrush
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How do they work?

Each mouthpiece toothbrush works slightly differently depending on how the creator has developed and manufactured the product.

The underlying principle and theory is very similar to a regular electric toothbrush.

A built-in power source (the battery) will power a motor when the brush is switched on.  The motor drives a series of brush heads/bristles inside the mouthpiece.

The bristles sweep along the tooth and gum surfaces and clean the teeth in a similar fashion to a regular toothbrush.

However, unlike a regular toothbrush, the design means that all 3 surfaces of your teeth are cleaned at the same time, reducing the amount of time you need to brush for.

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Fewer brushing errors -- the human element removed

You can have the most feature-rich and capable electric toothbrush available, but if you don’t correctly position and move it around the mouth, you are not helping yourself.

Brushing for 2 minutes is one thing, but having the right technique is another.

There are recommended ways in which to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush, but this relies on you, the human controlling the brush, to move and position it correctly to allow the bristles to sweep away the plaque and bacteria.

Despite your best efforts, there will be times where your approach is inconsistent, small areas of the mouth may be missed.  It’s normal, it’s human nature.

A mouthpiece toothbrush, in theory, reduces the chance of error.

The mouthpiece is a fixed shape and size and the bristles located to reach and clean the teeth and gums.

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In principle, the mouthguard style brush head reduces the variation in the cleaning technique and positioning during each clean.  This means that in time you can have healthier teeth and gums because you receive a better clean.

The reality of the situation, however, is that currently, no mouthpiece toothbrush achieves a standard of clean that we can even consider satisfactory. The cleaning performance is well below the standards expected.

Reduce brushing time

Believe it or not, using a mouthpiece toothbrush reduces the total brushing time but actually results in each tooth being cleaned for longer.

As little as 3 seconds is all that is required to clean your teeth with a mouthpiece toothbrush, but the default cleaning time is actually set to 10 seconds in most instances.

Even at 10 seconds that is some 110 seconds less than a regular manual or electric toothbrush, every time you brush your teeth.

I could save myself some 48 days in my lifetime by reducing my brushing time to just 10 seconds.

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You only need look at the 30 Second Smile electric toothbrush to see how significant time reduction is possible.

The mouthpiece toothbrush does — believe it or not — actually brush each tooth surface for longer, despite cleaning your teeth for less time.

How?! 

If you think about how you brush your teeth now.  Although you may brush for 2 minutes at a time, you are not spending 2 minutes on each tooth, in fact just a few seconds.

The average adult has 32 teeth.  Each tooth has 3 surfaces that need brushing.

With 96 tooth surfaces to be brushed (32×3) and a normal brushing time of 120 seconds, that is just 1.25 seconds per tooth surface (120/96).

The BIG difference with mouthpiece toothbrushes is that they brush all 3 surfaces at the same time.

Therefore even placing the new mouthpiece brush into your mouth for just 1.25 seconds would, in theory, be equivalent to what you do now.

However, 10 seconds has essentially become the benchmark.

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Are they clinically tested and proven?

No.

We have yet to see a mouthpiece style brush go through rigorous clinical testing.

Some brands suggest that they have worked with dental professionals to develop such products to ensure they perform effectively.  They may well have, but to date, no brush has been given the seal of approval by our in-house dentists.

We have definitely not seen any leading dental bodies approve such products either.

As more brushes come to market, there will likely be some testing and trials that take place.

However, such trials are expensive to conduct and take time, so we do not expect to see reliable results for the foreseeable future, until a larger, better financed brand or company begins to make such a product.

Having myself spoken to many of the product creators, they would not continue with manufacturing and producing a product they do not believe could succeed and deliver beneficial results to the public.

That said, having gone hands-on in our review of Amabrush, we are a little concerned at what we discovered.  A clinical trial is simply not necessary. We can tell you first hand that the cleaning experience is below the standard you would expect.

The following images show the plaque that exists on the teeth before using each toothbrush and after.

Amabrush

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V-White (HiBrush)

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uFunbrush

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Better than a regular electric toothbrush?

No, not if you are judging them on their cleaning performance alone.  They are much worse.

However, whether something is better or not is of course personal opinion.  It depends on your point of view and how exactly we judge these new types of electric toothbrushes.

Of utmost importance is the clean that they deliver.

To date, none have suggested they would offer a better clean than conventional tooth brushing methods.

Amabrush, for example, had specifically cited that their brush will conform to the BASS method which is a widely recognized approach in tooth cleaning, which shows there is a significant level of importance placed on how well the brush actually cleans.

Sadly, in reality, the molded mouthpiece does not offer a consistent and high standard of cleaning we expected.  It is not yet time to ditch the manual or regular electric toothbrush.

Only time and testing will really show how good or bad all of these different brands of mouthpiece brushes are.

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To be worth investing in, the cleaning experience needs to be equivalent to a manual or electric brush.

Of course, a big factor here is convenience.  The reported time saving could be a big appeal for those that are time-poor.

The brushes are unlikely to offer up the same battery life as a regular toothbrush due to the size constraints, so this could be a downside.

Claims are between 2 and 4 weeks.  Of course, this is just a few minutes of running time compared to 1 hour or more available on most regular brushes.

Amabrush did, however, last much longer in our testing.

Features may be limited — the larger handle of a regular brush allows for more technology to be built-in, but that hasn’t stopped the introduction of Bluetooth into some.

What features do they have?

At this time it is not a complete like-for-like with regular electric toothbrushes but there is an increasing similarity with features like Bluetooth and wireless charging being offered.

The core feature is the ability to clean the teeth quickly and effectively, compared to a regular manual or electric toothbrush, or at least that is what is claimed.

Most then benefit from being compact, portable and generally convenient to use.

Each brand/product has its own additional features that make it unique.

Ufunbrush, for example, is designed with the idea that children will be the primary users.  Different sized mouthpieces are available and stickers can be attached to the mouthpiece to make it more ‘fun’ and enjoyable to use.

It is the only one to be powered by a removable battery.

Unico (a failed kickstarter product) was supposed to offer different sized mouthpieces as well as a modular storage system with UV sanitizer along with a smartphone app.  It was also supposed to have a built-in toothpaste dispenser.

Amabrush radically evolved their product and range of accessories due to the high level of funding they received.  

Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app did become a reality.  A wireless charging stand, travel case, UV sanitizer and more accessories were supposed to come. The company went into liquidation in 2019 however.

Who is making them?

In 2017 there were 3 main brands/manufacturers that announced a mouthpiece electric toothbrush.

All 3 introduced and have funded their products via crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Amabrush was the first, with Ufunbrush and Unico following.

Amabrush has to date achieved the greatest level of funding, developed the product furthest and in my mind, presented the best overall package. However, in June 2019, the company went into administration.

They achieved €4,300,000, just shy of 6400%, more than their desired funding goal.

By early 2019 they have turned the concept into a reality, with many customers (ourselves included) having received working units.

Why not take a look at each of the promotional videos they created to secure initial investment.

Original 10-Second Toothbrush | Amabrush® Explained (Top Product 2018 from Kickstarter)
uFunbrush - The Most Creative Toothbrush for Kids

In 2018, Y-Brush was announced and has been successfully funded.

It looks to be the most serious competitor to Amabrush (now no longer trading).

As of early 2020, the first units are beginning to ship.  We still await ours.

There is an ever increasing number of companies who appear to be trying to cash in on this evolution in oral healthcare products.

At the start of this article in the section ‘The same product -- different brands’ we listed companies selling these types of products.

Unlike the brands listed earlier, the following do appear to be making their own products:

  • Otobrush
  • Unobrush
  • Huojo automatic electric toothbrush
  • Anabrush
  • Anself auto 360
  • Chiz toothbrush 4.0

Cheap alternatives and replicas

Hopefully, it is clear already, that currently, it is not worth buying a mouthpiece toothbrush.

We say this having tested what is arguably the best example or attempt at a mouthpiece brush to date, Amabrush.

However, there are many companies trying to tempt you to buy one.

It is quite likely that you will see an advert on Facebook, Instagram or across the internet for what appears to be very cheap alternatives to the Amabursh and Y-Brush products mentioned here.

Quite honestly, from what we can tell these are just companies trying to make a quick bit of cash at your expense.

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Whilst we have not tested them all, detailed research shows many are copies or re-badged versions of the same product, made by V-White.

The websites selling these are very poor with little information about the brush, how it works and what it offers.  The sites have little or no information about the company who makes them, how to contact them or where they are based.  Many of the reviews appear fake and overly positive.

When you actually find a review from a real customer, they generally have nothing other than bad things to say.

Some products also advertise ‘whitening’ features, which in itself is a warning sign because even if this were to be effective (which it won’t be), it’s a dangerous over-simplification.

The reality is these products are nothing more than cheap, low quality, inferior replicas/copies sold at a fraction of the price.  They do not work and should not be bought.

We are more than happy to praise those that offer something generally good, but unfortunately, we have no evidence to date of any offering something that even comes close.

How much do they cost?

The cost depends on the brand you go for and the package you select from what is on offer.

Prices start from as little as $60/£45/€50 with the average starter kit being $120/£90/€100

If you are thinking that this is expensive compared to a regular electric toothbrush, then yes there is a bit of a premium to be paid, but that is necessary for the advantage and claimed innovation they bring.

From 2017-19, when you purchased one, you were usually backing the brands crowdfunding campaign.

In some instances, this is still the case, but many are now taking orders via their own websites and shipping the product relatively quickly.

There are those cheap copies mentioned above that ship instantly and can cost as little as $25/£20/€20 but can be sold at more than $130/£100/€115.

Where can I see and buy them?

You won’t see these products in your local dentists’ office, pharmacy or supermarket.

Even if you did, avoid them at this time.

Because these products are being sold by relatively unknown brands, the majority are sold via direct to consumer methods, bypassing traditional outlets.

You normally have to go direct to the companies website to order it and have it sent to your home.  Only then do you get to see it.

Some brands do sell via larger marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, but again you have to order and pay for it to be delivered before you get to handle it.

What do the reviews say?

Any reputable review will ultimately tell you to stay clear of these products for the time being.

The first we reviewed was Amabrush.

We have also tested Hibrush and uFunbrush, to name just a couple.

None of those where have handled have scored highly.

This is backed up by comments from others online who have bought, tried and tested such products.

Ultimately it is still relatively early days in terms of reviews for mouthpiece toothbrushes because so few products exist.  If you do see any positive reviews, really question why this is.

If you think you have stumbled on a product that is generally getting good praise, check with us or your dental professional before committing.

Your opinions

Do you own or have you used any of these automatic/mouthpiece style toothbrushes?

Do you agree with what we say?

Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?

Your opinion is really valuable to us and other potential mouthpiece toothbrush owners.

Or, if you have a question, please do ask in the comments below.

*This recommendation is given based on our own hands-on testing of multiple mouthpiece toothbrushes and the experiences of others we have learned of. We are not able to test every product and there may well be a product that does perform better and could be worth buying. But, given the lack of clinical data to support their effectiveness, we still urge caution.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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70 thoughts on “Mouthpiece Toothbrushes: Think Twice Before You Buy”

  1. It is a pity that advertising promises and customer reviews can no longer be believed at all and that the advertised products are only ever sold and advertised to enrich the manufacturers. It seems to be likewise completely all the same to these whether they cause damage with the lies with bona fide and trusting buyers or not. This greed for money is horrible and in my opinion it is often already fraud on the customer.

    UltraBrush 360°:
    https://ultrabrush360.co citation:
    “Ultrabrush – the breakthrough ultrasonic toothbrush that is safe and healthier for teeth and gums (and I tested it!)”
    I found your site by chance when I saw the promising application of “UltraBrush 360°” in a commercial on YouTube today. This is supposed to be a new product with additional ultrasonic cleaning, which I unfortunately do not see listed here yet. But I think that I should still keep my hands off it to protect my teeth.
    Maybe this reference to this “tooth cleaning device” is interesting for you after all, even if it is perhaps only suitable to complete your negative list.

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    • Thanks for sharing. From what I can see this is just another re-branded v-white product and won’t clean the teeth well. Stay clear for now.

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  2. Im interested in knowing when one of these new U shaped toothbrushes become available that meets your medical approval. Please put me on that list!

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    • Thanks Randy, I have added you to the list. You will receive an email from us, please click the link in that email to confirm you wish to receive the updates.

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  3. Thanks Jon,

    Just for fun, I will bet that out of all the names for this type of toothbrush, people will ultimately adopt “hands-free”. At least in the US. That’s what drew me to the whole thing. I’m glad for your insight. I also really like your term “mouthpiece”, as that certainly speaks for itself.

    Also nice touch on the “Confirm you are not a spammer”. A simple but effective way to thwart a nice chunk of spambots.

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    • An ultrasonic mouthpiece? I think this might just be a name rather than actually being ultrasonic. Have you seen one specifically?

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    • Will do David.

      I have recently received and am testing a product called Y-Brush. This could be the answer, but I don’t want to speak too soon. More testing needed.

      Watch this space. I will be posting a clear update as soon as is possible.

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  4. Thank you for your insight. I was very close to buying and testing such a mouth tooth brush but I’ll heed your advice and wait.

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  5. Any updates yet? I saw one called go-smile that you haven’t reviewed yet. It seems intriguing, and the reviews are hit or miss. It either works great or it’s horrible. Nothing really in between.

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    • Hi Jon.

      I had not heard of go-smile. Having looked it up, I am sceptical as to whether it would be any better.

      Whilst I can’t say for sure, my money would be on it not performing as expected.

      Aside from that, there is little in the way of updates.

      I have just received Y-Brush, which I am testing. Initial impressions are that is performs better than most others, but still not to the standard expected. However, more testing to do.

      I will update this article as soon as I can.

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  6. Thank you for your time on this.
    With all this information and part of the work done it would seem a better product could be developed. I’m a designer and a very lazy brush and flosser. As well as a tool nerd. Also have genetically poor and sensitive teeth. Was hoping for a magic bullet and of course it’s a novelty/gimmick/scam item.
    My voyage was:
    Saw an ad and went to amazon to see if product was cheaper than $60.
    Then saw all the knock offs and read some reviews.
    Then googled a product one of the reviewers mentioned as “great” and found you.
    This is an easy way to figure out any product validity if it seems gimmicky.
    This one did not pass sniff test.

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  7. Im interested in knowing when one of these new U shaped toothbrushes become available that meets your medical approval. Please put me on that list!

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  8. Thanks for this article! It sure saves people a lot of time and effort.
    I also found out something else about all the “5 star” reviews. On the website of Ultra Brush and Sonicare (which are almost exactly the same websites by the way!), if you click on the reviews you can clearly see that most images are EXACTLY the same but with DIFFERENT names and texts!! So that shows that ALL THEIR REVIEWS are FAKE!!
    People be aware, and do your own research so you will see it with your own eyes!

    Too bad I can’t post the screenshots I took on this comment section.

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  9. Saw this on YouTube I was interested as it seemed like a sound idea. Some of the footage in the ad seemed like stock footage, and the silicone bristles seemed too large for cleaning properly. But it’s a new product, so I went to checkout http://www.brushprox.com, and I was met by the first scam giveaway.

    ***THE MAIN PAGE***
    When I clicked on order button, the site had a fake loading bar noting that they were checking warehouses for availability. To prove it was fake I opened the browser dev tools and saw that no related outgoing and incoming web traffic was shown. They weren’t checking anything.

    The second sign of a scam on this page was when I clicked on the “Contact”, “Terms of Use”, and “Privacy Policy” links on the bottom of the main page. All three of these links pointed to the same address

    “https://www.getbrushpro%20x.com/contact-us?qty=1”

    Which isn’t a navigable URL. “%20” is a space and spaces aren’t allowed in URL names also why pass a quantity. “qty=1”

    ***THE ORDER PAGE***
    This page kept showing a ticker every 5 seconds that others (e.g. Nathan S. from Blue Ridge, etc.) were buying the product. I watched those for a while, and names and cities stated to repeat. I went away for an hour to do something else, came back and refreshed the page, and the same “people” from the same “cities” were still “purchasing” the product. One of the the tickers said this product [BrushProX] was in high demand and a their best selling product they offered. It was the only product offered on the site?

    This website was hastily put together and full of errors, and even lies about checking warehouses. So I did research for actual reviews and came across this web site. Wanted to warn others to avoid this scam, and how they can spot scams in the future. Hope this helps 🙂

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    • Andrew.

      Thanks for the detailed comment. You have explained and confirmed many of the same thoughts and experiences we have.

      At this stage such products are best avoided.

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  10. Recently, I purchased the Autobrush for my kids, it goes for 30 seconds with just regular kids toothpaste.
    And I’m satisfied with it, otherwise my kids would barely brush for 10 seconds at the same spot and just spit the rest of the toothpaste out.

    I go ahead and brush with a regular toothbrush for 2min.

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    • Thanks for sharing Paul. You have every right to be cynical. Save the cash and check back here in the future. We will update when there is a product that really is worth investing in.

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  11. Literally in the middle of watching the ad, which turned up while watching YouTube. It looked suspicious, so I paused it and googled the doctors name. I had an inkling the doctor didn’t exist. All I can find is his own website for this gadget, but any renowned doctor with an invention would have peer reviewed scientific coverage in medical/dentistry journals etc. They would back their claims with relevant references and as a very minimum their credentials should be on a LinkedIn profile. Nothing turns up. I am sticking to brushing my teeth with a tooth brush. Thank you for your coverage of this gadget and the “doctor”.

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  12. Just checking in on this because it was published awhile ago. Are there currently any options on the market that either seem to be or have been clinically proven effective?
    Thanks

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    • Hi Julia.

      No, I am afraid not.

      There is a product called Y-Brush, which we have on order and is due to be delivered soon. This could possibly be a ‘better’ option, but we will have to wait and see, I am yet to be wholly convinced.

      There are certainly none that have been proven clinically effective.

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  13. Your article stopped me from buying one of those. Thank you.

    Just wondering how before-after pictures would look like when an electric toothbrush is used

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    • Hi Tuyen,

      Thanks for the comment. Glad it was helpful.

      I don’t have an image to hand to show you how they would look after brushing with an electric toothbrush. But, all the purple dye that is shown on the teeth in these images would be gone.

      Essentially the teeth would be clean and free of plaque.

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  14. Would a “sonic” electric toothbrush clean teeth better than an “ordinary ” electric toothbrush? I’m considering changing my Oral B to a Philips. Is there any difference?

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    • Phillip.

      This is a great question. The short answer is no.

      Essentially, both a sonic toothbrush, like those made by Philips Sonicare, provides an equivalent cleaning performance to an oscillating-rotating toothbrush made by Oral-B.

      For most people, improving their brushing technique, brushing time and routine would have a bigger impact than the type of electric toothbrush used.

      For example, brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time compared to twice a day for just 1 minute is going to be more beneficial than any particular style of toothbrush.

      However, there is evidence that supports the case that the sonic toothbrushes made by Sonicare are better than Oral-B oscillating-rotating toothbrushes. And, there is of course evidence to suggest Oral-B is better than Sonicare.

      The most recent data that analyzed a number of studies concluded, Oral-B is probably better overall, but the difference was not that significant and more research was needed.

      You might find my article, Oral-B vs Sonicare a useful read.

      I hope this helps. If you need more assistance, please let me know.

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  15. Just curious, did you test the performance of Amabrush using it for something like 60 seconds instead of 10 seconds? I’m curious if more time like that could significantly improve their performance.

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    • Hi Eric.

      I did test the likes of Amabrush for longer periods of time, such as 60 seconds. The cleaning ability wasn’t really any better.

      There were marginal improvements (by no means close to the standard it should be) if you used for an extended period of time and aggressively moved the mouthpiece around as best as possible to give more of a brushing effect. But a lot of effort and really feels like it is going against the concept a little.

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  16. I have wanted these brushes to be good ever since I saw the original ads but they all suffer from one clear problem… people have inconsistencies and different shapes to their bite and mouth… the only way a product like this has any chance of working is if a dentist creates a mold of an individuals mouth first.

    I would love to see someone actually partner with dental offices to do this and provide a quality “fitted” product similar to the amabrush. I’d sign up for that in a heartbeat.

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  17. You say several times in the article that your testing shows they dont measure up to manual brushing (yet), and that the standard of cleaning they provide is unsatisfactory.
    Which is more or less what my suspicions were of these devices.

    However the more times you repeated that sentiment the more I found myself asking a few unanswered questions aloud.

    What were your tests?
    How did you measure the level of cleanliness?
    What manual brushes were they tested against?
    How did you establish a baseline for cleanliness?
    Did the level of cleanliness increase the longer the device was in your mouth, or did it plateau after a certain duration?

    Your article reflected my assumptions of the product, but to inform myself further I’d really like to hear the process you used to reach your conclusions.

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    • Thanks for the questions, and I can understand why you are asking these. I am happy to provide further information.

      Just to be clear, we have not performed ‘clinical’ tests. We are not testing these products under the sort of strict guidelines that would be followed if a study or detailed/medically accurate research was being completed.

      The way we test these products is much like you might at home if you were comparing one product with another. You try each product out looking for similarities and differences. The added benefit we have is that we have tested many different electric toothbrushes, which most have not.

      So, with this in mind, please find further explanation to the questions asked.

      What were your tests?

      Our tests were regular toothbrushing on a daily basis. We compared the brushing experience and the sensation on cleanliness after use in comparison to manual and electric toothbrushes.

      We went through 24 hour periods where we would not brush our teeth, allowing for lots of plaque to build up. We would then disclose the plaque using disclosing tablets. We would then brush the teeth with the mouthpiece toothbrushes as per the directions from the manufacturer and see how much plaque was actually removed.

      In most instances very little plaque was actually removed, meaning a large amount of disclosed plaque remained. Compare this to manual brushing or using an electric toothbrushing, this would no longer exist in such volume.

      These tests were repeated several times to come to the conclusion (with photographic evidence) that they don’t clean as well as a manual or electric toothbrush.

      How did you measure the level of cleanliness?

      The plaque disclosing tablets were the main measure of how clean the teeth were. Effectively cleaned teeth would have very little or no disclosed plaque remaining after brushing. This was not the case with the mouthpiece toothbrushes.

      When plaque disclosing agents were not being used, we would just go by personal sensation and feeling post clean. We often could see or feel plaque and debris left on the teeth and gums and even foodstuffs still caught up in the teeth.

      What manual brushes were they tested against?

      Primarily the Curaprox CS5460 Ultra Soft toothbrush.

      We did also test against a large range of electric toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Genius 9000, Sonicare DiamondClean and more.

      How did you establish a baseline for cleanliness?

      Plaque removal was the baseline in our tests, as this is the reason we brush our teeth.

      Did the level of cleanliness increase the longer the device was in your mouth, or did it plateau after a certain duration?

      Because we are not using scientific methods to conduct the measurement and comparison it is hard to say for certain. Perhaps marginally the level of cleanliness increased, if in the mouth for 1 minute compared to 30 seconds lets say. However, more than this and I can’t say any noticeable improvement was seen. Most improvement was achieved by essentially wiggling the mouthpiece around the mouth and forcing the bristles to have more contact with the teeth and gums, but even then this was again a marginal improvement considering.

      We will be the first to say that our tests do not stand up the clinical trial standards etc, but we don’t think you have to be an expert to see or discover that upon using the products they don’t work as well as advertised.

      We look forward to seeing propper clinical testing being completed on these types of products.

      I hope these answers help.

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  18. Wish I’d done a bit more thourall research. I had been seeing these things pop up continuously over the past year or so and bought one that arrived a week ago. I definitely can tell it doesnt clean nearly as well as my actual electric toothbrush (one that pulses not moving parts). The only part I really like is how it “massages” my gums, over the last week incorporating its use throughout the day, my gums feel better. I do work out of town, like away from a sink for 15-16 hours a day, so going to try to use throughout the day and keep normal brush for when at the hotel and see if itll help with my gum problems at least.

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  19. I’m glad that I read your review before I made an “impulse buy” on ebay. I recently had to have a deep cleaning and scraping and have receding gums. I thought this might be a way to reduce the damage, but if these mouthpiece devices do not clean BETTER than a regular toothbrush, I won’t purchase one. I’m going with a Sonicare electric. Just have to not press as hard as in the past.

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  20. So happy I decided to research before purchasing. I almost got sucked into buying one called the SnoWhite Pro for $89.99 which was the 50% off sale price (and free shipping was offered too for today only)! Thanks so much for your teeth and wallet saving information!

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  21. I really wish really wish I’d done some research before purchasing a mouthpiece toothbrush, but I’m guilty of a late-night impulse buy. I bought it for my 24 y.o. handicap son. I suspect it will be worthless. I’m still waiting for the toothbrush to arrive, but I’ll let you know what I think once I have a chance to try it out. The brand is Sonicbrush.

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    • Hi Michelle.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

      I hadn’t come across that brand before, but taking a look it is just the same as all the others from what I can see.

      Please do test it when it arrives and let me know what you do think, but I am not sure you will be sold on it.

      These brushes could be useful for many people, but those with disabilities can potentially be some of the biggest winners of such technology. Many have looked at these as an option for those with restricted arm movement etc.

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    • I, too, was hoping this would be the solution for independent toothbrushing for my young adult daughter with disabilities. Luckily I read this review before buying. (I have learned…the hard way…to do this with EVERY purchase, especially online.) I am hoping this technology will be perfected, so that in the future it will be a solution for people with physical disabilities. Thank you for the review.

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  22. I use my V-White at work as a means to brush on the go. This cannot replace a daily flossing and brushing routine. I think using this during the day fits my busy schedule and seems to work well.

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    • Having used a V-white product, I am surprised you are continuing to use this at all. The results from my hands on testing has shown it has no real ability to clean the teeth.

      However, if you are keeping up with a regular brushing and flossing routine than great!

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  23. I, unfortunately, didn’t see my DDS for 5 years. When I returned for a cleaning I found I had problems. My biggest worry was the # of sixes they found when measuring my gums. I bought a Sonic Care diamond and used the deep cleanse to help my gums. My dr sells them @ her price ((lower than Walmart). It saved my gums! I would never use one of these. Thanks Jon. And no, I’m not with Sonic Care.

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    • I have not purchased and/or tested the Autobrush but I am 99% sure it is a repackaged version of V-White Automatic Toothbrush.

      I have tested HiBrush, which was in fact just a website name. I got sent V-White.

      It is awful and I advise you to stay well clear.

      Click here to read my HiBrush review.

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  24. Hi Jon — I’m glad I came across your website. I am a dentist practicing in MD and was investigating these devices for my elderly patients, those with physical disabilities and those with limited manual dexterity. A lot of these patients also have periodontal disease, extruded teeth, bone loss, gum recession, etc., as a result. I was hoping that this would be a better, more viable option than a home daycare, or nursing home provider, brushing for the patient with a prescription toothpaste. I do presently also have them use an Oral B electric toothbrush on them, as for all my patients. I believe that is the best option presently. I was planning on ordering a couple of these to try out, but am glad that you have confirmed my initial suspicions. I think when the big players (Colgate, Oral B, etc) introduce their versions, if at all, they will have more sound R&D and studies, rather than anecdotal reports. Thanks.

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    • Hi Dr Dalal,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I can completely see why you would look at these products as an option for the patients you describe. It is a shame they don’t work as intended.

      As you say when Colgate, Oral-B etc products their versions, I would agree that they will be better and have more research and development completed.

      It surprises me they have not yet come up with a solution, but I fear they may well be struggling to get a reliable, working option that is ready for the general public.

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  25. I’ve been researching these automatic toothbrushes as well, and the Amabrush does not test near as well as the Anjelah or the V-white brush. The Amabrush charging station corrodes quickly, and the vibrations are far less than the others mentioned. From what I’ve read, the V-white seems to be the clear winner in best auto brush. Search for reviews done with plaque tablets, you’ll see the V-brush far out performs the others in plaque removal as well.

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    • Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for the comment.

      What part of the Amabrush charging station corrodes? It is mainly plastic.

      I am not sure reviews of the V-White brush you have seen, but I have just completed testing this and it is worse than Amabrush.

      A full review will be online soon, but I advise people to stay well clear.

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      • I really wish I’d found this site before buying a “Nuubrush” (repackaged v-white once you get it delivered)

        It’s absolutely awful. I would get better results by putting toothpaste on a damp towel and pressing it against my teeth.

        STAY AWAY. The company refused to refund the product, but I contacted my bank’s fraud department and told them exactly what happened and they reversed the charge.

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        • Hi Nathan.

          Sorry to hear you have had to go through the pain and experience of these terrible products.

          I am trying to spread the word/message about how these products don’t work.

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        • I am having the same issue with getting a refund. I took mine out of the envelope and the plastic surrounding the box ripped and they are telling me that my refund is voided because of that. I will be trying to contact my bank as well.

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  26. Hi. I am about to have surgery on my right hand. Since I am right handed, would this be a temporary alternative for about one month or should I stick with my awkward left hand brushing? I am aware they are not good yet, but might be worth it for this instance.

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