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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 that with limited exceptions 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.

Our findings are supported by at least 2 clinical studies, both of which do not advise using such products. (link to clinical data section).

SymplBrush is the best product to date.  It achieves surprising results.  But, It is very technique sensitive and expensive.  It is by no means a must buy product.

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

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An evolving marketplace

This style of toothbrush is still relatively new, and as the months go by new products are being created.

As a consequence, the marketplace is forever changing as is the quality, price, and efficacy of these devices.

Small improvements in quality and cleaning results have been seen since the very first items of this type were launched.

SymplBrush is the best performing product to date. The cleaning results are impressive, if used correctly.  You need to master the technique to achieve good results.  Even then it still falls short of the standard required to replace a regular toothbrush. It is currently only sold in the USA.

Unfortunately, not all manufacturers and sellers are focused on how well the product works.

We have seen an alarming increase in the number capitalising on the unique design and lack of testing, to sell poor quality products to unsuspecting members of the public.

Many lack the evidence to support the pre-sale claims they make.

Poor cleaning results – the evidence

To demonstrate the poor cleaning results that these products currently offer, take a look at the photos below.

In the first image you will see a photo of my teeth taken before and after using a mouthpiece toothbrush.

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The purple stuff on the teeth is plaque.  Normally it is colourless, but I have 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.

SymplBrush is the automatic toothbrush to provide the best results to date, as shown in the image below.

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But, whilst pretty impressive, it is still not quite good enough.

SymplBrush comes fairly close to working as well as it should.  But, the particular technique required takes time to perfect.  Time and patience many won’t want to invest. 

We have yet to test a mouthpiece toothbrush that could replace a regular toothbrush.

The majority of our tests have resulted in before and after images similar to the first one shown, with lots of plaque left on the teeth.

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

The recommendation is, and continues to be, brush for 2 minutes twice a day and floss at least once. Although statistics show that many spend a lot less time brushing than this.

The following images show before and after images of plaque removal based on different toothbrushes and cleaning times.

Clinical trials

The ultimate test for any product is how it fares under clinical testing and trials.

In these circumstances dental professionals take a detailed look at such products and test them using standardised procedures to be able to come to informed conclusions on the product and cleaning results.

Despite being on the market for a few years, it was not until June 2020 that the results of the first two clinical trials were revealed. 

Both were relatively small studies.  The University of Florence had 22 participants in theirs and the findings were first published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

It looked at the efficacy (how well it cleans) of U shaped automatic electric toothbrush (UAET), in comparison to a manual and electric toothbrush and to not brushing at all.

Whilst they only tested one U shaped toothbrush as part of the study, it was the most popular and best selling product to date, V-White.

The results were pretty damning. The key findings and conclusions were:

  • The UAET that was tested in this study proved to be not effective in removing dental plaque.
  • The UAET was not significantly different from no brushing.
  • Plaque removal with the UAET was significantly lower than with a powered toothbrush and a habitual toothbrushing.
  • The use of this U shaped toothbrush cannot be recommended for regular oral hygiene at home.

To add additional context, the V-White brush was actually used for a full 2 minutes during this study, by each participant, rather than the 45 seconds of its longest cleaning mode.

The other study by Schnabl et al has 20 participants and used a different U shaped toothbrush, Amabrush.

They concluded:

  • The cleansing efficacy of the auto-cleaning device was clearly inferior to that of manual toothbrushing.
  • The alignment and density of the auto-cleaning device’s bristle rows need to be improved, and assorted sizes would be necessary to cover different jaw shapes.
  • To date, it is unable to provide sufficient plaque reduction due to an inappropriate bristle alignment and poor fit with diverse dental arches.

The results of these studies reconfirm our own findings, for the vast majority of mouthpiece toothbrushes.

One of the newest options SymplBrush has shown surprisingly good cleaning results.

They have conducted their own research in conjunction with The Forsyth Institute.  Researchers found that is was 2x more effective at reducing gingivitis than a manual toothbrush and there is 70% greater reduction in harmful inflammatory markers than a manual toothbrush.

Positive results, but this is by no means conclusive.  More independent research is needed.  They are the first brand that we are aware of to actively invest in such research.

This remains the only clinical testing we know of to date.

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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 ChauhanIn-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.

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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Dr Max Spicer

Dr Max Spicer, is a name that frequently appears with these types of products.

This so called German dentist is very illusive.

I have been unable to find any real dentist who goes by this name or who has created such a product.

In fact, Dr Spicer only appeared on the scene some years after the first mouthpiece toothbrushes were launched.

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Dr Spicer is often associated with websites/brands and products that I have never heard of. Those same websites are often very thin on content, product details and information about the company.

Many promotional videos state how Dr Spicer innovated such a product. So proud of the wonderful new product he created, he never actually appears in any of the videos.

A reverse image search on Google turns up multiple results of what appears to be a stock image of the so-called Dr Max Spicer.

Somehow Dr Max Spicer is also Dr. Marcus Prodi, dermatologist, Dr. Steve Kimber Jr., amongst others.

Of course, if you haven’t figured by now, Dr Max Spicer does not exist and the image used is a stock photo.

Jonathan Dunn & Daniel Bradford

Another 2 names often seen or used in the marketing of these types of product are Jonathan Dunn and Daniel Bradford.

Whilst we cannot rule out some involvement by people of this name, there is little that conclusively ties them to these brushes. They appear fictitious.

Often cited as the creators of the product and sometimes said to be a dentist, you never actually see pictures of Jonathan or Daniel, nor any videos talking about their revolutionary product.

It won’t always be the case, but most people who create a product are keen to promote and talk about it. Therefore you see them in the promotional videos, on the website and being quoted in other media.

Dr Jim Collins DDS

Myst is a product we have called out as one to avoid. Many consumers have expressed their dissatisfaction with this mouthpiece toothbrush.

However, according to press releases Dr Jim Collins DDS is ‘an authority in oral health care’ and says ‘The beauty of MYST is that it’s mistake proof. It provides 100% coverage every time. You don’t have to worry about brushing at a certain angle or getting to those hard-to-reach areas — MYST™ XRT™ does everything for you’.

We are not sure what product Dr Collins has used, but it can’t be the same Myst product we have tried.

The odd thing is Dr Collins appears nowhere on Myst’s website which sells the product. If he is quoted in the press releases you might think he would be on their website too?!

We are unable to determine who exactly Dr Collins is. There is no reference to his location within the USA, his practice and experience.

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.

This is the same V-White that was tested as part of a clinical trial, where the results showed that the cleaning performance was not clinically more significant than no brushing at all!

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.

  • UDental Pro
  • SensePro
  • Saniwhite
  • Sonic Brush / Sonicbrush
  • 360SonicBrush
  • Ultrasmile 360 Sonic toothbrush /Ultra Smile 360
  • Daplico Dental
  • Ultra-Brush
  • UltraBrush360
  • Myst
  • Go Smile Blue Hand-Free
  • Sunartec 2020
  • Shonker electric U shaped Toothbrush
  • Bright Smile – The Ultra Brush
  • CleanT / Clean T (https://get-cleant.com/)
  • Happi Teeth/Happi Brush
  • Toothshyne
  • Supemurk – Hands-free ultrasonic automatic toothbrush
  • Samolike
  • BrushProX / BrushPro X
  • 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 [UK]

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.

SymplBrush is the best example we have tested to date. It shows the most promise, closely followed by Y-Brush.

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

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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 moulded 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:

  • Whole mouth toothbrush
  • Mouthguard toothbrush
  • Auto brush
  • Automatic toothbrush
  • 360° electric toothbrush
  • 360° toothbrush
  • Auto toothbrush
  • Full mouth toothbrush
  • U shaped toothbrush
  • U-shaped automatic electric 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.


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, not really.

A study by the Forsyth Institute with SymplBrush has resulted in some positive, results in favour of using such a product. But, and we stress, these are by no means conclusive. Much more research is needed.

Other whole mouth toothbrushes to have undergone study are V-White and Amabrush. In both instances, the results were far from positive.

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 with multiple products, 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.


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V-White (HiBrush)

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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 recognised 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 moulded 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.

AutoBrush has different animal characters on the handpiece and plays sounds to try and better engage the child.

Unico (a failed kickstarter product) was supposed to offer different sized mouthpieces as well as a modular storage system with UV sanitiser 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 sanitiser 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 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 successfully funded.

It is a more serious competitor to Amabrush (now no longer trading).

By mid 2020, it was made available and we have reviewed Y-Brush.

Also in 2018, another product was successfully funded. Unobrush took a slightly different approach in its design, using foam for a mouthpiece.

For a variety of reasons the product evolved into a more typical U shaped style toothbrush. It began shipping in 2021.

We tested it and gave it a rating of 0 out of 5.

In 2020, a number of other companies and brands announce products, with the genuine intention to innovate within this market and create effective products. Some examples are CleanFreak CleanTeeth, Talo Brush and Encompass.

In 2021, virtually out of nowhere came SymplBrush (see our video review here). It is a privately funded product that didn’t tease and market the product long before it was ready. The team had been working on it quietly for some time and began shipping it in the summer of 2021.

Come 2022, CleanTeeth began shipping and despite being a bulky unit has delivered some impressive cleaning results in our hands-on testing.

Sadly, 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
  • 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, SymplBrush.

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 Amabrush 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.

The best product to date, SymplBrush has a retail price of $189/£136/€160.

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, uFunbrush, AutoBrush (and AutoBrush Kids) and Unobrush.

None of these have scored highly.

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

SymplBrush, Y-Brush and CleanTeeth have been the most surprising, surpassing expectations and delivering the best results. But, the cleaning is still not good enough to replace the regular toothbrush.

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.

*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. 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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86 thoughts on “Mouthpiece toothbrushes: think twice before you buy”

  1. Ok, so these new mouthpiece toothbrushes are not a good replacement for regular toothbrushes. But do they get *some* cleaning done? Would they be useful for times when the child is not going to brush anyway (i.e. at school, playdates, lunch-on-the-go, etc.) as a complement to regular toothbrushing? In other words: are they better than nothing, or could they actually have a negative effect? Thanks for the article and your advice.

    • Hi Vicky.
      Yes in some respects they are better than nothing. So they are not completely useless.
      But, the catch here is that it depends on the product as some products are terrible whilst others are better.
      We haven’t tested lots of kids mouthpiece toothbrushes to pick 1 specifically that is better. As a very generalised rule, if the mouthpiece uses nylon bristles rather than silicone, it stands a better chance of being better.
      Our testing to date has been focused on adult products really, although we have tested a few kids ones.
      One independent clinical trial tested an adult mouthpiece toothbrush and found it as effective as not brushing at all!

  2. Why are all of these brushes made by new start-up companies? If they are the future of toothbrushing, then why aren’t the big names in dental hygiene (Colgate, Oral B, etc) investing in the technology to make a brush of this type that ACTUALLY WORKS? If they did, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    • Hi Steph.

      I am sure they are. I hear that they are potentially even investing in some startups and looking at this market with great interest. No doubt they have developed models themselves.
      I suspect the problem they are finding as with the startups is getting a product that actually works as it should and can be made economically for all.

    • Traditionally big firms (talking in generally) are not the most innovative – often they even oppose innovation.
      Real true innovation often starts from small or medium size companies, and does often start with lower quality, increasing with time.
      In the area discussed by this article, however, they do not seam to have reached the minimum standards.

  3. Totally agree. I got persuaded to buy a v-white one and it is clearly rubbish. It’s a great idea but it doesn’t clean the teeth at all. A waste of money. Wish I had done some research first and then I would have read your post.

  4. Whites Beaconsfield heavily marketing a children’s mouthpiece toothbrush (‘Wiggle’) on Instagram and Facebook. Looks great, almost fell foul myself with how convenient the product seems to be for young kids.

    Took one look at the website, and the lack of any oral health foundation approval badges sent me on a Google search which brought me here.

    Follows the same pattern –

    ‘Expertly designed’ with no expert named. ‘Award’ winning, but no mentions of any actual awards.

    Appears to be run by two young brothers with no dental or medical experience who seem to be involved in the male grooming industry.

  5. What do you think about the myst toothbrush? I found a review that is quite positive about the product, I can’t decide if I should buy it or not.

  6. Didn’t find any review on https://www.lumoral.com/ Any experience on that?

    Not really a toothbrush (nor a toothbrush replacement) but still a mouthpiece of some kind apparently focusing on killing harmful bacteria on teeth and gums. Sounded interesting.

    • Hi Jonas.

      I have come across this once before. To be honest not something we have yet looked into in any great detail.

      This is certainly one for our in-house dentists to try out and comment on as they understand the science behind this a little more.

      It is not cheap.

      We may test it in time. I can’t say when that might be though.

  7. The ADD at first seems to suggest a new way of cleaning yes.
    Better job done ?, NO.
    A cheaper job ?, No.
    An overall must have for my mouth and teeth health product ?, No. perhaps a miss leading add ?, in lack of definitive facts ?. YES.
    Do not buy one.

  8. Hi and Merry Christmas!!
    We bought Auto Brush for out autistic son who hates brushing his teeth. We paid a considerable amount of money for the brush but reading this I now doubt it actually works?
    Is it all of the brushes of that sort that you don’t recommend or certain brands?
    He did a brush with his Oral b brush and teeth looked the same.
    We would appreciate to receive your response. Thank you.

    • Hi.

      I can not categorically say all brushes are the same, but as a general rule, yes. I have yet to find a brush of this design that actually cleans the teeth really well.

      I actually have the Auto Brush in for testing at the moment. It arrived just before Christmas. We will have a review in several weeks time all being well.

      I am not able to comment in detail yet, but I remain skeptical based on the design and the fact that the company representatives themselves have said that these are to be used in addition to regular toothbrushing. That said, they do suggest they can help make brushing more fun and enjoyable for those with disabilities such as autism. So for now I can only say it might in time make brushing a bit easier and remove some of the plaque, but it will not be a replacement to a regular manual or electric brush.

  9. Amen ! Almost fell for it !!! Did some deep research and made my final decision NOT to buy after reading the reviews here as well as the comments.
    This would have been my second JUNK impulse (scam) purchase.
    My last was due too a google add on YouTube. After much work I did get a refund thanks to PayPal. We need to be far more vigilant about throwing money to china for garage products via some damn good scam artists that make returns and refunds virtually impossible.

  10. ‘Max Spicer’ is a stock photo (Search Tineye) thinkstockphotos.ae Found on Apr 14, 2016. He pops up later on civilengineers.eu/ – Found on Oct 31, 2019. Also on Twitter as @brandon39smith – “Hi I’m Brandon Smith, and I’m 39 years old and about to be 40”.

  11. Reading these comments, I got lucky as my bank declined the transaction. Saved me some hard earned cash – TClean or some-such nearly had me and I think I’m hard to dupe. Top tip – don’t purchase things like this 1st thing in morning after poor sleep. On reflection, poor quality ad promising too much. Robotic voice-over, no endorsements, no faces to assure you etc. Beware and thanks to you my bank.

  12. Very good. Thank you. I was finally bothered enough to click on the the Youtube advert I constantly saw. The website for the “cleanT” product looked very fishy to me, the product looks cheap. If this product was effective, regular electric toothbrush brands could develope their own version in a very short period. There is really no reason to believe these products are effective. Like with so many other products advertised via social media.

  13. Thank you so much for putting together such an informative and in-depth article! You really have done a brilliant job of fighting back against the slick misinformation of these social media campaigns (and saved me from falling into their trap!)

    Thank you so much for for your hard work and sharing your research and expertise 🙂

  14. I bought the Sonicbrush and after using it once I’ll be generous and give it a 1star score. The top half doesn’t even reach my gumline due to receding gums ( might be alright if you have small perfect teeth ). The pamphlet with the instructions are next to useless, akin to a $2 product. Would I recommend Sonicbrush? NO! Save your money and buy a toothbrush from your dentist.

    • It is disappointing having to read yet another comment from another person who has had to experience this poor product. I am sorry Elizabeth, but thank you so much for sharing so that others can learn how these are not yet suitable alternatives to your regular toothbrush.

  15. I would be very interested in what you guys think of this one. https://www.ezteethbrush.com/

    It was funded on Kickstarter and backers seem generally pleased with it. This is very unusual for a full toothbrush which all seem to fail. I’m now associated with it but have been thinking about buying one

    • Thanks for the comment. I am aware of EZ Teethbrush and it is a product that I would like to test this.

      However, I have actively chosen not to.

      I wish not to go into full details as to why. All I can say is the company behind the product have acted in such a way that it would likely cause me and Electric Teeth unnecessary stress, hassle, and cost if I were to leave my honest opinions.

  16. Thanks, very useful info, much appreciated

    The ad I saw was for CleanT on YouTube, however the ‘story’ used and style of the ad is almost identical to that used by several other products that have a poor reputation, such as:


    Thanks again for the info you have provided


  17. I bought two of these from Highsity and one stopped working after a few uses and Highsity weren’t interested, as there is no warranty.

    The quality of clean is very poor. After using the brush, my teeth do not feel clean at all. I have better results using a manual brush or another electric brush.

    I would not recommend buy these toothbrushes or doing business with Highsity.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, even if it was negative. It is appreciated as it helps show others what to expect and ultimately why not to buy such products at this time.

  18. Ok, tack så mycket, jag kontaktar min bank, + företaget.
    Har dessutom sett i deras policy, att man har rätt att ångra sig inom 14 dgr, och att man inte behöver ha någon speciell orsak. Hoppas det stämmer bara, när det kommer till kritan, och att de återbetalar för produkten jag skickar tillbaka.

    • Y-Brush did deliver some better results, but I don’t believe the results were good enough to be a replacement to a regular manual or electric toothbrush.

  19. Hjälp!
    Jag har redan köpt 2 st av denna typ av tandborste med ultraljud.
    Jag försökte innan hitta ev. recencioner, men lyckades inte hitta något.
    Kan jag få tillbaka mina pengar, om jag skickar tillbaka produkten? Har betalat 1.500 för 2 st.
    Jag har inte öppnat förpackningen.
    Det står på förpackningen att den kommer från Luxemburg.
    Jag Känner mig så dum som gick på detta…!

    • Hi Kristina.

      I would contact the seller and try to ask for a refund. If you have no success here, you could potentially contact your credit card company/bank to see if there is anything they can do to help.

      Hej Kristina.

      Jag skulle kontakta säljaren och försöka begära återbetalning. Om du inte lyckas här kan du eventuellt kontakta ditt kreditkortsföretag / bank för att se om det finns något de kan göra för att hjälpa till.

  20. Yes I agree completely, these u shaped ultrabrushes claim to replace the electric or manual toothbrushes but I have tried one for eight days now, every time I use it I have to finish the job properly by using my usual toothbrush. This gadget was supposed to replace the need for a toothbrush. It does not remove the food from my teeth never mind the plaque that I can’t see. It does not reach my gums at all and my back teethe are hardly touched. How has this product been allowed in to the market? And how did I get roped in to paying £100 in the hope that I would get a superior product. It looks exactly like the £2 ones sold else where, for kiddies, mine hardly touches the back teeth. So disappointed. And have just read the article below by Jane, I can’t believe I got caught either. Exactly the same scam, can’t return article unless in original packaging, unused!! So what about unfit for purpose? And who wants to pay for posting to China?

  21. I think I’ve just fallen into the trap – buying an ‘ultra brush’ for £54 and receiving a Chinese made V mouthpiece brush valued at $4. The packaging was clearly of Chinese origin with my address label stuck over the top, and they were unable to confirm its authenticity when asked. Also wouldn’t return it unless still sealed in plastic film! Can’t believe how people can get away with this.

    • Agreed! How did I get roped in? I thought it would be a really good product at that price!! How stupid was I? I did not even check out the alternative sites until I found this product unfit for purpose.

  22. Thank you for your reviews and expert information, you have saved me a lot of money. I visited your page just prior to purchasing 2 of the Ultrabrush mouthpiece brushes, and I am very grateful that you gave sound advice not to buy.
    Also, you saved me from a mouth full of damaged teeth, I was not aware that those brushes didnt remove the plaque the way the normal and electric tooth brushes do.
    Thank you again!

  23. I retired from dental practice 20 years ago. A lot of my time in practice was spent educating patients that advertised dental products were promoted for the financial benefit of the manufacturer. That remains the case today. “One size fits all” is not yet applicable to oral hygiene as mouths, peoples’ habits and abilities in using products, vary so much. People are susceptible to claims that a product does the job quicker, easier and better. Patients were surprised when I told them that using an electric toothbrush required the same degree of manipulation and concentration as a basic brush: they assumed a significant degree of automation would reduce the amount of input required. The use of disclosing tablets gave patients visible proof of the effectiveness or otherwise of their oral hygiene routines. The “fact” that “Dr. Spicer” has a patient population of whom 90% have problems, is a reflection on his lack of ability to communicate and educate. His “research” evidence, to use a technical term, is b**ls**t. Beware!!

  24. Glad I found your site before I got suckered.
    Dr Max Spicer is supposedly a British Dentist according to the Ad I got on YouTube.
    So with what you posted in your article I decided to do some more investigating myself.
    Using Tin Eye to find Dr Max Spicer photo elsewhere I find it hosted by multiple stock photo sites as generic businessman in suit which explains why the same guy picture is on other scammy products websites etc with multiple names.

  25. Thanks for this – did a web search after repeatedly being served these adverts on YouTube. Curiously, Dr Max Spicer, pictured on the Sonic Brush website, has an identical twin called Dr Marcus Prodi on the Xtreme Shaver website. Looks like the same photo with a different name…

    • Found on YouTube as well. This would have been my second bad YouTube add purchase. Google should be held accountable for the perpetual garbage they advertise as they have high monetary gain due to these junk products. Thanks for your review as it helped to solidify my thoughts.

  26. This is great, you are appearing high on search results so people aren’t duped. I did a quick search of the dentist and came across this article.

    One question- have you reported the adverts to the ASA?

    If not I will do it for you.

    This is the same company that sell a ‘droneXpro’ and other products which are cheap and useless but the story is always the same.

  27. My son who’s nearly 7 hates brushing his teeth an I use an electric toothbrush but still can’t always get to the hard to reach places as he doesn’t like having his teeth brushed so what would you recommend?? Please, I saw these hand free toothbrushes an thought brilliant but now a don’t know what to do as his teeth are a bit stained as he won’t let me clean them propley an he’s only 7

    • Lynsey,

      Thanks for the question. I understand your dilemma, but I don’t think a mouthpiece toothbrush is an ideal solution.

      Potentially, opting for the Y-Brush toothbrush is a better than nothing approach, but sticking with the regular electric toothbrush is your best bet in my honest opinion.

      It is obviously easier for me to say this then doing it but really trying to educate your son on the importance of brushing and making it fun can help. There is an app called Brush DJ which could help encourage your son.

      it could also be worth speaking to your dentist. Some practices have staff who are trained in educating children to brush and more than likely he will listen more than he does to mum! 😁

  28. Thank you so much for this – Ultrabrush is currently running an introductory offer which I found so tempting, but got alarmed to see the same product sold on Alibaba for much cheaper price like even USD 3.99… hopefully a decent, reliable product to come to market soon.

  29. Hi there, I was considering this https://www.getbrushprox.com/ until I thought I should do a little research of my own and found your article. Very comprehensive and objective, so thank you for this.

    Is this one I linked jst the same as the V-White model also? I got skeptical as soon as I read the “whitening’ part on their site, saw it was sold through affiliate programs and that the company was based in Malta. To their crediot they do publish a company address, contact email address for returns, full terms of business etc.

    The product claim appears to be that the ultra-sonic 5000 oscillations per/sec is what is cleaning away the plaque, along with the soft silicone bristles… granted it cannot physically contact with every nook and cranny of your teeth/gums, the ultra-sonic aspect appears to suggest that this negates that need (?).

    As I also cannot find any endorement by an BDA professional, I will stick to my good old manual toothbrush for now and a proper regimen of its use!

    • Hi Richard.

      Thanks for the comment, so pleased you have found this article helpful.

      BrushPro X is as far as I am aware, the same as v-White.

      To date, BrushPro X has been more heavily marketed to a US audience (from what I have seen), although they sell globally.

      I totally agree with your current plan of sticking with your good old manual toothbrush for now.

  30. Thank you so much for writing this.
    I am super I treated in this- can you provide update when a toothbrush like this might be available- can I subscribe to you or something?

    • Hi David.

      Glad you found it useful. I will definitely be bringing updates to this page when there is a product like this that I can actually recommend.

      At the moment, I don’t have a notification list as such. It is something I have thought about adding and hope to do so soon.

      I would encourage you to keep checking back on this page, or subscribe to our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/electricteeth where we publish such information too.

  31. There is currently a project on Kickstarter that has peaked my interest. The ‘Talo toothbrush’. Can you shed some light please? 🙂

    • Hi Thomas.

      I have seen this new product, that has only just launched on Kickstarter. It looks interesting and like it could potentially work well.

      I have not seen any plaque disclosing tests to see how well it really does clean the teeth and I have not had hands-on with the product.

      The first units are not due to ship until at least September this year. Whilst conceptually it looks interesting, I can’t say how good the product is as this stage.

      Unless you can afford to back the project without and concerns, I would suggest waiting until such time as the final product begins shipping and goes on general sale.

  32. Hi and thank you for your efforts. It’s very kind and sincere of you to provide valuable information…..

    ….. my uncle, unfortunately, suffers from gum disease and it seemed at first that this product was ideal. Not so sure anymore. If you have the time at all, I would be grateful to hear what you think regarding this products ability to tackle gum disease.

    Thanks again and tc!

    • Hi Morris.

      Simply put these products are not able to tackle gum disease effectively.

      Opting for a regular electric toothbrush, a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits are the first steps to tackling gum disease. A dentist will advise if any specific treatment is required. Often, a trip to the hygienist is advised.

  33. i am really inetrested in this sorta toothbrush what sort of time frame would we be looking at before we have good models of this type showing up do you think?

    • Hi Shaun.

      There is a product called Y-Brush that we have ordered and I am waiting to receive. This could be a bit more positive, based on some feedback I have seen, but I have concerns still and don’t think it will be quite the finished and capable product we need to be.

      In truth, I think it is going to be a few years until such a product exists. It needs major investment and research on how to engineer a product that really works as intended. Most of the companies involved or who have tried at the moment don’t have the budgets, in my opinion, to be able to achieve this.

  34. There are more innovative models available now and selling on Amazon, the best reviewed so far is Vwhite, have you updated your reviews as of today 3-1-2020?

  35. Fantastic article I was tempted to purchase until I read your fair and comprehensive article
    Thank you, I think I’ll wait until a reputable brand launches one 👍🏻

  36. Is this also just a cheap copy do you think?

    I saw it on facebook, with a video explaining the development of the mouthpiece.

    I currently use a Philips Sonicare brush.

    • Vanessa. I have taken a look at the link you provided.

      For some reason, the images do not show for me to take a detailed look. However, having looked at the website, description, price, etc I would be very cautious and would advise strongly sticking with you Philips Sonicare.

      I fear you might be wasting your money if you were to purchase.

  37. Hi – great article that I’ve come across. I saw sonic brush advertised. The modus operandi seems slightly different in that you are expected to move the device back and forth around your mouth. Have you tested or seen this device? Is it effectively the same as all the others you list and therefore not worth the expense?
    I have an oral b electric brush right now.
    Thanks, Chris

    • Hi Chris.

      I have not specifically purchased and tested this product to give a definitive answer.

      However, the images, product description, promotional material and hands-on photos from users suggest to me that it is identical to the V-White/HiSmile brush I have tested.

      Based on what I see I would not advise purchasing this and stick with your Oral-B toothbrush.

  38. Since i purchased this tooth cleaning system for $119CAD, and do not seem to be able to get a refund, I’m making it my mission to tell people that this product is a scam. Any company who does not stand behind their product is, in my opinion, trying to put something past you.
    In this case, the mouthpiece came in a lovely package, has a impressive blue light, makes a bit of a hum when on…..and does NOTHING to clean teeth.
    PLEASE make my $119 have some value by NOT purchasing this product!

  39. Hi, I bought one of these on impulse from an advertising video on YouTube.
    It’s brand name is Sno White.

    Totally useless junk. I tried it for a while and was completely unimpressed.

    I tried to return it for a refund but they hid behind the small print in their t’s & c’s saying that it was not returnable due to hygiene.

    I agree with the original article header. Don’t waste your money on one of these, you’re just throwing good money after bad.

    I’ve now bought a standard electric toothbrush (Oral B) and normal, proper teeth cleaning has resumed.

    This was the first, and will be the last time, I bought something on impulse through an internet based ad.

    • Paul….i got caught in the same scam. 🙁
      I also contacted the company, who basically replied, “sorry you’re not satisfied”. I did not see a Return policy even in small print.
      Even PayPal wouldn’t honour the refund of this purchase. Sure give a bad name/feeling to online shopping.

    • If you bought it in the UK or EU, the product has to be deemed ‘fit for purpose’. If you can prove it doesn’t clean, doesn’t matter about hygiene.

  40. You say these new y / v / mouth piece brushes fall short of expectations but there is no detail… why do they fall short?
    Where is your evidence?

    • Hi Chris,

      These products fall short because they simply don’t clean the teeth.

      Not only can you feel it when you use one, but a plaque disclosing test shows this.

      Just take a look at the following before & after photo. All the pink/purple disclosing agent should be brushed away, but as you can see, there is lots left on the teeth.

      Plaque disclosing test Amabrush

    • Thank you Gerald. I am really sorry to hear that you did not receive your Amabrush. It is a real shame the company has had to fold.

      This is the nature of crowdfunding!

      I do believe with more time and money they could have gotten further with this.

      I try to take the positives and think in the future, these mouthpiece style toothbrushes will become the norm.

    • Ian.

      It depends on the particular mouthpiece toothbrush. Some have their own whilst others can or will be able to be used with regular toothpaste.

  41. Nice article.
    As for the mouthpiece toothbrush, it is not clear how you position them near the gum line the way you definitely can do (control) with any other toothbrush.

    • Hi Liviu,

      IN most instances, the mouthpiece should fit nicely around the bottom and top row of teeth and the bristles should be perfectly angled to the gumline to brush them correctly.

      That said, all have a certain amount of flexibility and wiggle room if you like so that you can move the mouthpiece around to achieve the fit and clean you would like.

  42. Been thinking about backing one of these for a while; I’m less concerned with time saving and more with getting my teeth properly brushed, which I honestly rarely do. The price points on all of them are pretty steep for basically untested products, but that’s the gamble with any crowdfund project I guess.

    In any case, great article! Basically put everything we know about this new teethbrushing technology in one place, really helped me make up my mind on which to back!

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