Lifestyle habits can cause stains to build up up on the outside of the teeth and make them look darker than they once were.
This product may make your teeth appear whiter, by removing surface stains.
It will not change the natural colour of your teeth in the same way that professional whitening / bleaching can.
Tooth whitening and the results are personal to you and not two people get the same results. The best whitening methods for you, might not be the same as a friend.
Visit our teeth whitening page for lots of useful content on the subject and to learn how best to approach teeth whiting for you.
- It can potentially improve the colour of your teeth by removing stains
- Tastes good with a vanilla flavour
- Lasting freshness
- Smart packaging
- Complementary products
- Everyone will get different results
- Will not whiten teeth for all
- A little more expensive than most would like
- Would prefer a flip lid
Does it actually work?
We understand you want whiter teeth, but this might not be the right product for you.
Tooth whitening is a complex process and every person’s circumstances and results are different (although the adverts and claims from many manufacturers don’t make this clear).
This product may work to remove surface stains from your teeth, but it will not change the natural colour of your teeth in the same way that professional whitening / bleaching will.
Teeth whitening – a quick explainer
There is a general misunderstanding of how whitening products work, which is why we’ve covered the topic in detail.
Some products, such as the one being reviewed here, remove stains. This is not the same as professional bleaching carried out by a dentist, and this is where much of the confusion stems from.
Before choosing a product or procedure, it’s important to understand the basics. This small investment of time will save you money and improve your oral health.
Whether opting for a stain removal product or professional bleaching, there are cost-effective options available, which we cover throughout our content.
We encourage you to learn more about teeth whitening, and the following articles (created by our in-house dentist) are a great place to start:
If you’re interested in whitening, our overall advice is to visit the dentist before using a whitening product, but you can find a more detailed explanation of this by reading the links shared above.
We’ve also created this short video, which further explains how stain removal products may not work the way you think:
Before & after results
Everyone’s teeth are different.
Our lifestyles, genetics and medical conditions all have an influence on our teeth.
Some people have heavily stained teeth, whilst others do not.
Oral-B 3D white luxe accelerator toothpaste works by removing surface stains and may make your teeth appear whiter, but it will not change the natural colour of your teeth.
The results you achieve by using Oral-B 3D white luxe will be different to me.
I have tried many different products and have little to no staining on my teeth.
Because of these circumstances, it would therefore be inaccurate to show before and after images to suggest what results you might get, because simply put, your before and after results may be very different.
However, to give you an idea, visit our teeth whitening before and after page, and you can see the kind of results you can expect from a stain removal product such as this, and the results you can expect from professional bleaching.
The recommended price for this toothpaste is £4.49 and the prices have been at least this, if not higher.
The cost will vary depending on where you buy it.
The availability of the accelerator is fairly limited. At the time of writing only Boot’s, Amazon and some other independent stores appear to be selling it. None of the major supermarkets seems to stock it.
Due to the limited availability and specialist nature of this, do not expect to see discounts.
Where To Buy
Online and high street chemist Boots stock this toothpaste, along with Amazon (view on Amazon) and other independent online retailers.
Taste, Packaging etc
Whilst yellow teeth are perfectly healthy, the idea of having white teeth can be very appealing.
For those who have achieved this, they will often have a little extra confidence, which turns into a nice smile that shows off our teeth.
Whether a toothpaste can make your teeth whiter realistically depends on your teeth.
The vast majority of whitening toothpaste contains no chemical ingredients that can actually change the colour of your teeth.
A toothpaste tends to have ingredients that clean the teeth well, removing stains from the exterior surface of the teeth.
This stain removal is the ‘whitening’ effect the manufacturers are marketing.
The paste is really only revealing the natural tooth colour, that may have been dulled over time.
Whether your teeth are less stained after use will depend on your circumstances. Not everyone has stained teeth and will see no benefits from using such pastes.
Understanding this subtle detail is important in my opinion.
Whilst you will not see this in the dental aisle of every supermarket and chemist, there is no denying that the packaging of this toothpaste has been designed to try and grab your attention. It looks classy and catches the eye with the crystal white and purplish colours.
The tube itself is fairly conventional with a screw cap on which the tub stands when not in use.
I find screw caps a bit of a frustration really, I think a flip lid is much better.
Well generally speaking you have the toothbrush in one hand and the tube of paste in the other. A flip lid allows for one handed opening and closing. Whilst possible with a screw cap it is a little more awkward and I just generally think would be easier.
The tube contains 75g of paste, which by my rough usage calculations will last you in the region of 3 months. Be sure to use only a pea sized amount as you do not need any more than this.
Upon first use, when you remove the cap a foil seal can be found over the top to retain the freshness and preserve the paste before you come to use it.
Unlike some cosmetics which give a shelf life, There is no shelf life once opened or there is nothing clearly marked on the packaging at least.
The box does have an expiry date on it, but it is fair to assume that the paste will be used within a few months of opening.
A white colour tone to the paste, there is a speckling throughout of what must be the abrasive ingredients that remove those stains from the tooth surfaces.
When it comes to brushing, there is nothing special that you need to do. You can use a manual toothbrush, but a good Oral-B electric toothbrush will help deliver the best results.
When brushing, there was a limit to the foam produced, in fact, it was quite minimal. Instead, I was left with more often a more gritty texture and residue in the mouth.
That sounds worse than it really was. It goes once you spit out the remaining paste, but it must be the ingredients and those small speckled bits within the paste that I could taste.
The flavour of the paste is a little more muted than many, with more of a vanilla esq taste, although I am not confident that that was the exact flavour. Nonetheless, it did not taste bad in my opinion.
This ‘Accelerator’ is part of a wider range of tooth whitening products on offer from Oral-B.
The name certainly implies, to me at least that I can get results faster if I use this paste over any other.
How you are supposed to use this toothpaste is that you use it in addition to your regular fluoride based toothpaste. The toothpaste Oral-B suggest you use on a daily basis is their 3D White Perfection paste.
Essentially then you brush your teeth more times a day when using this toothpaste than you would normally. Rather than the typical 4 minutes per day spent brushing, you actually spend 8.
My article how long and how often should I brush determines 2 minutes is a good basic standard, with longer brushing times being more effective for plaque removal.
There does come a point though where longer brushing times will not really deliver much better results.
So simply put the simple act of brushing for longer each day will have benefits and this is likely to be the case irrespective of the paste used.
Is Oral-B just playing on this fact?!
Given that I believe much of the whitening effect is actually coming from the increased brushing time, I wouldn’t mind betting that just brushing for twice as long with your regular toothpaste will achieve similar results to 3D White Luxe, particularly when a recent Supershoppers test found that the amount of staining removed by a whitening toothpaste was not much different to the often cheaper regular toothpaste (Find out more).
The paste is also supposed to protect the enamel of your teeth too. This seems the right thing to do, you only have one set of permanent teeth, after all, you want to protect them.
A protective layer/film should be left on the teeth once you have brushed to help prevent stains and thus acting as an additional barrier and protection to the enamel surface of the teeth.
I didn’t notice this film as I have with some other pastes, but that is not to say there wasn’t something there.
Normal toothpaste does provide a protective barrier that I don’t normally feel, so I am sure this was doing something at least to protect my enamel.
The £4.49 price for this tube will be expensive for some.
It is fair to say that the average price of a tube of toothpaste is around £2, so 3D White Luxe Accelerator (view on Amazon) is about 2 times more expensive than most other toothpaste.
However, when you look specifically at ‘whitening’ pastes these prices typically vary from about £3 to about £12 or more, so I would have to put 3D Luxe at the cheaper, value end of the scale.
This said the accelerator is designed to be used in addition to, rather than a replacement to a regular paste. As a result, then this makes the daily brushing cost a little higher as you now need to buy two toothpaste.
The ingredients in this toothpaste are as follows.
Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Propylene Glycol, Aqua, PEG-6, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Silica, Poloxamer 407, PEG-20M, CI77891, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Limonene, CI74160.
This is by no means a scientific analysis or commentary on the ingredients, but it does include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) (more information) and CI 77891, otherwise known as Titanium Dioxide (more information) which are potentially contentious inclusions for some.
Whilst commonly used within cosmetics and toothpastes for many years, in more recent times studies have identified potential health and environmental concerns. There are arguments for and against either ingredient and a range of toothpastes that are specifically designed specifically without the inclusion of such.
There is no fluoride in this paste, which might be a concern for some and goes against the recommendations of dental professionals. However, Oral-B does suggest brushing also with a fluoride paste, so they are essentially giving a warning here.
I have no immediate concerns over the safety of this toothpaste. Oral-B, on the whole, conforms to high standards as far as I am aware and wouldn’t market something proven to pose a real risk to you and your health.
The lack of fluoride may be overcome if you follow their direction to use a different paste also. However, logic is you will use accelerator at the same time you brsh with your regular paste, so will using accelerator then brush or lift off the protective fluoride left behind by the last paste used?
Some of the ingredients are contentious because there are arguments to suggest they are far from ideal, but ultimately the evidence is lacking to say they really should not be present.
I have identified those of particular concern within the ingredients list above. If you feel they pose a safety concern, avoid this paste.
Is it eco-friendly?
This paste has not been designed or marketed as eco-friendly.
The tube in which is comes provided is hard to recycle and will more than likely end up in landfill.
What does commonly happen with some dental health products is users buy a toothpaste hoping for certain results, that are not achieved. As a result, they move onto new products before the old tube of paste is finished.
It might not be just because of claimed results that are not achievable, it may well be to do with taste.
By reading this review, you are one step ahead in your avoiding potentially wasting a product like this.
Other whitening products from Oral-B
As one of the market leading brands, Oral-B manufacturer many different toothpastes.
At the time of writing I count approximately 18 different products (including mouthwash) that have white or whitening in the product name.
Many fall under a sub brand called 3D White.
Whilst I have not used all of these products, they are all free from peroxides or bleaches that change the natural colour of the teeth.
Each product can work towards effectively removing staining and discolouration of the teeth, to make them appear whiter, but they will not change the original colour of the tooth.
Teeth age and get yellower, trauma and medications can also alter the colour of the teeth. But, in these instances this affects the internal structure of the tooth, which the toothpastes and mouthwashes cannot alter.
What we would like to see improved
I haven’t really pulled Oral-B to task in this review of some of the claims they make.
They suggest that accelerator can begin achieving results in just 3 days, which no doubt is true and backed up by some evidence somewhere. But, that claim is likely based off of the data acquired from a small test group.
This will not be the result for everyone and Oral-B, as well as many other brands, need to be a bit more transparent about this.
As is the case with almost all whitening products, we would be more impressed if they made it clearer than a stain removal product will do little to change the appearance of teeth with that have intrinsic yellowing for example.
To be fair, Oral-B do say the paste removes stains, but with much confusion over whitening, not all really understand what a stain is, or if they even have them.
Ratings / Conclusion
As we’ve mentioned in the results section, it’s difficult for us (or anybody else) to systematically test numerous whitening products.
For this reason, we have chosen to omit star ratings.
However, below you can find a summary of our closing thoughts.
It would be unjust to suggest that 3D white luxe accelerator could not work for you, but the reality is a lot more complicated than this.
Whilst I can’t really say it is a bad paste or even particularly overpriced, I can’t help but think that for many, just brushing for longer each day with your regular toothpaste will in many respects do the same job and likely go a long way to achieving similar results.
- Where can I buy Oral-B 3D white luxe accelerator toothpaste?
- Boots, the high street and online chemist is a great option, but Amazon and other specialist online stores.
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- It has a muted vanilla flavour.
- Does it hurt?
- I did not find it to do so. If you should gain additional sensitivity or side effects as a result of using it, stop doing so and consult a dentist.
- How long does it last?
- Approximately 3 months based on 2 pea sized amounts being used each day.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B 3D white luxe accelerator?
Are there certain things that you really like or dislike?
Let me and other readers of this article know what you think, by commenting below. Your feedback and opinions are incredibly valuable.