FAQ'S About Our Light Therapy Toothbrush

Why use red and blue light in a toothbrush?

There are numerous scientific studies showing that certain wavelengths of visible blue light are effective at accelerating whitening as well as reducing the pathogenic bacteria associated with common dental problems. Red light has been shown to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in the body. Light is able to travel into tight spaces, between teeth, and even under the gum line, delivering more benefits than mechanical brushing alone.

I’ve seen other light toothbrushes - what makes yours so special?

After extensive scientific research and development, Oralucent has zeroed in on the blue AND red light wavelengths with the highest degree of efficacy. Oralucent is the one that hits that sweet spot.

In addition, only Oralucent has combined study-backed light wavelengths with patented eye comfort technology to achieve optimal therapeutic intensity while ensuring eye comfort. Blue light’s ability to selectively kill harmful bacteria while accelerating whitening and freshening breath takes oral care to a whole new level.

How does blue light whiten my teeth?

Blue light provides mild whitening even when used on its own. The light is absorbed by dark pigments and stains that have settled into porous tooth structure. These pigments are receptive to bleaching as chemical bonds are gently broken by the resonating wavelength of light. When this specific type of light is combined with a peroxide toothpaste or gel, it acts as an accelerant - amplifying whitening AND germ-killing effects 

How many shades of whiting can I expect and how long will it take to see noticeable results?

The number of shades will vary depending on a variety of factors. The length of time it takes to see noticeable results will also vary based on the starting point. Using the brush as recommended (2 minutes twice a day), you can expect to see results within 10 days.

Can blue light help maintain my professionally whitened teeth?

Yes, blue light will indeed provide an excellent way to maintain, on a daily basis, the results you experience with professional teeth whitening.  Adding peroxide gel or toothpaste helps to boost whitening power.

Will blue light or red light cause teeth sensitivity?

Quite the opposite! Blue light and red light have been shown to REDUCE teeth dentin hypersensitivity and improve gum health. 

Is blue light safe for my eyes?

Visible spectrum light technology is considered safe and natural. Oralucent exceeds all applicable regulatory photobiological safety standards. Blue light at the intensity levels backed by scientific studies, however, can be irritating to eyes. We built in our Eye ComfortTM patented technology – ensuring your eyes stay nice and comfortable while the bright light goes to work. Customer comfort and satisfaction, along with safety and efficacy, are our top priorities. 

How is Oralucent able to kill the germs that cause bad breath?

Studies demonstrate that the type of blue light used in Oralucent selectively destroys the specific bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds, or VSCs. VSCs are considered the root cause of bad breath, so using Oralucent can help eliminate the very source of the problem, instead of just masking it temporarily , like chewing gums and breath sprays. As an added benefit, reducing the undesirable bacteria allows the beneficial bacteria to thrive, fostering a balanced microbiome. This is a smarter approach than simply wiping out all bacteria - as most mouthwashes do - since that gives opportunistic bacteria the upper hand in repopulating. 

Do I have to use the brush for 2 minutes both morning and evening to get whitening results?

The American Dental Association recommends two minutes of brushing twice a day at a minimum. The same is true for Oralucent, though our brush will continue up to a 4-minute maximum per brushing session to encourage longer brushing and even greater benefits. If you have an area requiring greater care, you may want to spend a little more time concentrating the light there.

Can I use any toothpaste with Oralucent?

Yes! You can use your favorite toothpaste. Using a toothpaste containing peroxide, however, will boost the whitening and brightening effects even more because peroxide actes as an accelerant with blue light.
Please note that using black toothpastes containing charcoal, however, may block the light and diminish its effects.

Do you recommend using the Oralucent toothbrush if I have braces on my teeth?

Yes, we definitely recommend the Oralucent toothbrush for people who wear braces. Not only is it an effective and efficient way to remove food debris, but light is able to reach places that no traditional toothbrush can - around and under brackets and in between teeth. It can reduce bacteria that accumulate and cause plaque build up.

How do the brush modes work?

You will know the lights are ready for use when the purple ring around the ON button is glowing. Simply press the ON button to begin in pre-set speed level 3. Begin brushing and the blue and red lights will begin ramping up in intensity. If you would like to change the speed setting, simply press the ON button and hold down for 3 seconds. The speed ramp will begin looping. There are 5 sonic speed levels and a manual mode setting with no motor to choose from. Release the button to lock in your preference once you reach in the loop. You can change the level anytime by following the same steps. 

What benefits does red light add?

Red light has been shown to stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation in the body, which is particularly beneficial for delicate gum tissue. 

Is it FDA approved?

The FDA does not approve toothbrushes. However, Oralucent is a Class 1 Medical Device and has been registered with the FDA. 

Is it patented?

Yes, the Oralucent toothbrush holds a number of US and International patents for its technology. These include US9198502B2, US9439503B2, EP3076825B1, BR132017000369E8 and several additional patents pending encompassing eye comfort, control software, IoT integration, and proprietary light emission designs for manual and power toothbrushes.

Does phototherapy really work?

Yes! There is a large and growing body of research on the medical benefits of light therapy. It has been found effective in numerous studies in the field of dental medicine for both antimicrobial purposes as well as whitening. The Phototherapy Studies tab at the bottom of this page contains links for additional research.

How does phototherapy create a more balanced oral microbiome?

The mouth is considered the gateway to the body, as more and more studies are proving. It’s extremely important to keep the oral microbiome balanced for overall health and well-being. Harmful microbes contain an iron-based porphyrin pigment which is metabolized from human blood. For this reason, harrmul bacteria are affected by blue light, whereas harmless and benevolent bacteria remain unaffected.

How long will a full charge last?

It depends on frequency and length of use, but the rechargeable battery should last at least one week and up to one month after being fully charged. 

How often do I need to replace my toothbrush?

Your Oralucent toothbrush should last for several years. We offer a one-year warranty from the date of purchase.

How often do I need to replace my brush head?

Under normal use, the ADA recommends replacing replaceable brush heads every 3 months. We offer a convenient auto-ship program so that your new brush heads are delivered directly to you on schedule. If you prefer to receive new brush heads more frequently, we also offer 1-month and 2-month subscription plans. 

What kind of battery is used in Oralucent?

A lithium battery. This battery is rechargeable and not replaceable. Please contact customer service if your brush has stopped charging. 

How do I check the status of my order?

After you place an order, you will receive a shipment confirmation email that contains your tracking information and our Customer Care contact details, should you require assistance.

Is O2Gel vegan and gluten-free?

Yes, our synergistic OGel is dentist-formulated and made with the highest quality safe ingredients.

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