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When it comes to my teeth, I'm very particular that I like my teeth to be white. Over the years I have tried two whitening treatments and although I like the effects of more extreme treatments I do find using tooth whitening trays uncomfortable and a chore (plus I'm scared of dissolving my teeth) . So I was on the look out for a "high street" product that would safely produce white teeth without using harsh chemicals, at an affordable price, which is how I come about purchasing BlanX Extrawhite Intensive treatment
***BlanX Extrawhite Intensive Whitening Treatment***
BlanX Extrawhite Intensive Whitening Treatment is described to be "a professional intensive whitening treatment created by experts within the BlanX laboratories. Thanks to its triple action formula, it quickly and effectively removes stains from the teeth to restore them back to their natural whiteness"
The product is described to be based upon Arctic lichen making it safe to use without being aggressive on tooth enamel. It contains a whitening agent which makes it suitable for smokers and drinkers of tea, coffee and red wine.
The BlanX Extrawhite Treatment is an intensive whitening treatment with a higher concentrate of whitening ingredients without including harsh bleaching agents including hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a full list of ingredients has been included below my review). From the onset I was aware the results of the treatment would not be as extreme as using these ingredients but from the product description I felt confident that the results would still be satisfactory.
The treatment comes with a "BlanXometer" which is basically a coloured scale to assess the colour of your teeth with which you can help to assess the results and shows the improvements looking at your before and after colour.
The BlanX Extrawhite Intensive Whitening Treatment is available online from the BlanX website at www.BlanXuk.com . It is also available from Boots in store and online. I purchased from my local Boots store for £11.92 for a 30ml tub. I did feel that this was expensive at the time of purchase if compared to other tooth whitening products that were available in Boots, however in comparison to other tooth whitening treatments which start in the region of £45 this is a cheaper alternative.
The BlanX Extrawhite Intensive Whitening Treatment comes in a small rectangular cardboard sleeve. Inside the package is a small tube of toothpaste and a Blanxometer; basically a colour scale to assess the colour of your teeth with. To start I decided to assess the starting point colour of my teeth. The BlanXometer scale is basically split into 3 colour hues and assumes your teeth will fit into one of the three scales ; a very grey coloured hue, a creamy coloured hue and a whiter coloured hue. Within each of these hues is a different scale of this colour from a darker (more stained colour) as number 4 to the lighter less stained colour of number 1. I noticed immediately that my top teeth were within the white hue and the starting point was a 3, whereas my bottom teeth were on the cream scale and were a 4 on this scale.
The whitening treatment itself comes in a small hard plastic circular tube white tube (the size of the product is only 30ml) with a white plastic pump action dispenser. A clear plastic lid fits over the dispenser The small compact tube makes this easy transportable.
The directions for use on the packaging are "Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with BlanX Extrawhite Intensive Whitening Treatment. Use continuously over a period of two weeks and you will see visible results that can be measured using the BlanXometer inside the pack."
On the first use I did find the pump dispenser needed pressing at least 10 times before the product appeared on my toothbrush. I brushed twice a day using this product and two small pumps of this product was enough to use on my teeth. Although expensive for what appears to be toothpaste you do not need to use a lot of product . Even after 2 weeks of use there feels like there is a lot of product left in the tube. My only reservation at this claim is that the tube is white plastic so you can't actually see inside of how much product is left in the tube.
The toothpaste is a flat matte white colour. It does not smell excessively minty or have anything memorable about it when looking or using it. When brushing your teeth the toothpaste does feel quite thick in comparison to other toothpastes but it does not have a gritty or abrasive feel to it when brushing your teeth, nor does it have a strong minty taste to it.
Even after the first use I did notice that my teeth felt extremely clean. There was no noticeable change in colour after the first use but the feel of my teeth was immediately apparent. When I ran my tongue over my teeth they felt extremely smooth and clean.
I continued using the product twice daily for two weeks however did not check the results or colour change until the two weeks were up.
The main question that needs answered at this point is did the product achieve whiter teeth. The answer in short is Yes. However there needs to be a BUT at this point. I did feel the colour of my teeth improved by two shades whiter based upon the BlanX scale after 2 weeks of use both on the top and bottom set of my teeth. My top teeth went from a 3 on the scale to a 1 and my bottom teeth from a 4 to a 2. My top teeth are a lot whiter than my bottom and feel the BlanX Extra Whitening treatment made the difference in colour a lot more noticeable, whereas more intensive treatments give a more even result.
I personally was very impressed with the results on my top teeth and feel for teeth that are only slightly stained this is a very effective product. My bottom teeth are improved and are less stained but because I have seen the results of more expensive whitening treatments I did hope for whiter results on these teeth also.
For only £11 I do feel this is an excellent value tooth whitening product as the results are noticeable in two weeks and the product does not use harsh or abrasive chemicals. It is also very convenient to use so great for those who do not want the hassle (or discomfort) of tooth whitening trays.
Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Tetrapotassium, Pyrophosphate, PEG-32, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Cetraria Islandica Extract, Usnea Barbata Extract, Mentha Piperita Oil, Sodium, Monofluorophosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Saccharin, Anethole, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Eugenol.