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These days there are various methods of tooth whitening products out. Here are my views and opinions
Yes this is the cheapest option and nearly every dental company will have had some sort of whitening product out on the market. These products are easily found and purchased every day. Unfortunately whitening toothpastes are not going to give you the pearly whites you are after. They tend to be quite gritty so therefore are abrasive and what they are actually doing is removing stain to make teeth appear brighter. You shouldn't really use these toothpaste long term. Also you need to check they contain the correct fluoride level. Most toothpaste contains sodium fluoride and it's this fluoride that gives our teeth the strength and protection to prevent dental decay. The recommended amount of sodium fluoride should be at least 1450ppm (parts per million) check on the package or tube of toothpaste to find this amount. Not all the whitening toothpastes have the correct amount of fluoride recommended some of these brands being blanx and arm and hammer.
Whitening kits from high street stores and online
These kits usually contain some trays that you heat up and take moulds of your teeth. A lot of people usually go for this option. It's a little more pricey that he toothpaste, most people say approx. £30-£40 a kit. I feel there are many facts that the public don't understand about the whitening process that I feel people need to be aware of. Whitening should always be prescribed by a dentist and you should always have your teeth check to see if you're suitable for the treatment. These are my concerns that the public are not always aware of.
1. You should really have a full check-up before proceeding with whitening
2. Whitening does not work on crowns, veneers, bridges and it will not whiten white (composite) fillings
3. If you whiten when there is decay present you will experience pain
4. Whitening should only be carried out by a registered dental professional
5. Legal action is now been taken against non-dental professionals who are carrying out whitening so avoid beauty salon or hair dressers that are carrying out a whitening procedure and are not qualified to do so.
6. Too high a concentration peroxide can cause chemical burns
The whitening products usually contain peroxide either carbamide or hydrogen in different percentages 10% 16% 22%
Dental professional whitening
There are 2 types of dental whitening that most people know of that can be offered. In house which is with 'the light' and is immediate results and a at home kit which whitening is achieved at a slower pace.
For both procedures you will need to have some moulds of your teeth taken and sent to a lab/technician to make custom made trays.
In house whitening is the most expensive option but its quick immediate results. It takes approx. 1hr to achieve good results. The dentist will apply the whitening gel to the teeth and then will use a light to stimulate the whitening process. A higher concentration of peroxide is used for the in house procedure so as a result should only be carried out under dental supervision. Common side effect is sensitivity
The home kit
The take home kit is less expensive than the in-house kit but still a good whitening shade is achievable. The most common kit is where you wear the whitening trays at night for anything between 2-6 weeks. You have your custom made moulds of your teeth and a pack containing gel in syringes. You simply apply the gel to the whitening trays/moulds and wear overnight. The advantage to this methods is you control how white you want to go. But again, the most common side effect is sensitivity so you can slow down the whitening and do every other night if the sensitivity gets too much. The sensitivity is self-limiting and basically once you stop whitening the sensitivity will stop the only down side to the sensitivity is it will slow you down. Study's now show that using the 10% carbadine peroxide all thought it takes a little longer to achieve the same results as the higher concentrations it limits the sensitivity.
I used to be a smoker and my teeth were a little stained a couple of years ago. I noticed the stains as soon as I gave up smoking.
I tried a tooth whitening kit from Superdrug. It was priced at around £10 and I used it twice a day for fourteen days. I had to pour some gel into a mould and then apply the mould to my teeth. After ten minutes I removed the mould and brushed my teeth with some special toothpaste that came inside the pack. After the two week period my teeth were still the same, yellow and stained. I then went on to try different whitening toothpastes from supermarkets and even bought an Oral B electric toothbrush to help with the staining. Little did I know the damage I was causing.
After months of trying to whiten my teeth at home I had damaged the enamel and six teeth at the top of my mouth had holes in them. It was horrible. Food got stuck into the holes, causing bad breath. I went to my dentist who told me that whitening toothpastes DO NOT work and I was doing more harm than good. She gave me a simple scale and polish for the NHS price of around £18. This got rid of the staining and I was told to use NORMAL toothpaste after that with a MANUAL toothbrush.
If you do wish to whiten your teeth I recommend asking your dentist for advice FIRST. I had two sets of fillings which cost me nearly £100, all because I damaged my teeth from whitening toothpastes! It's not worth it.
There are so many different Tooth Whitening kits on the market today, to a newbie, it may be hard to differentiate between them all and overall, it can be a daunting and expensive process finding the right one. The main questions you may ask yourself: Which one will actually provide the best results? DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK!? Well I took a risk and I have found a BRILLIANT tooth whitening kit and yes I have seen a vast difference just after 5-6 applications. The kits quite unheard of; its called TOOTH FAIRY WHITENING KIT. Although it may be a bit more difficult to get a hold of, it is definitely worth the wait and price! You can find the website here http://www.toothfairy.ch/shop/enter.html It may look a little dodgey but I can guarentee it is fine. However if you are unsure keep your eyes peeled and search on ebay(where I got mine) and amazon! RRP £38.38 from the actual site or if your lucky like me, I got mine for £15 pound max Brand New!
I suggest it is definitely worth shot!!
Kit Comes with:
Instructions and Tips
3 Boil and Bite Trays (one in case you make a mistake)
3 Whitening Syringes (enough material to do a full two weeks of bleaching if desired)
Bleaching Tray Storage Box
It is recommened that you should use the kit for two weeks before you see definite results but I could see them from day one, there was a definite lift in the colour and it made me feel much better about my self, constantly smiling. If you use the gel like I do, after my 6th application I am still on my first syringe! So you can use it very sparingly. All my friends are now using this product as they have also recognised the difference in my teeth and most importantly my confidence!
If you're looking to whiten your teeth for and not pay loads for dental treatment or wait forever to see results I recommend Boots Expert Teeth Whitening Kit.
For £29.99 you are provided with a home kit to whiten your teeth. I did this for two weeks and could see an amazing instant difference. The kit provides you with the tools to create a mould for your teeth which is easy to do and means that the whitening gel can totally cover your teeth. To do this you simply dip the plastic into hot water so it goes soft then you mould it around your teeth.
Next all you do is add the whitening gel into the mould and place it over your teeth. You have to use it twice a day for about 10 minutes each time and after two weeks you will see a difference. It also supplies you with whitening toothpaste to ensure the best results, which I was extremely happy with.
However if you feel that this is a bit too pricey you could try Boots Expert Teeth Whitening Stick for £9.99. For this you simply brush on the whitening solution after you brush your teeth; however I found that the results take longer to have effect.
Nevertheless I have found the Boots Expert Whitening tools very effective when used regularly as instructed and you can choose the product that best suits you. It really does give you instant results!
I used to hate my top teeth - they were always a yellow tinted colour no matter what toothpaste/mouthwash I used. I was desperate to get them whitened before I went on holiday but couldn't afford to get it done professionally. I had a look on the net for an at home kit but found that most of them had health warnings and stuff and I really don't want to risk my teeth. Then I found www.smile-brighter.co.uk which said that it's products complied with FDA/EU regulations. I bought the trial pack for £5.99.
The product is 22% carbamide peroxide (same strength as used by dentists) and comes in a 3ml syringe. It also comes with 2 mouldable mouth pieces. Word of warning - before dipping the mouthpieces into the boiling water practise putting the mouthpiece on and sucking and moulding it to your teeth. I didn't do this and had to bin my first mould as I hadn't moulded it properly. The instructions say to dip the mouthpiece into just boiled water for 5-10 seconds. Any longer and you will ruin the mouthpiece. Quickly shake off the excess water as you lift it out of the water, don't worry you won't burn yourself as the mould stays cool. Be very quick to put the mouthpiece over your teeth and suck in the air while pressing it into your teeth with your fingers. You shouldn't need to hold it longer than about 15 seconds.
You then take the mouthpiece off and squeeze a layer of the gel across the front of the mouthpiece. Pop it in your mouth and try not to talk for about an hour (or longer if you want but I'd recommend only trying it out for an hour the first few times).
After an hour treatment my teeth weren't noticably whiter but I could see a difference when comparing them to my bottom teeth. My teeth were quite sensitive for a day after using the gel. I've applied it another few times, waiting about 2 days between each treatment and my teeth are definately much whiter and brighter and I actually got a few comments about my white teeth on holiday! I have used 5 applications of it and still have enough for about another 2.
The website is a little misleading - it gives the impression that results can be seen immediately but really it takes a couple of weeks of applying it every other day to really make an impact. The mouthpieces could also be a little easier to mould but I guess this is what you get for £5.99! Definately worth buying although could be an even better kit out there somewhere.
To be honest I haven't tried that many tooth whitening treatments. I've used various toothpastes all my life but I never see a visible difference in a short amount of time.
Colgate did a brush-on whitening thing a few years back but it tasted disgusting and came off easily so the results didn't show up.
I have, however, found my answer. Crest Whitestrips were all the rage when they first came out and after although they are somewhat pricey ($24 or about 12 pounds) I read the glowing reviews. I figured 12 pounds is not that much compared to hundred-pound professional treatments and if it did make my teeth whiter than why not??
Although some people detest having to slap on these white strips twice a day for half an hour I looked forward to it! When I have it in my mouth I feel really positive- like my teeth is whitening every second.
Even after just one day of usage I could notice a visible difference. Other people noticed too, after several days and my teeth have stayed super whie ever since.
The only problem I have with this product is that it requires yearly touch ups! And it's quite bad for your enamel (but mine were translucent to begin with). Also, the strip is quite short so the teeth on the side do not get whitened. My teeth are ridged on the surface and somehow those bits haven't been reached as well as the others so they're now more obvious than before.
My teeth along with one other part of my body had always been my best assets, having children ruined the other one and being a smoker my teeth didnt gleam with whiteness anymore.
In the sunday mirror magazine about 12 months ago they had an advert for a spray called bright white.
The idea with this was that you spray a little of this into your mouth each morning after brushing with ordinary tooth paste and brush with this to remove all the stains your tooth paste didnt remove.
I ordered me a can of this as it was buy one get one free so i thought i was geting a good deal and the picture showed a very big can, when they arived it was two 10ml cans, they were tiny, just enough to do your teeth for 1 week in each can and this had cost me £19.99.
Never mind i thought but this stuff had better work miracles.
I began using it, it tasted horrid but if it whitened my teeth i wouldnt mind.
From the second i used it you could tell the difference, it was great even if it was expensive.
My teeth came up lovely and white but you needed to use the bright white spray every day to make your teeth stay white which i thought was a bit expensive.
This product was great but the price and the fact that it was mail order from America put me off ordering any more.
My hubby has a gum disease and wholst looking for a realy good tooth paste for him i noticed a tooth paste called Dentalux complex 5, i brought it originaly for my hubby because it is designed to protect your teeth from tartar, stop tooth decay, combat or slow down the process of a gum disease, stop receding gums, stop plaque and stop discolouration of teeth.
After using this for a week i noticed how white it had made my hubbys teeth so i tried it, surely it couldnt do any harm, it has made my teeth sparkle like a childs again, no staining from cigarettes or tea any more and this only cost me £5.99 for a 125ml tube which i think is great.
I had been looking to find a good stain remover for my teeth for ages, as I used to drink a lot off coke and tea with three sugars, so you can imagine the stains on my teeth with all the sugar and not to mention the state some off my teeth were in, although I have since got them fixed.
I still tend to drink a lot off tea and I was also a smoker, so my teeth still tend to stain, the front ones are the worst so anyway I came across this stain remover called Eucryl tooth powder for smokers and I decided to give it a try, to my amazement it was FANTASTIC, my dentist had told me that there was no toothpaste that would remove the stains from my teeth and that I would have to go to him every few months to get the stains removed so I was truly surprised when this did work.
After a few times using Eucryl the stains on my front teeth were away and the rest off my teeth felt and looked cleaner than they had been in a long time. I have to say its the best stain removal I have ever used and I would highly recommend it, it really does work.
I usually buy this from my local chemist, it costs £3.00, but I have heard you get it cheaper in Semi Chem, (so i will be going there the next time.) It comes in two flavours which are original and mint , personally I use the mint because I think it leaves a fresher taste in your mouth.Although it does not have a strong taste,
Eucryl comes in a powder form and is in a round compact tub, you are supposed to use it once or twice a week, at first I used it everyday but when the stains on my teeth disappeared I have reduced it to once or twice a week and this seems to be enough to keep the stains away. hopefully for good. All you do is wet your tooth brush and dip it in to the powder and shake off any surplus powder and start brushing. Needless to say Eurycl is a smokers tooth powder and is not for kids.
I have also done this review on Ciao
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After several years of dull, yellowing teeth I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase a home whitening set. Having spent a reasonable amount of time researching products online, I came to the conclusion that nothing I could buy from the supermarket would make much difference. Eventually, I came across a product that looked like it might provide the solution; a home teeth whitening product made by none other than consumer favourites Crest.
Released over half a decade ago in the United States, Crest Whitening Strips seemed to be taking the international market by storm. Currently unavailable to buy in the UK, a quick trip to a popular auction site was required, but by the weekend the premium version of the kit was in my hands.
WHATS IN THE KIT?
The whitening strips come packaged in a blue, oversized plastic container with a snap open lid. Inside, the set is divided into two sections one holds the strips for the upper teeth, and the other holds the lower strips; a small mirror adorns the top lid, allowing you to use the kit on the move and a small instruction leaflet finishes off the contents.
Although the box feels substantial, it seems rather bulky for what are essentially a set of 28 thin gel strips. I cant help but feel that a slim-line box would provide just as good a result whilst reducing manufacturing costs and, ergo, consumer price.
Similarly, the instruction manual lacks any extensive detail. The folded leaflet certainly left me with a few unanswered questions which only a comprehensive internet search could resolve. Im also somewhat surprised that no whitening shade guide was included; surely half the pleasure comes from being able to see your teeth move from a grungy eight to a nearly sparkling two?
So, what are the advantages of having strips over, say, paint on or mouth guard systems? Well, the idea is that the transparent strips provide maximum surface area coverage. You can therefore wave goodbye to uneven applications, gooey pastes and sticky fingers; the gel strips ensure a quick, hassle-free, even coating every time.
Each strip contains a micro-fine coating of gel that contains a 10% strength hydrogen peroxide formula. This is the same formulation that many dentists use in professional whitening consultations, albeit at a strength higher than that on the premium strips.
The strips need to be used for half an hour at a time, and two applications are needed for both upper and lower teeth each day. The premium kit requires this procedure to be carried out for one week, although timing varies between kits and peroxide strength. The strips wont work on crowns, bridges, implants, veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments, so check up on potential conflicts before using.
APPLYING THE STRIPS
The upper and lower strips come in blue and white sachets respectively to avoid any confusion as to which is which. The lower strips are roughly three-quarters of the size of the upper strips, but both should cover roughly seven to ten teeth. This cleverly restricts the whitening action to only the teeth that can be seen; it may not provide an ample level of coverage for those with a particularly wide smile but the vast majority should find that the length is more than sufficient.
Removing the strips from the backing is simple thanks to a jagged lift tab; this ensures that the gel strip doesnt twist and turn, allowing you to get a good grasp without getting coated with the peroxide solution. However, the strips are far more flexible than you may expect so take care when first using the system; you may want to try wearing disposable latex gloves the first few times just to ensure that the whitening happens on your teeth rather than your hands. Should the gel come into contact with the skin, it will temporarily mark the surface so always ensure that you concentrate when applying, lest you want a series of white blotches over your hands.
Learning curve aside, application is relatively easy once you get the hang of it. The first couple may be a little awkward, but its simply a matter of getting used to the procedure. Align the top edge of the strip with your gum line and manoeuvre into place, folding the excess underneath your teeth; then, repeat with the other strip. Many suggest that you do a before and after comparison between upper and lower by whitening one set of teeth at a time; personally I think that this merely impedes your whitening progress, dragging out the process by an avoidable extra week.
Once applied, each strip needs to remain in place for the full half-hour before removal. Thankfully, the adhesive quality of the gel makes this an easy task, and virtually nothing will dislodge the strip accidentally.
During use, talking is a lisp-inducing task, but its certainly easier to do than when wearing the dental trays of old; chatting to a spouse or neighbour isnt too difficult, but I certainly wouldnt recommend an application during a business meeting or presentation. Its best to choose a quiet time if possible; during the drive into work, watching the television, just before bed or even whilst writing a review (yup, Ive got mine in right now).
Removing the strips involves nothing more than simply sliding them off your teeth and placing them in the nearest rubbish bin. Youll find that a gelatinous residue remains where the strips were positioned, but a quick rinse with tap water will soon rid you of that problem; many may find that they want to take the time afterward to brush their teeth as the flavour of the gel, whilst not overwhelming, isnt particularly pleasant.
Obviously, my observations are pseudoscientific at best, although I did take digital photos of before and after for the sake of comparison. Results, naturally, vary depending on any number of factors including genetics, previous dental work and level of staining.
However, on my dentures at least, the strips seemed to have performed relatively well. Im happy to report that my teeth are now several shades lighter than they were before. Okay, theyre hardly movie-star dazzling white, but then Id have been both surprised and dismayed if they were!
Surprisingly though, the most noticeable effect wasnt the increase in whiteness, rather it was the decrease in contrast between lightly and darkly stained areas; now, my teeth are a much more uniform shade. Im sure that with extended use, the change could become even more apparent, but Im currently more than pleased with my new off-white colour. The decreased contrast has also helped to disguise, although not entirely conceal, my very mild fluorosis [slight white spots and mottling on the teeth caused by high levels of fluoride in the water] which is a welcomed bonus.
The major complaint Ive seen levied against this product in particular is an associated increase in teeth sensitivity during use; in fact, some have complained about rather severe pain after a single application! I found that I experienced little to no pain during my usage period, although I did gain a slight level of sensitivity on the penultimate day of use; this quickly subsided after a couple of days, and it wasnt unbearable enough to warrant me putting off using the product again.
I recommend using your initiative when considering the purchase of these strips. If youve experienced great sensitivity before then, obviously, use caution or consider a dental consultation before use. Otherwise, keep some analgesics handy and hope you dont end up needing them.
Next to the increase in sensitivity, it seems that most people felt that price was a major factor when deciding upon the purchase of these strips. I paid just under £18 including postage and packing for the premium version, which is roughly the same price as the recommended retail price within the US.
Id certainly object to paying much more than this, and Ive seen these kits being sold for nearly *triple* the asking price on supposedly reputable websites! My advice is to shop around for a good deal and look for information about when the kits were manufactured so you arent sold out-dated or close to expiration strips.
Whilst the Crest system does cost more than the supermarket brightening kits, I personally think its worth paying just that little bit more for a generally better result. If cost is an issue for you, Id recommend going with the original version of Crests whitening strips; they are coated with a lower concentration of peroxide (6.5%) and require two weeks of use, but can generally be found more cheaply, even online.
I dont think you could ever expect a home treatment that costs less than £20 to ever compare to the likes of a professional dental experience (that could potentially run into the thousands of pounds); I can tell you now that those expecting a miraculous result will be sorely disappointed with *any* home treatment kit.
However, if you maintain a reasonable level of expectation about the likely outcome Im sure youll be happy with the whitening results; if all your smile needs is a bit of brightening then these strips will do the job nicely.
I recently used this little wonder paste, as well as it being resonably priced.. it also works quite well when used twice a day for a few weeks. It does take time to get astonishing results but if usage is continued it does the job. You are even provided with a card to see how many shades lighter the paste makes your teeth, which helps you see how effective the tooth paste has actually been. Another good thing about pearl drops is the fact it has a nice fresh taste, unlike others which give you a dry mouth.
I highly recomend this brand of tooth paste as i found it worked very well for me.
Vitint Safe & White Whitening Brush 1.8ml -
We all flick through magazines and see the celebrities with their faultless smiles. Everyone on tv seems to have brilliantly white teeth and we think to ourselves, I wish my teeth could look like that.
There are lots of products around that claim to whiten your teeth. There are a vast array of toothpastes, gels, home whitening kits and there is the option of paying someone a small fortune to give you perfect teeth.
Now I am one of those people that would like beautiful teeth, unfortunately being a student my budget won't stretch to a couple of hundred pound to have it done properly. I came across Vitint Safe & White Whitening Brush. At the time I bought it there was a special offer on. I bought this in boots. It cost me £9.95 but I think the usual price is £14.95. As far as I am aware the offer is still on.
This product claims to be safe for your tooth enamel and gums, and it is ok to use even if you have gum problems. They say that it does not contain peroxides or other aggressive ingredients. I don't know anything about 'the science bit' so I just have to take their word that it is safe for my teeth.
The brush itself is approximately 5 inches long. It looks a bit like a medium sized felt tip pen. The packaging is blue with white writing. It has a clear lid which covers the brush. The bristles of the brush are quite thin and white.
It comes in plastic packaging which took me a while to get into. When I cut the plastic to get into it I accidentally cut through some of the instructions so take care when opening.
INSTRUCTIONS AND APPLICATION
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. You don't have to know any dentist terminology. You are provided with a tooth chart showing a spectrum of shades of white/cream, so you can follow your progress.
Before applying you must clean your teeth thoroughly and make sure they are dry. You have to twist the bottom of the brush to make the gel appear on the bristles. I kept turning and turning but nothing seemed to be happening. I then felt the brush and realised I had far too much on there. The gel is clear so is not very easy to see. When you have the right amount on the brush you apply a layer to each tooth working the brush up and down. When this is done you have to wait about a minute for it to dry. You have to pull a funny face to keep your lips away from your teeth which is a bit of a nuisance. During application I found I was salivating a lot and needed to have a tissue handy so make sure you are prepared.
When it is dry you are advised not to eat or drink anything for about half an hour after, so make sure you have a drink first. This must be repeated twice a day and they say your teeth can be made up to 5 shades whiter after only 1 week.
Although it may sound like a bit of an effort to use this brush I was really pleased with the results. After only a couple of days I noticed a difference, they were probably about 2 - 3 shades whiter. My sister even said they were looking better!
VALUE FOR MONEY
For me £9.95 was a lot of money to pay, however I am so pleased I did, because in all honesty I didn't hold much hope. In comparison to other products on offer it wasn't that expensive and it does work so worth a try.
Glycerin, Aqua, Silica, Sodium Perborate, Sodium Gluconate, SOdium Citrate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Sodium Chloride, PEG32, Cellulose Gum, Aroma
(Just incase you do understand the science bit)
Dentists are being warned that the procedure of whitening teeth, which involves applying bleaching gel to the surface of the teeth using a special mouth mould, has been declared illegal by the EU. So unless you fancy a trip to the USA, what do you do? Nearly all teeth whitening products on the market work by abrasion, harming the teeth enamel and causing more problems than just stained teeth. Always use NON-ABRASIVE toothpaste. Select one that improves your oral health as well as safely whitening your teeth. Look out for those with the most number of active ingredients, in particular products that offer tooth whitening by non-abrasive means coupled with ingredients to help ward off tooth decay and gum disease and help eliminate bad breath. These special pastes can remove staining by enzyme action and other ingredients that can break-up staining, without the need for abrasives. In researching the whole of the market, there is only one product that has ALL the ingredients to promote oral health - JANINA OPAL LIQUID TOOTHPASTE SPRAY. This contains no less that 14 active ingredients (most other brands contain just two or three active ingredients), and the JANINA product is capable of fighting tooth decay, prevents the build up of plaque and tarter, freshens the breath and whitens the teeth, all WITHOUT abrasion! BTW. I donâ??t work for Janina
In my quest for whiter than white teeth I have used several systems - i have used the dentist provided custom made mouth trays and also the whitening strip system. I then discovered liquid smile at home whitening system. Liquid smile is a pen system that provides approx 30 top and bottom whitening treatments. all you do is dry your teeth, click the pen to start the gel flow and paint a layer on your teeth. you have to keep your lips away from your teeth for 30 seconds after applying then you can relax and let the whitening system do it's job. if you want the equivalent of a 1 hour dentist whitening you have to reapply every 10 mins for an hour. otherwise whiten a couple of times a day until desired level of whiteness is reached. although the initial whitening of my teeth was performed by the dentist provided tray system (at a cost of £350), my teeth had started to go back to a yellowy shade before i used liquid smile. after just 3 days of using liquid smile my teeth are very white and people are commenting on them saying how good they look. As far as i am concerned liquid smile is the best and by far the easiest way to whiten your teeth at around 10 - 15 % of the cost charged by dentists.
I felt that it was time to whiten my teeth, because through smoking they were alittle bit yellow. I couldn't afford the money it would cost at the dentist so I decided to see what esle was on the market. I found a product sold in Boots called rapid whiter. It was brilliant it only cost under£10 and really did the job. It came with a colour chart so you could see the difference daily. You had to put a gum shield in your mouth morning and night fill it with paste and that was it. It took 10 days and has given me so much confidence. It isn't as much of a change compared to what the dentist would do, but you just can't compare the prices.
This is the way we clean our teeth, Clean our teeth, Clean our teeth, This is the way we clean our teeth, On a cold and frosty morning. I wish I had perfect teeth. You know the sort, lovely white even teeth, the sort you are proud to show off. I think having perfect teeth would be my number one choice if I could change a body part. Well, after my tummy tuck, obviously ;-) I don’t particularly like my teeth. One of my front top teeth has a yellow stain on it from when I was a child. I am also very conscious that my teeth are not white. When I split a tooth on a crisp last year (no, really!), I had to have a crown put in and when the dentist showed me my new tooth, I was shocked that my teeth were that colour. The last time I went for a check-up, I asked my dentist how much it would cost to have my teeth whitened and straightened. He said they really weren’t bad enough to have straightened, but if I was serious, I could see an orthodontist and it’d cost over a thousand pounds! As for the whitening - well, he could obviously understand my desire there, as he didn’t try to dissuade me! He said I could pay to have a sort of mouth guard, which you slept with it in your mouth every night. This would whiten the teeth over time and cost around £250. Unfortunately, I don’t have that option, we just haven’t got that sort of money spare. So I looked at cheaper ways of trying to improve my teeth and to get closer towards that bright white ‘pop star’ smile. In our local chemists, I saw a little white container saying COLGATE 2-in-1 WHITENING TOOTHPASTE. It’s a strange shape – I suppose it could be in the shape of a tooth, with a little imagination! It’s about four inches tall and in squeezy white plastic. It looks completely different to your average old tube of toothpaste and this, along with the label design, drew me to it. The br
and name ‘Colgate’ is emblazoned across the front in its familiar white on red way. The container holds 100ml of liquid gel and according to the label, this did everything. Besides the standard, boring teeth cleaning bit, this is a special 2-in-1 formula, which also acts as a mouthwash and whitens your teeth. The sparkly shiny silver bits of the label were just an added bonus. Honest. We are definitely in the ‘cheap own brand 50p’ type category of toothpaste buyer, so shelling out a whopping great £1.79 for this seemed rather steep. But I paid up and took the little beauty home, making sure it was hidden behind my thirty-three bottles of shower gel, so the kids wouldn’t use it all up. Once home, I read the back of the label but there were no special instructions, just the usual. The three claims were there again – ‘cleans teeth like toothpaste’ (a good start really, for a toothpaste!!), ‘freshens breath like mouthwash’ and ‘gently restores the natural whiteness of teeth’. Of course, I suppose this depends on how white your teeth were initially, but we’ll see. The top of the container is a flip-up type with a little indent to place your thumb in. However, I have found this can be quite tricky and my fingers have often slipped. Once I even broke a nail! (A million women gasp in horror, a million men say “SO???”) But on the good side, the toothpaste has never leaked. There is a little pointy bit under the flip-up lid where the toothpaste comes out, by turning it upside down and squeezing. I have more confidence of getting out the last little drop with this method, than by the old trial of bending round a toothpaste tube into indescribable contortionist positions. It smells of mint – a kind of cross between peppermint and spearmint. It is a pleasant smell and quite strong. (Nowhere near as strong as the Original Source Tea Tree an
d Mint shower gel, thankfully!) But what does it taste like? After all, it’s got to go in your mouth at least once a day (preferably twice), so it should taste nice really. Well, it does, it’s a very refreshing kind of taste and – as you’d expect – a minty one. It leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh and yes, I think the mouthwash aspect works well here. After brushing, there is a slight gritty feeling left in your mouth, which feels a bit like you are chewing bits of sand between your teeth. It doesn’t last long and it’s not unpleasant especially, it’s just a bit strange. I wonder whether that is something abrasive to help clean or whiten the teeth. I couldn’t find anything that looked likely in the ingredients, but then most are long chemical sounding names, so what would I know? Although this toothpaste is expensive, it does last well. With two adults using this on a daily basis (and the odd child, when no one’s looking), I would say we’ve used up a third of it in around three weeks. You can see how much liquid gel is left too, as although the packaging isn’t clear, it is possible to see through the side. Colgate 2-in-1 is very effective at cleaning teeth too, so it scores highly on the cleaning and the mouthwash parts. As for the whitening, well, maybe, it’s hard to tell. My husband (who loves this stuff!) is very impressed though and thinks his teeth are whiter, but they have always been whiter than mine, so maybe the toothpaste has less work to do on his? Still, my philosophy is that it might work, but in the meantime, I am impressed with it, so will continue to use it anyway, whether or not I can tell my teeth are whiter in the future. Overall, I would recommend it. It leaves you feeling like you’ve just eaten a packet of Polo mints, but without the calories. Confidence is always a good thing. I can smile happily now. So, just
need to worry about the tummy tuck then ;-) This opinion is Part Two in a series of four. Look out for ‘This Is The Way We Brush Our Hair’ coming next.
What are your experiences of tooth whitening treatments? Was it worth the cost?