I’ve never whitened my teeth before in fact I hate anyone seeing my teeth as they are so stained and misaligned. If I’m completely honest I don’t really understand how teeth whitening works, I know that celebrities always have perfectly white teeth but I assumed it was down to veneers rather than whitening.
What I do know is that teeth whitening will NOT alter the natural colour of your teeth. So why use it then? The tooth is composed of 2 main visible components which are Enamel and Dentin.
Enamel is a clear and hard protective coating that rest on top of the dentin which is a soft bone like tissue. Everyone’s enamel is clear and collects tough to remove stains over time however not everyone’s dentin is naturally bright white. Some are fortunate to have naturally bright white dentin while others have an off white or in rare cases a yellow colored dentin. Teeth whitening will only remove the stains from the enamel thus revealing the true colour of your dentin.
I have no idea what the original colour of my dentin is, I’ve tried to take good care of my teeth and only have one filling but I do love coffee, tea and other things that cause teeth staining so my teeth are a bit of a nasty colour.
I tried the The LED teeth whitening system* by Smile Brilliant which is perfect for those who want great tooth whitening results but are on a budget. The LED system is far more effective than something you would buy from a chemist due to its 22% carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gel and high strength LED light which accelerates the whitening process.
The ingredients in the teeth whitening system are: Glycerin 77.1% | Carbamide Peroxide 22% | Carbomer 0.5% | Menthol 0.2% | EDTA 0.2% and the product has a shelf life of 2 years refrigerated or 1 year at room temperature (unrefrigerated).
I’m only interested in actually whitening my front teeth as they are the only teeth that people can see when I open my mouth or smile so I expected to get around 5-8 applications from the gel.
The process is really simple, you pull off the teeth whitening pen cap, twist the bottom clockwise to move the gel to the top of the pen, paint the gel evenly on the front surface of your front upper and lower teeth and the crevices where your teeth come together and finally insert the mouth guards.
The LED light is placed up to your teeth and you wrap your lips around the plastic guard, treatment times vary based on individual sensitivity levels but it is recommended you leave the light in your mouth for the first 20-40 minutes and the gel and protective tray for 1-3 hours. The first timescale is manageable for me but there is no way I could possibly leave the tray in my mouth for 1-3 hours so when I started the treatment I wasn’t expecting great results.
After 3 weeks of use there is a definite change of colour not brilliant white but a much whiter shade than I had. I’ve only managed 40 mins at a time as it’s not comfortable for me to keep the tray in my mouth any longer, although I don’t have the confidence to post pictures of my teeth on my blog I have been smiling more in public with my mouth open so I look like I’m actually smiling and not grimacing which is great.