Teeth whitening is something I’ve always been a little on the fence about (remember Ross’ luminous teeth moment in Friends?) but really keen to try. For those who know me, I’m rarely without a coffee of some sort in my hand, and my teeth have taken a bit of a beating, so during a Bloggers Hangout Twitter event I jumped at the opportunity to give Doll White’s tooth whitening strips a try.
How cute is the packaging? I know everyone has said this but it’s really pretty and makes something dental a lot less scary!
I have to be honest, I’ve never been the best with my teeth – I’m absolutely terrified of the dentist, something I’m really trying to get over because it’s completely irrational as my dentist is lovely! It might have something to do with knocking my front teeth out a few years back, and as a result, I’ve been known to put off going to the dentist as I had more appointments in a year than most people have in a lifetime to sort them out!
So, due to the knocking-out-teeth situation, although my actual teeth were able to be saved (thank god!) the lower parts of my front teeth are now fake, as I chipped them too. This was something I felt I needed to check before whitening my teeth, and although reviews say that composite can’t be whitened, I had a look and my coffee drinking doesn’t seem to have had an effect on them so much, so hopefully this treatment will actually make them match! The strips are also non-peroxide based, which is great for someone with sensitive teeth like me.
So, first task – putting on the strips. I wouldn’t say this was an easy experience on the first try! I did have some trouble getting the strips to stay on my teeth at first as they didn’t seem to want to stick, however eventually managed to press them down with the inside of my lips and tongue. Later reading of another review suggested blotting teeth dry with a tissue first, so I tried this out second time round and it did actually help a little, so maybe this is where I went wrong! Of course, once they were in I immediately started dribbling which is so attractive. And also a nightmare if the phone rings when you’re in the middle of the treatment. Yep, that happened.) Aside from the dribbling, when the strips are in they’re fairly unnoticeable I have the strips on my teeth in the image below and as you can see, they’re pretty invisible.
The strips are left in for 30mins, and because they’re so unobtrusive you can go about your business as usual, which is really handy when you’re still busy of an evening like me. The pack says they have a minty flavour, which I can’t say I’ve noticed, but they don’t taste unpleasant – they basically taste of nothing, or maybe slightly like that mouthwash they give you at the dentist.
Taking out the strips definitely requires a bathroom and more tissue! They leave a gel-like stuff on your teeth, which does feel really weird and is a bit difficult to rinse off but isn’t too bad once you’re used to it.
Although I don’t think it’s a hugely noticeable difference after using the strips for 2 days, hence why I haven’t taken any further pictures yet, I have started to notice certain patches of my teeth getting lighter when looking close up (I won’t subject you all to a view of my teeth that close!) The patchiness could be to do with my application of the strips – I’ll try to press them down more firmly and see if this helps. Also, I think coffee drinking probably lessens the effect somewhat – I don’t think anyone deserves to be subjected to me in the morning when I haven’t had a coffee though!
Overall, I think the idea of these strips is great – they’re comforable to wear (minus dribble-central!) and don’t have the horrible taste you’d expect from a bleach-type product, and are perfect if you have sensitive teeth as they don’t sting at all. I do think they could work better if they were easier to mould to your teeth, but I’ll save my final verdict for the update once I’ve finished the course of strips! I’ll also post a before and after pic to help you make the judgement for yourself.
Would you ever consider tooth whitening products, knowing there are alternatives to peroxide bleaching? Feel free to comment below!
Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free in exchange for a blog review, however all opinions are honest and wholly my own.