WhiteLight Tooth Whitening System: Does It Really Work?
So, you want to blind people when you smile? Now there's a product on the market that claims it can whiten your teeth fast, using light technology. It's called "Whitelight Tooth Whitening System". But does it really work? We put it to the test and can now tell you our results.
Firstly, let's look at the information on the packaging.
NEW! WhiteLight (TM) Tooth Whitening System. Whiten teeth FAST using Light Technology! Results in just 10 "minutos".
Dr. Harvey Silverman DMD, FASDA, FABAD: "White Light, now you can effectively whten your teeth at home."
Shandi Finnessey Miss USA 2004, White Light believer: "I know the im portance of a beautiful smile... you should try the WhiteLight System!"
Fast, Convenient, Easy To use!
Targets & Removes Tough Stains. Easy to maintain for Long Lasting Results!
And, the kiss of death line: "AS SEEN ON TV!"
Well, I suppose my teeth could use some whitening so I bought it. The black chick at the till told me "This really works!", and she pulled back her lips to show me teeth that are so milky white, they're almost a light blue against her dark skin. Did she really get that with this product? I wonder, but who am I to distrust people who are selling me something. Well, the proof is in the pudding, so I went home and tried it for myself. I hoped I could get the same results as the lady at the till.
According to the instructions, first, you should brush your teeth.
Then, open the WhiteLight package. There are two pieces of soft rubbery plastic in it that easily attach one to the other. This forms a dental tray that you can later on put in your mouth.
But first, you take one of the tubes of gel, and apply some gel to the dental tray.
Then place the dental tray so it fits over your upper and lower teeth.
Next, you place a Light Transmitter against the dental tray. The Light Transmitter is a small little device that you have to hold with your lips. A switch on top of it turns on a little blue light. This light in combination with the gel is apparently what is supposed to whiten your teeth.
After some minutes, the dental tray started hurting my gums on the left side, and was rather uncomfortable to hold in while I wait for the blue light to turn off. But I just held it.
According to the instructions, the Light Transmitter should turn off by itself after ten minutes, and your treatment is done. However, mine didn't and after 20 minutes I stopped by myself.
Are my teeth perfectly white now? Let's have a look at the before and after picture. Warning: My teeth aren't the prettiest or straightest or most perfect you've ever seen, so sensitive readers, you've been warned.
Do you see any difference? Yes, maybe slightly; the before picture seems to show more yellow teeth, however that might just be the photos' white balance that isn't quite the same on both pictures. But perhaps this 10 minute (which turned out to be 20 minutes in my case since the blue light didn't turn off as it should) "whitening" treatment did make a slight difference.
All in all, after one treatment, I'm not really wowed. However, as they say in the instructions, you might do the ten minute cycle three times in a row for a total of 30 minutes. Or for "intense whitening", you may do it for 30 minutes a day for up to 5 days.
I haven't done it that much yet because I lost interest and don't really have 30 minutes for a week to walk around with a rubber dental tray and a blue light transmitter in my mouth, with drool running like waterfalls out of the corners of my mouth (note that you'll need something to dry up your drool with while using this device).
So if you think the results displayed here makes you feel like using this product, go ahead and see if it creates actually white teeth if you use it like crazy. Then please come post your findings in the comments section.
This product actually might work if you use it for days in a row for half an hour each time, who knows; however as demonstrated here, clearly the "Only 10 minutes!" advertised treatment alone will not quite turn your teeth into blinding reflectors. It's probably not quite "FAST" as advertised.