I’ve recently been on a bit of a mission to get my teeth looking really white. But teeth whitening at the dentist is bloody expensive – I believe it’s around £400-£600 in the UK, which is a lot. So, over the past few months I’ve tried a few affordable products that are available in England and tested them out so you guys can skip straight to the ones that really work.
However, I’ll just say that – I wouldn’t describe my teeth as particularly stained or discoloured, so how the products worked on my teeth might be different to yours.
Blanx white shock tooth paste
It recommends on the box that this tooth paste is used twice a day for four weeks – which I did. The paste supposedly reacts to light and brightens teeth when exposed to light. It is non-abrasive and contains no bleach. After using the toothpaste for three weeks, I did have a couple of people tell me that my teeth were looking pretty white and although they weren’t white-white, they looked pretty stain free after using Blanx white shock.
The toothpaste cost me £5, which is a pretty average price in the way out whitening toothpastes, so I felt pretty neutral about the price really. I used the toothpaste with my regular toothbrush. Although the paste seemed to lighten my teeth, I never felt like my mouth was very fresh and and clean like I would with a regular tooth paste. It seemed to whiten them a little though, although it definitely wasn’t a ‘white shock’. I’d say that for the price, the tooth paste is definitely worth a try – especially if you’ve got quite stained teeth.
Colgate max white expert white toothbrush and whitening pen
I was kind of hesitant to try this brush and pen as it cost £10.50 which seems like a lot for what it is, especially as I wasn’t convinced that the toothbrush would do anything special. In hindsight, I feel like the toothbrush probably was a good brush as it has ‘polishing bristles’ and ‘stain removers’, which are basically little bits of rubber that feel really weird against your teeth. However, I will say that when I’d brushed my teeth with the brush they felt exceptionally clean and smooth – kind of like they do when you’ve been to the dentist and had a good clean.
The pen itself is kind of a weird concept as you put the gel on and then don’t rinse it off. So the first few times I used it I kind of just awkwardly walked around for half an hour smiling, not sure when to close my mouth and let it wash off in my mouth. I also was unsure about swallowing it, but it must be safe for them to tell you specifically not to wash it off right? It does contain hydrogen peroxide though, but only contains 0.1%. Although, I guess that’s also a good sign that it can’t have any harsh chemicals in that are ruining your teeth, on the bright side.
I’d say after I’d use the pen for about a week I could definitely see a difference. My teeth looked shinier and brighter and they constantly felt super smooth and clean. I feel like this made a difference. I used them for the recommended three weeks and by the end I’d definitely say there was a noticeable difference – definitely not the bright white on the models in the advert though, but I knew that wouldn’t happen. I feel like the difference the Colgate brush and pen made were more noticeable than the Blanx White Shock toothpaste. The only down side is that when the gel is on your teeth, they feel awfully furry and unclean – but I reckon the furriness is worth it.
Pearl Drops instant natural white toothpaste
The Pearl Drops toothpaste is actually meant to be £7 – which is really expensive for a toothpaste – but I managed to get it from B&M Bargains for £1.99 so figured I may as well try it for that price. The toothpaste promises “instantly whiter teeth after just one week’, and after using it for four weeks, I would say my teeth looked really clean and had that kind of sparkle to them that you get after a good five minutes of scrubbing, flossing and mouth washing. However, I don’t think it did anything for the colour of my teeth.
Similar to the Blanx toothpaste, it didn’t leave my mouth feeling minty fresh like regular toothpastes do, but my teeth did feel pretty clean. If you can get it from B&M like I did, I’d say it’s worth trying. However, I don’t think I’d pay the full £7 for it – I just don’t think it’s worth that.
Overall, if I was going to purchase any of these again, it’d definitely be the Colgate brush and pen. It was the only product that I noticed a significant difference with, and although it was the most expensive out of the three products, you do get a toothbrush out of it.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any products that you think really worked so that I can give them a go! Also let me know if you try any of these or already have, I’d love to know what you think of them.
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