Pros: Whitened slightly. Less expensive than others.
Cons: Burns! I don't think it is safe.
I bought Natural White 5-Minute Tooth Whitening System after standing in Wal-Mart for quite awhile comparing various teeth whitening products. I chose this one because it was less expensive than others and looked a little easier.
At the website www.naturalwhite.com there is a lot of information about the history of teeth whitening; research and frequently asked questions. To answer one very important question What is tooth whitening? I will use the websites answer. Remember that this whole concept is new:
"Unfortunately that is a difficult question to answer because the FDA has not standardized the requirements necessary to call a consumer product a whitening product. Currently, all that is required to be a "whitening" product is that it contain some type of whitening activity or ingredient. This means that simply the mechanical action of brushing your teeth is an FDA recognized "whitening" process. Consumers are cautioned to read the ingredients of the products purchased (if they choose an over-the-counter option) before purchasing to ensure proven whitening ingredients can be found in the product. Other whitening processes include, porcelain veneers, bonding and laser whitening which provides excellent whitening results although at a significant cost."
What you get:
~3/4 of an ounce of bleaching gel
~4 ounces of oral rinse
~a duplex mouth tray this means that the tray allows you to whiten both the upper teeth and lower ones at the same time.
~a tooth shade guide this is a strip that has 16 colors on it. You can use this to match the color of your teeth before you start and as you go along.
~an instruction booklet
Who is this for:
Lets start with who it isnt for. This product is not recommended in children under 16.
It isnt for someone who has extensive dental restoration because dental restorations do not change color when tooth whitener is applied.
In my opinion, this isnt for someone who has very sensitive gums. If your gums bleed easiy or you have large pockets between your gums and teeth, this may not be something you would want to try without checking with your dentist. See below for more information about this.
This should not be used for more than 14 days.
It also should not be used for people who have braces.
How is it used:
It really is simple. You first brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Then you will try the duplex tray for fit. This tray is flexible and can be cut easily to fit. My mouth is small and I did need to cut it a bit. Obviously dont trim it while it is in your mouth!
Then put the gel in both the top and bottom of the tray. You only need a little bit and with the tip of the tube you spread the gel so it will be evenly distributed in the trays and then put the tray in your mouth for 10 minutes. The directions say 5-15. Then rinse the tray and your mouth with a capful of the oral rinse. "This is supposed to restore pH balance." (from the leaflet)
Apparently there are 25 applications in the gel tube. My husband and I both used this about a dozen times. I'd say there is 1/2 of the tube left. It is suggested that you use it for 7-10 days but after about 6 days I called our dentist who told us not to use it because it can cause burning and that is what we were both feeling. After reading many reviews of various whitening products I know that is a common lament. In fact my toothpaste which has a whitening agent burns! Although there are precautions which I have noted, we are told that it whitens safely but I don't think it does and neither does our dentist.
Since it says that it is guaranteed to whiten teeth shades lighter in one week and that it is clinically proven safe and effective we probably could return it but wont bother. I just am not recommending it!
What is in this stuff?
The ingredients are listed on the website:
Water, Glycerin, Carbomer 974P, Hydrogen Peroxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Sodium Stannate
Water, SD Alcohol 38B, Sorbitol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Saccharin, FD&C Blue #1
My final thoughts:
The basic question is did it whiten our non-capped teeth?. We used it one day less than the recommended amount. I can't imagine one more day would have made a significant difference. It did whiten our teeth slightly but not enough to risk using it for 10 days or at all!
Based on our dentist's feelings and our experiences I cannot recommend this product and will tell you to avoid it. I dont think the possible negative affects are worth it. I would consider spending $250 to have them done by a professional and I would suggest that of you also.
"Will over-the-counter products cause tooth and gum sensitivity?
Some consumers will experience mild tooth and gum sensitivity when using any bleaching product. Because the mouth is so sensitive, we generally notice any change we make to our usual oral hygiene regiment. When a person starts flossing after prolonged periods of not flossing, they also experience minor amounts of gum sensitivity as well. Remember, for products with a bleaching agent, peroxide does slightly increase temperature sensitivity in the teeth during the time it is being used. That's why it is important to follow the product instructions carefully."
Feel free to leave me a question or comment.