I purchased a deal from Groupon Goods recently for a Premium Home teeth whitening kit(XCR-2020: whatever that means). It looked pretty awesome on paper. I’ll show you guys what the thing looked like on Google Goods: $29 for Premium Home Whitening Teeth-Whitening Kit ($158 List Price) with free shipping. Umm… YES!!
So basically you pay $29 for a Premium Home Whitening teeth-whitening kit ($158 list price). Here’s their pitch info thing:
“Premium Home Whitening’s kits blanch chompers up to five shades with FDA-compliant gels. To begin, users press mold-and-bite trays against the upper and lower mouth ridges, creating a custom mold for enamel outlines. After a conservative squirting of US-made carbamide peroxide gel, users insert their impressions into the mouth while clutching the micro LED light between their lips. Treatments should be self-administered for 30–60 minutes once or twice per day for a total of seven to nine sessions, which provides ample time to watch TV, read books, or challenge cats to competitive staring contests. Features: Can whiten teeth up to five shades; FDA-compliant carbamide peroxide gels; Custom-molded trays for upper and lower teeth; Mini LED light speeds up whitening process and directs Lego traffic; Visible results after 7–9 sessions.”
Okay first of all, the instructions are not clear enough. There need to be pictures and way more information. Or a website that we could go to to see more information about this. Clearly, it seems like a very specific way to apply this thing but yet I don’t entirely get what’s supposed to go where. There isn’t enough information on this whitening kit as to how to clean it, how to use it… I’m a little confused at this point but alright.
So first, we’re supposed to mold the tooth forms to our teeth by letting it sit in warm/hot water for a while so that it softens up and molds to our teeth. Did this work? Absolutely not. The molds did not get molded to my teeth at all. They stayed the same. I tried this so many times. Nothing. So yeah, that’s a fail. Pretty major fail.
Again to the instructions, they don’t really say where and how much and how exactly to put the whitening gel into the mold. Where do I distribute it? All around? Up front or on the bottom? Where?!? Who knows. No idea. So I just did what I thought I should do and put them on bottom/front of the mold. Then I go to put the teeth molds onto my teeth and it says not to get the whitening gel onto gums cause it might cause irritation. Well I’m sorry but the molds DID NOT form onto my teeth so obviously the gel will seep out. And it does. Especially on the lower part. No idea where it’s going but this is extremely uncomfortable to hold in mouth for 30 minutes along with the UV light in front. It actually hurts my gums as the molds are inside in my mouth because it goes way over them. I can feel the molds going against my gums and it causes me considerable amount of pain. I’ll be pissed if my gums come out irritated and in even more in pain afterwards.
Then you’ve gotta put the blue gel into the molds to demineralize your teeth. This is so much hassle already, jeez. And again, the instructions say to do it once a week but isn’t the whole process supposed to only last a week? And it doesn’t say how much to put into the tray so I just went for a similar amount as for the whitening gel, which by the way, was not super clear either and a picture would have definitely helped me get a better understanding of how much I’m actually supposed to be putting into the tray.
So this is a whole lot of hassle and if anyone bought this kit for the original price, well…. I feel bad for you. This product is proving to be very deficient so far. I guess only time will tell how it actually works.
[x days later]
My gums got bleached around the tooth sometimes after a session, but it would go away the next day. I could also feel them throbbing a bit after a session. No major tooth sensitivity happened and I used the blue gel for demineralizing the teeth only twice.
In summary, did my teeth get whiter? Maybe. I didn’t take any before/after pictures but I think they do look a bit whiter. They weren’t yellow or anything beforehand but I think they are whiter now than they were before. Was the purchase worth it? It’s debatable… I think I’ve had the same results with any other whitening system (like Crest) but those are usually around $50, so maybe it is worth it from the price standpoint. I just wish they were more comfortable and explained it better how to use it. And it’d be cool if there wasn’t any extreme gum sensitivity that may follow. (ouch)
Have you ever used a tooth whitening system?
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