A bright, pearly white smile is something we would all love to have, especially with the holidays coming up—and all the photos that are sure to come along with them too. If you want to polish up those pearly whites, you can either go to your dentist for an in-office treatment (which is super effective but can also be super pricey, too) or head to the drugstore and grab a box of whitening strips. While whitening strips are much more cost-effective, they typically take weeks to show full results and—speaking from personal experience here—can make teeth unbearably sensitive.
There is a third option though, one that delivers quick and dramatic results but also can be done conveniently from home—the Philips Zoom! DayWhite Maximum White system. This take-home whitening kit can be purchased directly from your dentist and delivers optimal results in two weeks, wearing the trays twice a day for 30 minutes. The cost will vary depending on your dentist’s office, however it is significantly less expensive than in-office treatments.
When Philips asked if I would like to test the system out, I was both excited and nervous. I was looking forward to the professional grade whitening power, but as I previously mentioned, my sensitive teeth can barely tolerate drugstore whitening strips and I was going straight for the full-strength system.
But of course, I agreed and used the system twice a day for two weeks. Even though my teeth were fairly white to begin with, it wasn’t until I compared my before and after pictures that I realized how amazing the results were.
Take a look and see for yourself:
Pretty impressive, right? Now onto my experience…
It does require having teeth whitening trays made by your dentist at an additional cost, but you can use them for touch-ups in the future. Since they are custom-fitted to your teeth, they feel much more comfortable, secure and precise than standard whitening strips.
The formula contains 9.5% hydrogen peroxide to whiten, as well as ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to protect tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity at the same time. I also switched to a sensitivity-relief toothpaste to prevent any sensitivity as best I could.
I’m not going to lie, the first couple treatments weren’t very fun. First of all—I definitely filled my whitening trays too full with the gel, causing it to squish out onto my gums, causing quite a bit of discomfort. My bad. Once I figured out the right amount of gel to use, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all and to my surprise, I only experienced a bit of mild sensitivity the first few days then hardly any at all after that.
Even a tiny improvement can have a huge impact on your smile when it comes to teeth whitening. I made sure to use the exact same photography set up, camera settings and lighting equipment when taking my before and after pictures to stay consistent.
Let’s take a close-up look at the results…
Quantitatively, I technically only went one shade lighter on Philips’ colour guide. My inner science geek wanted to be a little more precise, so I sampled my tooth colour before and after in Photoshop to get their exact hue, saturation and luminosity levels. I found it quite interesting to see my “before” colour was in the yellow range and my “after” colour was in the blue range, while the saturation and luminosity levels were nearly the same. So, although they didn’t lighten substantially, they definitely did whiten, giving them a much brighter appearance.
What matters most though, is how happy I am and how confident I feel with my new smile!
If you’re interested in trying the system out, talk to your dentist about which Philips Zoom! whitening kit is best for you. You can also visit zoomwhitening.com for more information.