Let’s face it.
Many teeth whitening campaigns can be downright misleading or even scammy.
A lot of them use celebrity endorsements, hoping you’ll buy because you think your teeth will look like theirs.
This is just my opinion, but I would bet most of the celebrities don’t even use the teeth whitening products they endorse.
Shocking, right? [end sarcasm]
Even if they do, that’s probably not how their teeth became so white in the first place.
More than likely they started by having a local, professional bleaching procedure done by their dentist or at-home whitening products and techniques that I recommend here and homemade remedies in this book.
Now that doesn’t mean some of these products don’t work, because I do think they can be somewhat effective. But I would never use these products alone and expect drastic results.
If you’re going to buy Idol White, use it in conjunction with a good brushing routine (and I HIGHLY recommend investing in an electric toothbrush). Then use these whitening products to brighten up your smile when your teeth start to look dull.
But if you have years and years of plaque on your teeth and they are very yellow, a whitening pen for example, is not going to give you instant results.
- First, see a dentist to remove tough plaque and yellow stains.
- Next, invest in an electric toothbrush like the Philips Sonicare brand. I swear this will change your life and you’ll never look at a $3.99 toothbrush again. 🙂
- Then follow up with either whitening strips once a year or something like Idol White to polish and keep your teeth white.
- Remember not to overdo these whitening products because they can be harsh on the enamel if you use them too often.
The Truth About Most Teeth Whitening Products
Idol White, for example, is not really anything new. It’s simply a pen with a “special” ingredient.
That ingredient is just hydrogen peroxide, which is typically in most OTC whitening products.
But advertisers know putting a pretty face next to the campaign sells.
I want to emphasize that these products can definitely help brighten your teeth, but most are not going to do help you go from severely yellow teeth to super white teeth in a short time.
Also, don’t forget about the power of Photoshop. Any picture can be edited to brighten the teeth in a photo — so keep that in mind if you find yourself lured into buying a teeth whitening product just because of a picture.
I’m not saying some of these products don’t work, just put things into perspective. Buy them to help polish and gently brighten your teeth once they start to get dull.
I’ll be the first to admit I use white strips regularly, but I know that won’t work alone.
If you want white teeth for the long-run, start with good dental hygiene and see a dentist regularly.
Then keep your teeth white with some home remedies you can find here and on this site.