I have a confession to make: I drink a lot of diet wild cherry soda, black tea, iced tea and blackberry-pomegranate juice. Recently, I noticed that these beverages are wreaking havoc on the whiteness of my smile. And since my Parents paid a lot of money so that I could have perfect, straight teeth (I had silver caps until I was eight, then braces until I was 16.), I decided that I should try to whiten them.
I purchased the $65 Crest Whitestrips, and they helped a bit, but my teeth were still dingy-looking and SUPER sensitive afterwards. So when a friend suggested the GoSmile Whitening Light System ($198, use promo FallG2G to bring it down to $158), I decided to give it a try.
The process for using the whitening system is a bit laborious compared to the ease of a drugstore whitestrip. First, you crack one of the ampoules and rub the spongy end across your teeth to distribute the whitening liquid. Then, you place the light machine into your mouth–it fits a bit like a mouth guard–and turn it on. And then, you sit there for 10 minutes drooling on yourself–glamorous, I know.
You repeat this process two more times, for a total of 30 minutes of whitening.
The GoSmile system is different from other whiteners I’ve tried in two ways: 1) it didn’t make my teeth more sensitive to hot and cold and 2) it actually works.
The whitening chart GoSmile provides says that teeth can become eight shades whiter after just one use. For me, it was more like four shades, but it was still visibly whiter. And according to the chart, they will only get whiter as I continue to use the product. (There are four treatments in the kit, I would recommend one per week for a month.)
As for the downsides, they were minimal. My hand got a little tired from holding the whitening light in my mouth for half-an-hour, no big deal. And having to clean saliva from the device and drooling a bit was a little gross, so I’d recommend using the device when no one is around.
I loved this product. It whitened my teeth as promised. It didn’t make my teeth more sensitive. And for days afterward, my teeth felt unbelievably smooth and clean (A friend who also used the product thinks the light may kill plaque bacteria, but I can’t say for sure.). This product was cheaper than a professional whitening, but very effective. It’s one of the best purchases I’ve made in awhile.