June 26, 2014
This is a product review of a non-running product, but I thought it would be fun to share. This is my review of the Philips Zoom DayWhite teeth whitening product. Full disclosure: I paid for this whitening; this blog post isn’t a paid endorsement. I received a discount on this product, but the vendor did not know I was going to review it in a blog post.
For years, my dental hygienist have been suggesting that I whiten my teeth. I didn’t take it seriously, but tried whitening toothpastes with no improvement. I thought such a product or process was too vain and not for me.
People were right to notice my yellow teeth. I noticed it too. They were pretty uneven, but some parts were really dark. My hygienist said the darkest part of my teeth were a 4.5. That’s not an appealing shade.
I do take really good care of my oral hygene including brushing and flossing regularly. And I’ve never needed braces! Typically, people get yellow teeth from staining foods and drinks like coffee. But I don’t drink coffee, ever! I get the feeling my teeth were tainted because of English genes I inherited from my dad. English people have stereotypically bad teeth, right?
Being single again was the impetus for me to try this. Maybe a whiter, brighter smile would help me make a better first impression. If nothing else, being proud of my pearly white may improve my confidence and smile and be appealing in a different way. Or, maybe my teeth will gleam even more for race photos!
On a scheduled visit with my hygienist a couple of months ago, I mentioned I was interested in whitening. She was only too happy to set me up with an appointment for the system they carried. The dentist that owned the place gave me a pretty good discount too for being a long-time customer. Discounted, but definitely not free. He said it was just above his cost…
The first thing they did was create custom ‘trays’ for my teeth. They made impressions of my teeth by putting a fast setting putty around my teeth which molded to the shape. A week later I was able to pick up trays custom fitted to my teeth.
The whitening product consists of a hydrogen-peroxide paste. You put a ‘pea’ in the front of where each tooth will be, then wear the trays for 30 minutes. The trays keep the paste from washing away from the teeth. This process was to be repeated every night for 3 weeks.
I got used to using the timer function on my phone to time the 30 minutes. It became my habit to say that my teeth are ‘done’ when the alarm went off, as if I was baking a cake or something.
Using the time while wearing the trays was weird. Usually, I’d go right to bed right after brushing my teeth. But instead, for those 3 weeks I’d brush my teeth, then have to wear the trays for 30 minutes. I’d try to make that time productive by multi-tasking, but I’d often just waste time on the computer or watch TV. I suppose this 30 minutes of ‘downtime’ was the only downside of the system.
I was warned that the process could cause some severe discomfort. Some patients had reported that they had severe tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Some even felt pain when breathing. Fortunately I didn’t get much of that. I felt a bit of sensitivity once or twice, and used some Sensodyne to numb it. Maybe runners just have a higher pain tolerance in general?
The other discomfort was if the paste touched the gums. This happened to me quite a few times. The hygienist recommended I wipe it off immediately if it happened, but sometimes I couldn’t.
After 3 weeks of use, my hygienist says that the darkest part of my teeth brightened from a shade of 4.5 to 2.5. In general, I can tell my teeth are brighter, but they are starting to yellow again. I’m told I can ‘touch up’ by using it a couple of days after each cleaning.
It was a little inconvenient, but I definitely do notice an improvement in my teeth. They’re starting to yellow again, but that’s what the touch-up is for!
I’d definitely recommend this product. Look forward to seeing the new and improved smile in future posts!!