Prom, graduation day, weddings, showers, and all sorts of special occasions mean one thing: lots and lots of photos. Whether you’re a bride, part of a wedding party, or just a guest, you don’t want to look at the photos aftewards and thinkg “wow, my teeth look so yellow!” In the old days, there weren’t really a lot of teeth whitening options, and when the technology got better and safer, it was expensive and you had to go to a dentist’s office to get treatment. But as time and technology marched on, the demand for at-home whitening products expanded exponentially, and with every passing year, the options and range of products for those who want to whiten their teeth. Perhaps when everyone’s teeth were stained from life and use, those without white teeth didn’t stand out, but now, every celebrity has a set of blindingly white teeth, and consumers wanted that look, too. Personally, teeth naturally come in different tones (as a natural redhead, mine are also naturally a bit more yellow). I don’t think anyone’s teeth need to be so white they gleam like white bathroom fixtures. But it is true that yellow teeth that are stained, make you look (ahem!) older. And now you can do something quick, easy and affordable to make teeth of any color look better.
One company featuring a range of budget-friendly teeth whitening products is Luster Premium White, This brand has a bunch of teeth whitening products, including a complete light-activated Teeth Whitening System in a box that gives you real results, real fast. Let me cut to the bottom line on this one. This kit, available at drugstore and mass market retailers has a big advantage over other light activitated systems. It is easy, fast and costs just $43.99 and each whitening treatment sessions lasts only 3 minutes from start to finish. The box has up to 20 complete whitening treatments in it, so you can get your teeth white, whiter, whitest, and then maintain it (because soda, coffee, tea and red wine will cause staining, again).
This Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System by Dentovations,was created by dentists, but you won’t have to go to a dentist’s office to use it. The Pro Light whitens in three steps, and the press literature claims that it will whiten two-times faster than strips or trays and offers visibly whiter teeth in as little as 30 minutes. Its patented light-activated technology also claims to offer similar results as dentist-office whitening treatments, but without the hassle, expense or painful sensitivity.
So, does it live up to the hype? Based on the samples I received at the launch, yes, it actually does. It’s easy and it’s fast and cheap. Although some of the whitening products for the budget-minded either are unpleasant or don’t really work well, this one works and there is very little discomfort or unpleasant-ness to deal with (see my comments below on that). You simply open the box, pop the four included AAA batteries into the light tool (read the instructions–I put all the batteries in one way, painted my teeth with gel, and then the light wouldn’t work, because I didn’t inset the batteries in a staggered way, and had to wash off the gel and start again after I put the batteries in correctly). Step 1: Rinse with the Accelerator Mouth Rinse which gently cleanses and pretreats teeth to maximize whitening results. Step 2: Brush on the Super Whitener Gel which lifts surface and deep stains with the super-oxygenating power of active dental peroxide. Step 3: Apply the Activating Whitening Light for 2 minutes, a process which activates the photo-catalyst in the Super Whitener Gel for faster, more effective whitening.
It really is that simple, and quite impressive. But there were a few things I didn’t love. I finished five treatments (half of the 10 supposedly required for great results), and my lips and gums started to get irritated. But on the plus side, after just five 2-minute treatments a lot of staining was reduced and my teeth looked at least three to four shades whiter. That’s pretty impressive for a kit that costs less than a dress! My teeth also started to feel a bit “tender” although not painful. Five treatments seemed to be my max for the day. And then there is a bit of a “drool factor” when using this kit, You paint the gel on your teeth and then should let it dry for 30 seconds without the gel touching your gums or lips. Just try it without drooling! Not so easy. And when the gel hit my lips, it stung. I coated my lips on the last three treatments with a waxy lip balm before inserting the light, as suggested, and that helped a bit. But there is no way I could do all ten in a row, even though I wanted to. Since there are up to 20 applications (depending upon how much of the mouth rinse and super whitener gel you use each time) you can space things out, and do a couple of treatments a day until your teeth are the color you hope for. In addition, unlike the GLO that fits firmly into your mouth with a bite-plate style light, this one either has to be held in place with your hands, or you can wrap your lips around the device and let it “hang.” It is awkward, although not really uncomfortable. But all that aside, it would be difficult to complain about these minor issues since the kit works really well, and it’s a cost-effective way to get whiter teeth, fast.
Premium Luster White has some other products that are good for maintenance and/or for whitening your teeth without the use of a light. For example, there is the Distinctly White Dual Action Whitening System that takes just minutes a day to apply, and claims to visibly whiten teeth noticeably in just 2 days. The set is just $12.99 and the set of gel and rinse works essentially like Steps 1 and 2 of the Pro Light Whitening System, but you don’t have to then use the light to activate this duo . The enamel safe products also offer a safe and fast way to whiten teeth without tooth sensitivity and yet the patented technology featured in Distinctly White claims that you’ll get similar results as dentist-office treatments, but with a far lower concentration of peroxide to leave teeth whiter. Without stronger ingredients, the process is bound to be more gradual, however, it’s something you can do for less than the cost of a sandwich and a drink, and you can do it when you want, in your own home. You just have to be patient, and keep your expectations, reasonable. Step 1: Rinse with the Accelerator Mouth Rinse which gently cleanses and pretreats teeth to maximize whitening results. and; Step 2: Brush on the Super Whitener Gel which lifts surface and deep stains with the super-oxygenating power of active dental peroxide. The only thing I didn’t like about this is that you have to leave the gel on your teeth for up to 10 minutes and at least in my trial, my lips and gums did start to get irritated after the four treatments a day (for a dozen treatments in three days). But although it wasn’t all that pleasant, it wasn’t all that bad, either. Each box gives you enough product for a dozen whitening treatments that you can complete on your schedule. You can enjoy a full smile makeover in just 3 days, or spread the treatments across a full week if you prefer. You can do two treatments (10 minutes each) in the morning and two treatments (10 minutes each) at night. or do one treatment in the morning and one treatment in the evening for 6 straight days. The results were good, so if you’re really on a budget, this is an excellent way to get your teeth whiter quickly, easily and affordably.
Premium Luster White also has a maintenance product that can offer some whitening and brightening. The Luster Now! Instant Whitening Mouth Rise is just $6.99 and all you have to do is rinse with your mouth with it after brushing with Luster’s Power White Deep Stain Eraser Toothpaste to maintain whatever white you’ve already accomplished, or, twice a day, simply swirl it in your mouth vigorously swishing it between your teeth for 30 seconds after brushing (I am supposing the best choice would be one of Premium Luster White’s toothpastes, or another stain erasing toothpaste). . Avoid eating or drinking for about 30 minutes after each treatment.
There are also two more traditional methods to whiten and brighten teeth with two toothpastes: Power White Deep Stain Whitening Toothpaste $6.99 (which I did not receive or try) and Luster Now! Instant Whitening Toothpaste ($7.99) which I did try. The Power White Deep Stain Whitening Toothpaste is billed as a “Deep Stain Eraser” toothpaste with a combo of active dental peroxide, fluoride and gentle cleansing ingredients that supposedly help your teeth look whiter after just one week, even better in four weeks. According to the claims, this product, in independent clinical testing, Power White was found to whiten 2-times faster than the leading whitening toothpaste brand. I can’t comment on this, but most whitening and stain erasing toothpaste products, used for a couple of weeks, will remove some surface stains and help with maintenance if you have already whitened your teeth but go back to your wicked ways of drinking wine or anything “tannic” like coffee and tea.
The second toothpaste, Luster NOW! has something called “Bluverite® Technology” that claims to leave teeth instantly whiter after after just one brushing. This “Bluverite® Technology” is an ingredient that is supposed to deliver the optical effect of whiter teeth with results that last for hours. And with daily use, Luster NOW! is supposed to remove surface and deep stains, all also keep your breath fresh. I have to say that I liked the taste and the feel of the toothpaste, and my teeth did look “polished” as if I’d been to my dentist’s office for a cleaning. My teeth did look cleaner, but my teeth didn’t look nearly as white as they did when treated with a whitening kit with a light. However, for $7.99 the toothpaste is a nice thing to use on a daily basis, or when you’re getting ready to go out for that extra “oomph!” It’s not that much of a splurge, and both of these products will make a difference.
For those who prefer something almost magical and super easy and fast, and safe, these products will help you improve, and maintain, a whiter, brighter smile. My suggestion is to try them but keep your expectations reasonable. Don’t become a teeth whitening addict, either. And, if your teeth are very badly stained and very yellow, the whitening treatments that you can get under supervision in a dentist’s office are still more powerful and more likely to lift off very bad stains. But if your teeth are reasonably well cared for and in a normal color, you may find that with Luster Premium White products, you soon have a lot more to smile about!
These products will be found in drug and mass market retails in places like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Rite Aid, Kroger and online at LusterPremiumWhite.com