Whether you are a fashion model, actor, school teacher or secretary, chances are you want a healthy, beautiful looking smile. Nothing can ruin an otherwise great photo the way yellow, stained teeth can. The good news is that large retailers fill their shelves with solutions for this very problem. In fact, at a recent dentist visit, after inquiring about teeth whitening, I was quoted over a hundred dollars to have the procedure performed in office and advised that store bought kits work just as well for a fraction of the price. That advice led me to Target in search of the perfect teeth whitening system.
I settled on Up & up 1 Hour Intense Whitening Kit which runs approximately $12.99, primarily because it can be done in 1 hour and promised dramatic results. Other kits took twice as long to work and other teeth whitening products promised results up to weeks later. Additionally, the instructions were few and easy to follow.
Excited to get started, I began my procedure an hour before bed which many reviews recommended. My teeth currently had suffered abuse and mild staining, partially incurred from tea parties with my two year old, as well as coffee breaks and not being able to brush as long as I should. I don’t smoke or drink many dark colored beverages. I don’t have any cavities or tooth sensitivity.
The directions tell you to follow a few easy steps, and then repeat them all one more time. The first round of steps was no problem at all. By the second round, I felt some discomfort on my gums halfway through. I have always had a high pain tolerance so I thought little of it and continued the process. The box instructions reassured me that any tooth and gum sensitivity caused by this product was temporary.
Unfortunately, I soon realized that the product was seriously burning my gums and I ran to the bathroom to end the process ten minutes early. When I removed the teeth whitening trays from my mouth you could see my gum had been burned by the whitening chemical very badly in two places. I called the customer service phone number on the box and because it was after hours there was no one to assist me with this problem. Upon turning to the internet, I found that many people had suffered similar burns to their gums and it would heal with time.
In the four days that followed, I could not drink smoothies, juice or eat fruits because the citric acid burned these sore spots intensely. It was also difficult to brush my teeth without touching the damaged skin. It was a painful couple of days. One thing I would have done differently is exercise extra caution to make sure I am not pressing the teeth whitening tray again any part of my gums when I am sealing it against my teeth though I’m not sure how realistic that is. I wish the box would have explained how to avoid this problem more clearly.
The good news is– my teeth do appear whiter, and I feel very confident about my smile. I am also happy that it cost about a hundred dollars less than a dentist would have charged. I wish I could have enjoyed the results immediately instead of after four days of pain finally subsided. Since I feel apprehensive about trying this product again in the future, I will be more vigilant about brushing my teeth for the proper length of time and especially after consuming foods or drinks known to cause staining.