James' review (4.5 stars out of 5)
- An affordable way to whiten your teeth
- Lessens the appearance of obvious stains
- No sensitivity or other side effects (for us, at least)
How much is it? $89.95 and $29.95 for the refills. Free delivery is available if you spend more than $40.
Where can I buy it? Advance Whitening
A teeth whitening kit from Advance Whitening could suit those looking for a brighter smile while swerving away from a full dental procedure that can cost up to four figures.
To test the theory that you don't always need to put a lot of money where your mouth is, I tried a five-day course of treatment of the Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit. Encouragingly, I found this product cut down on small-to-medium stains that had been hanging around for longer than I'd care to admit.
What's included with the Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit?
The Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit comes in a box that contains the following:
- Three teeth-whitening pens. The pens are light and just a tiny bit fiddly on your first go.
- An LED lighting device. You'll need to do some admin first and remove a small plastic sheet to get to the batteries.
- A mouthguard. It's really easy to plug this into your LED lighting tool.
- A teeth shading guide. My favourite part. I really enjoyed the element of competition!
- Instructions on a card. I'd like to have seen some visual guidance here.
The teeth whitening kit itself is manufactured in the US, but Advance Whitening is an Aussie-owned company based in Melbourne. It's been offering teeth whitening for more than 10 years.
One of the key ingredients in the gel in the teeth whitening kit is hydrogen peroxide, which is the active bleaching solution. It soaks through the top layer of teeth enamel to lift stains.
At 6% strength, the hydrogen peroxide is at the top limit of what the Dental Board of Australia will allow for a treatment that isn't provided out by a dentist.
The other ingredients used in the transparent gel are as follows: glycerol, propylene glycol, water, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, carbomer, carboxymethyl, polyvinylpyrrolidone and menthol.
How to use the Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit
Here's a step-by-step process for using the teeth whitening kit from the comfort of home:
Step 1. Unpack your box and soak the mouthguard in boiling water to clean it. While the guard is just one size, it is fairly flexible and comfortable to wear after the set-up stage.
Step 2. Attach the guard to the end of the oval-shaped lighting device.
Step 3. Take one of your three pens containing the clear teeth whitening gel. Twist the pen's base until the gel appears above the bristle. Then coat your teeth with the liquid.
Step 4. Pop the guard in your mouth and press the button on the lighting device to switch on the LED light.
Step 5. After 10 minutes, you'll hear a beep and the light automatically switches off.
Step 6. It's now time to rinse out your mouth.
While the product's marketing promises 'results in 10 minutes', you're encouraged to take the treatment twice a night.
After five consecutive treatments, I reached as low as three-and-a-half on the shade chart after hovering between four and five in previous nights, and starting off at a seven. A very satisfying yield, I thought.
As a final step, you apply the blue Enamel Booster which is meant to 'replenish key minerals' to the teeth. It's also an aid to desensitising the teeth, but happily enough sensitivity was no issue for me at any time.
What's good about this product?
It actually works. After my five-day course I can confirm that, yes, it certainly did produce visible results.
The treatment itself is easy to administer. I had no difficulties and it was the first time I'd ever used a teeth whitening kit.
Having used the shading guide to test the colour – or, more accurately in my case, the discolour – of my teeth prior to use, I landed nearly halfway up the scale at a 'seven'. So, a fair way from the glistening whites seen in the lowest numbers.
Therefore, it was encouraging to see a bit more of a sheen to my front teeth as soon I removed the device even for the first time on day one.
What's not so good?
While the step-by-step instructions weren't hard to understand, they are all in written form without any pictures.
Some image-based guidance would have given a layer of reassurance when you first unpack the various plastic pens, etc., from the box.
After use, you have to put the guard back in a fitted slot in the box, right next to all the other materials. It felt a bit old school, especially with the added focus on all things hygiene right now.
Elsewhere, you'll find similar teeth whitening kits on the market that let you keep the guard in its own box, much like a gum shield you'd store in a case before putting it in your sports bag.
But really, these drawbacks are just nitpicking at a product which definitely won over this novice to the world of teeth whitening kits.
How to buy
To start your application, simply use the link in the table to be taken to Advance Whitening's website. There are a few different teeth whitening kit options, including a 'Wine Lovers' pack and one for couples.
Advance Whitening offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee in case you're not totally satisfied with your treatment.
Ready to give it a try?