Admit it – given the chance, we’d all like to have slightly whiter teeth. It’s a myth that everyone’s teeth are naturally brilliant white, and that damage we do ourselves discolours them – most people, like me, have naturally imperfect teeth. Now, don’t get me wrong – they’re not all crooked and falling out by any stretch of the imagination; I’m actually blessed with naturally straight teeth. But colour-wise, they have never been a perfect white shade. I would say, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being white, 10 being yellow) that mine were about a 5 – I suspect that it the same for the majority of you guys too.
So, like many, I have tried the different whitening procedures – from toothpastes to a whitening gel worn inside a gum shield (my hockey days are well and truly over, thank you very much!). The former method has never really worked, and the latter made my teeth very sensitive (NEVER to be recommended!). I was sceptical when Colgate brought out their new offering for whiter teeth, the Max White One Toothpaste:
The toothpaste claims to contain ingredients similar to those used by dentists, and uses ‘White Accelerator micro-crystals’ to help whiten teeth. It’s main selling point is that it will make teeth ‘one shade whiter in one week’
So, being the sceptic that I am about these things, you’re probably expecting me to say what a load of rubbish it is…sorry to disappoint ladies, but it really works! I’ve been using the toothpaste twice a day for a week and I have seen a definite change in the whiteness of my teeth. I’m a little paranoid about them, so I really do notice every change – I could safely say that my teeth are much close to the ‘4’ mark than the ‘5’ now. And that’s after one week! Just for the record, Colgate have not asked me to review this product, nor have I had any contact with them – I bought this product from Morrisons, on offer for a fantastic £2.66.
In terms of taste/texture, there is still a lovely minty taste to the toothpaste – sometimes, in whitening products, that can be lost – you feel like you’ve brushed with poly-filler rather than toothpaste. The only downside to this products is that it is a little foamy, but once you get used to it it really isn’t that much of a hardship.
You might just see my flashing my gnashers a little more from now on!