When you live in Asia, there is no escaping the whitening phenomenon. The most popular skin care ranges from many brands tend to be the whitening, or the more politically correct “brightening”, skincare ranges. Companies and brands in fact places a lot of focus on these ranges because of the ingrained philosophy that fairer = better.
Fact is though, few whitening or brightening skincare ranges actually work. If they do, they don’t work over the long term and from personal experience, I find them too drying to my skin. In fact, I have not used a whitening/brightening skincare product for months. Hang the freckles and spots. Creams do too little for them anyway!
So when I tell you I found a whitening product that actually works, its like “Hallelujah!” 😀
Here is a product that promises to whiten within 14 days. Lovely! So, I put it to the test and what d’ya know? It did do a fairly good job in the whitening department. I’ve been using this for about a month now and am quite happy to continue to. What is this marvellous product that actually works then?
Toothpaste 😀 😀
Haha… did you guess right? 😀
This is quite an unconventional beauty product but I have to say I was quite impressed with the Colgate Advanced White toothpaste because it did do what it set out to do i.e. make my teeth look whiter. I’m not quite sure about the 14 day claim, because I wasn’t monitoring it.
I picked it up from the pharmacy about a month back when I’d run out of my regular toothpaste and wanted to try something new. I have a strange brand loyalty to Colgate toothpaste – I know a friend who may not be reading this right now, but who I know will snigger and go Yay! If she does 😛
I do have a bit of a problem with stained teeth and yellow teeth. I asked my dentist once and he told me that yellow teeth was quite normal, but mine sometimes looks worse for wear because I take coffee and don’t brush my teeth immediately after that. Let’s face it, who really does? I sit there after my morning coffee, enjoying the taste and aroma. I don’t really want to brush my teeth and spoil the effect with a minty after taste. Plus, face it again. How often would anyone carry their toothbrush and toothpaste to work? The last time I kept a set at work, it was because I used to regularly pull overnighters and needed to freshen up in the mornings!
I didn’t pay much attention to my teeth after using this, until after about 3 weeks. I looked in the mirror one morning and noticed that my teeth didn’t look as yellow or as stained as they normally do. In fact, I might be inclined to say that they looked whiter.
I might add though, that it doesn’t make your teeth look blindingly white like you just had veneers put on, or if you had your teeth professionally whitened. Its not like that. You would only notice it if you already have stained or yellow teeth to start with and you may notice that your teeth looks whiter with regular use of the toothpaste.
I tried some other brands of whitening toothpaste before this, but I never really saw the results. I asked my dentist about getting my teeth whitened professionally but he told me not to bother because if I were to continue drinking coffee, they would just stain again, and besides, it was an expensive procedure. I like honest dentists 😉
I reckon that if you do have a problem with stained or yellow teeth the way I do, then this is worth a try. It worked for my teeth at least and it doesn’t cost very much. Importantly, it gives me whiter teeth, not white teeth – there’s a difference 🙂
In a nutshell
The Colgate Advanced White toothpaste promises whiter teeth in 14 days. I did not pay much attention initially, thinking it was just a regular toothpaste, since I’d tried a whitening toothpaste before that did not work. I was quite happy to see that after about a month, despite regular mugs of coffee, my teeth do look whiter and cleaner, in general. It will not make it look white or as if you’ve had it professionally whitened. But it does make it look cleaner and just better so its much easier to put on a smile now than before 🙂
Pros: Affordable, Does make my teeth look whiter and cleaner with regular use
Cons: None I found
Who will like this: Anyone who has stained teeth and who wants their teeth to look whiter and cleaner
I’ve always been sort of jealous of people who have lovely dazzling white teeth. I’ve never had that, with my permanent teeth already coming out with a yellow tint that is emphasized by some shades of lipstick. Pink lipsticks do that to me in particular, as do orange based lipsticks so I try to stay away from those. Blue based reds however, give a much better illusion of white teeth and happily, suit my skin tone too so I gravitate towards those.
Do you have a problem with stained or yellow teeth? Have you tried whitening toothpastes?
I noticed that previously, there were some brands of whitening toothpastes but they were targeted at smokers and tended to be pricey. I tried a different brand that didn’t work (I can’t for the life of me remember which now! Darlie maybe?!) This Colgate one is relatively affordably priced at about RM8 or less a tube and works fine for me. Fine enough to merit a place on my blog, at least! 😀
Colgate Advanced White toothpaste Price: RM8 or less/160g Availability: All pharmacies, supermarkets etc