“The humble brag is an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement made with the actual purpose of drawing attention to something of which one is proud.” After using this teeth whitening kit, feel free to post a selfie to your myspace saying, “Ugh! I wish my teeth were whiter!” Then, sit back and enjoy the waves of serotonin flooding in from internet validation.
@unksol It’s more likely that the purported whitening benefits come from an interaction between the UV light put out by the blue LEDs and whatever you’re meant to apply to your teeth prior to treatment, rather than from the LED light itself acting directly on the teeth. Those UV hardening/curing nail polishes also come to mind.
@PooltoyWolf@unksol Nope. The LEDs are pure marketing BS. There are LEDs that do this, but they are for curing the epoxy used in ceramic dental fillings. The ones the dentists use, however, are FDA tested and approved medical devices. These are not.
By law, they cannot claim they actually do something do your teeth. If they did, they would be a medical device or treatment subject to FDA regulation.
The peroxide is a different story, and more like an OTC drug that used to be prescription/licensed professional only. I think higher concentrations of peroxide still are, due to the danger of misuse, like say, Tide Pods for an example.
The other gel is what everyone else calls “toothpaste” (with something (chalk) to neutralize any remaining active peroxide)
I’m not sure that’s correct. The whitening comes from the gel breaking down and oxidizing, and the UV light should help that process.
edit: I see now they are not claiming UV light, just normal blue light. If so then it won’t do anything to help. The gel will still oxidize, of course, but the light won’t matter.
The step 2 substance is mostly abrasive salts, so maybe the LEDs are meant to ever so slightly transfer energy to the abrasive substance and gently scrub the teeth? Sort of like sandblasting with light.
/giphy sandblasting with light
Disappointed to see that Amazon isn’t selling any of these Used or Factory Refurbished. Meh citizens! If you buy this and hate it, DM me for a hard-hitting discussion and haggling session to determine how much I’ll buy it offa you for.
Unless this is a deal on 12% peroxide dental gel alone, hard pass.
Just get a kit with a plastic gel guard and the concentration if peroxide you can tolerate, and refills after that.
Peroxide “works” by pulling water out of your teeth (osmosis/neutralizes the peroxide) and oxidizing stains on the surface of the tooth. The water will go back into your teeth, which is why they return to their normal color and you have to keep doing treatments.
Oh, and high concentrations of peroxide break down, so shelf life is not more than 6 months or so.
Keep in the fridge to slow down the peroxide reactivity.
That’s also why better suppliers have production dates and why you buy refills as you use them, not stocking up when it’s on sale (because they’re dunping stale - less effective - inventory)
@RiotDemon The better refills come in 2-3 use small syringes so you don’t expose all the peroxide to air at once.
Also, keep in a cold dark place (i.e. the fridge, or near my ex-wife’s soul, if she had one) to also reduce the reactivity of the peroxide. It also breaks down when exposed to light, and why it comes in dark bottles at the drugstore (1% solution).
And 44% from ebay (take the “made in USA” for what that’s worth from a random ebay seller), though this might chemically burn your mouth from the high concentration or be very painful if you have sensitive teeth. You probably could use thus stuff as paint stripper or ship hull cleaner, no matter where it is made.
I thought you people sell real products that exist. It totally ruins it when you have days of all these real products and prices and then outta nowhere you come up with something totally made up. I mean like it’s not April Fools Day – oh wait … Day Before Columbus Day. DAAAMN … GOOD ONE!!