If you’ve been reading this blog awhile, then you’ll already know of my *slight obsession* over white teeth. I know it probably sounds really odd, but the first thing I look at when I meet a person is their teeth and their smile. Don’t ask me why, but it’s something I always pay attention to – and I suppose it’s this outlook that has resulted in me always pursuing my mission for whiter, brighter teeth.
I’ve tried pretty much every solution you could possibly try. Laser whitening, whitening mouthwashes, whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, gels, mouth trays. You name it, I’ve tried the lot. And although I’ve had varying success with a number of them, none of them have necessarily been solutions that I’ve kept up – mainly because they’re so time consuming or fiddly. Consistency, of course, is the key to maintaining your white smile – and so finding something that was easy to integrate into daily life has been high on my priority list.
However, while there are lots of products that claim (and d0) produce whiter teeth, you do have to consider the implications on your smile long term – ensuring that they are safe to use and won’t make your teeth super sensitive. I once made the mistake of not doing my research properly, resulting in the treatment I was using to cause ridiculous sensitivity – so much so that breathing in through my mouth caused me to wince in pain. Luckily, this wasn’t a long lasting side effect but after that incident, I vowed always to do my research. Luckily, so many products value this aspect but I’d double check just to make sure!
One brand in particular that I’ve been testing out recently has really stood out to me in all aspects, both quality and results! The Nano range has been developed by Whitewash Laboratories, providing a collection of products formulated by dentists, with affordable price-tags. The range includes a number of peroxide and non-peroxide based solutions, so if you’re worrying about sensitivity, I’d definitely go for the latter to begin with.
I’ve been trialling out the Nano Whitening Toothpaste, in addition to the corresponding Mouthwash and Anti-Stain Floss – each of which are perfect at incorporating into your daily routine. The toothpaste in particular takes a little bit of getting used to, as unlike other toothpastes, it isn’t diluted with water, so it comes out far more clay like in its consistency. It’s a bit tricky squeezing it out of the tube (however the next batch will have wider nozzles so this issue will be eliminated) however once it’s on your toothbrush, it’s fine! Taste wise, it’s very ‘dentist’ like, if you know what I mean. There is a minty, refreshing aftertaste but largely, it’s plain and quite thick – which encourages you to do a fair amount of brushing (always a good thing in my book, as I tend to be in a hurry and rush things).
The product gets to work by re-mineralising the teeth and polishing away any surface stains, revealing the whiter brighter smile underneath. I’d say it’s particularly good if you’ve previously had your teeth whitened and want to maintain the effects, rather than losing the brightness caused by drinking tea and coffee. There’s even a special ingredient which inhibits the formation of bacterial plague, while reducing sensitivity – so it’s a pretty hard working formula.
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Now I know what you might be thinking, the above just sounds like an advert for a toothpaste. What we really want to know is, does it actually work? Does it whiten your teeth? Well, in a nutshell – don’t expect to have them two or three shades whiter within a week, because then this isn’t the product for you. It’s a gradual process and it does produce some really great results, but they’re not instantaneous.
What I would say is that this is a great daily product to use alongside whitening strips (which Nano also offer) and other whitening treatments. It really cleanses the teeth to make sure that there’s no marks, or stains or dullness, resulting in them feeling super clean every time you brush. I tend to use the toothpaste alongside my normal toothpaste, followed up by the Mouthwash and Floss. Once you’re finished, you pretty much come away with the same clean feeling that you get when you leave the dentists.
And the fact that they donate a toothbrush per product sold to the developing world, although a small contribution seemingly, it’s telling that they’re a company who are dedicated to making a difference in among a very saturated market!
This post was sponsored by Nano, but all teeth whitening tales & opinions are my own.