Is there anything nicer or more attractive than a smile that lights up a room?
I certainly think that having a bright, sparkling smile makes a face look healthy and more youthful – and who wouldn’t love their teeth to be a shade or two whiter? No wonder the teeth whitening market has exploded.
Although my teeth have been reasonably white most of my life, I think in recent years they’ve suffered some discolouration from the copious amounts of tea and coffee I drink (totally blaming blogging for my caffeine over-consumption).
Not only tea and coffee can stain teeth, but red wine too, so if you can’t cut them out of your diet, it would be good to think that using products with teeth whitening properties may just give them a little lift and sparkle.
Diamond Whites is one particular brand I’d noticed quite a lot on social media, where they clearly have a lot of fans. You can find their products for sale in Superdrug and on their website. They kindly sent me a couple of products to try:
Black Edition Toothpaste
There’s been a lot of hype around charcoal based toothpastes and polishes recently, so I was keen to see what the Black Edition Toothpaste would be like. Mixing Diamond White’s best selling activated charcoal powder with a mint whitening toothpaste, the new Black Edition paste can be used daily instead of your usual toothpaste.
It really is black when you squeeze it out of the tube onto your brush and looks a bit alarming when first applying it to your teeth, but it quickly turns into a less scary greyish foam – you will need to wipe down your sink afterwards though!
It may seem gimmicky, but actually charcoal has been used for centuries because of its ability to absorb toxins and the Black Edition toothpaste is made from 100% natural ingredients, so is safe to use for all ages and during pregnancy.
My teeth look shiny and feel smooth after using it – and that smooth feeling lasts all day which is a bonus.
White Edition Tooth Polish
This pot of White Edition Tooth Polish is a maintenance product to whiten teeth by removing stains, improve gum health and freshen breath. It didn’t have instructions on the pot, but as its new out this most likely will be something that will follow as it goes into the shops (as it is important to know how to use it, especially as it is not intended for under 18’s or for pregnant women). When I enquired about the usage, Diamond Whites recommended using it 2/3 times a week before toothpaste. It’s a really zingy, refreshing powder that you dip your wet toothbrush into and gently brush your teeth with, in a small circular motion. Rinse out well and spit into the sink, before using toothpaste which will then remove any residue from your teeth.
I like this powder. It has a really fresh feel and taste in the mouth, foaming up quickly to give your teeth a good clean. Think of it as a pre-clean before the toothpaste. I can feel a difference after using it, like my teeth have been deep-cleaned. The surface of my teeth feel super smooth and are gleaming – and again, by the end of the day I’m not noticing any furring on the surface of my teeth, they still feel silky and shiny.
At this point, in the interests of TOTAL transparency, I want to tell you that I did get a quick ‘scale and polish’ by my dentist during a routine check up on 22 August, which was during the trial of these products and therefore could have made a slight difference to my results I guess.
But hopefully these pictures, taken in the same room without any filters on 18th August (blue top) and today, 10th September (black tee), show a noticeable improvement. They do to me – it may not be hugely dramatic, but I’m confident that the Diamond Whites products have helped in the general brightening of my teeth and will hopefully prolong the whiter appearance – its probably best I do an update in a couple of months’ time, to see for sure!
Diamond Whites claim that whitening results vary depending on diet, lifestyle and genetics – teeth can only be whitened back to their genetic natural whiteness. I think that’s fair enough and is pretty much the result I have got, which I am happy with. If I wanted a more signficant change I suppose I would probably go down the professional bleaching route, but for now I’m satisfied.
I’d like to try Diamond Whites Black Edition Liquid next as it sounds quite intriguing. It is known as a ‘pulling oil’ which you swish around your mouth for several minutes, collecting microbes from all the crevices of your teeth to make them super clean and freshen breath. The liquid contains organic coconut oil and activated charcoal, to make it slightly abrasive.
Some people have questioned whether the use of charcoal may be slightly too abrasive for teeth over the longer term – what you don’t want to do is wear away the enamel as it can’t be repaired and underneath the enamel the tooth is more of a yellow colour anyway, so another good reason to protect it. If you’re interested in finding out more about charcoal toothpaste, here’s a recent article from Harpers Bazaar that’s worth a read.
Going forwards, I plan to use the White Edition powder every few days and perhaps the charcoal toothpaste every couple of days to remove surface stains, but also keep on using my regular fluoride toothpaste in between – as I personally think that’s important too and it should strike a happy balance for me!
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