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Finding a working and effective tooth whitening product is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are loads of products out on the market. From strips to toothpastes to gels, there are a myriad of choices.
One of the more “high end” options available are different “whitening regimens.” These product sets are similar to other beauty or healthcare products such as Proactiv. You get a series of “uses” for a set period of time such as a week or a few months.
These products are often marketed on radio programs or infomercials. I decided to take a look at a popular one called Power Swabs.
Power Swabs markets itself as an alternative to uncomfortable breath strips and other more invasive whitening methods. It’s in the name; Power Swabs uses q-tip style cotton swabs to effortlessly apply the product to your teeth. All you have to do is use one swab per day, and it’s taken care of for you.
The kit comes with two different swab regimens, a 7 day and a 1 month supply. Yes, the product does promise that it can noticeably whiten your teeth in 7 days. We will get to whether or not that actually proves true later.
The whitening kits consist of two steps. First, you apply the normal whitening swabs. Then, you follow up with a “ultra” whitening swab which is supposed to bleach the enamel of your teeth.
Sounds easy enough right? No invasive trays or whitening strips, no tubes of gel. Just pop out a swab and presto, whiter teeth.
It is worth asking; do these power swabs actually work?
The short answer? A resounding no. This product is more or less completely ineffective.
First of all, out of the tube, the swab contains almost no product on the tip. At first, I thought this was due to the potency or concentration of the product. It seems, however, that the product might just be poorly made.
This leads me into another problem I found with Power Swabs; they are poorly constructed. The tube containers for the swabs are very brittle, prone to cracks or breaks. The swabs themselves are poorly made as well. The applicator tips don’t feel like they’re applying any product at all.
After trying the 7 day regimen, I found zero improvement in the whiteness of my teeth. I could understand it though. It’s rather unrealistic to expect any whitening improvement over only a one week period. I decided to give the one month regimen a try. I hoped that this might improve my bad first impression.
The thing is, it didn’t. The one month kit was just as ineffective as the 7 day one! It produced literally zero results.
I did some research and discovered that many other users reported the exact same problems. There appears to be a general consensus that the product is completely ineffective.
The idea behind power swabs is great. It’s provides an excellent alternative to invasive trays and clumsy whitening strips. Sadly, Power Strips just don’t work.
Are there any non-invasive products out there which are non-invasive? It turns out there are actually several on the market. I will highlight two of them; Brush & Bright and Tuxedo Brush Powder.
The main feature of Brush and Bright is the simplicity of the product. It’s just a minty foam you put onto a toothbrush.
What’s great about the product is the taste. Most whitening products are almost unbearable to taste. They have a bitter or astringent chemical taste. This foam, however, tastes mild and minty.
There are some nice features in Brush and Bright. First, it’s peroxide free. While I don’t have to worry about the allergy, some users have much more sensitive mouths than I do. Also, the foam is made from natural ingredients sourced right in the United States
Another great feature is the gentleness. Brush and Bright foam is completely non abrasive. For those with sensitive teeth, this is a godsend. Strips and trays can be very painful for those with sensitive teeth.
I gave it a try, and I found that it worked!
Again, you must remember that whitening products are not magic bullets. They won’t turn your teeth marble white overnight.
I noticed a moderate amount of improvement with Brush and Bright. After about six weeks of use, there was a modest amount of whitening. It’s a certainly effective and much more affordable alternative to Power Swabs.
Just like Brush and Bright, Tuxedo is non invasive and easy to use. Instead of a foam, Tuxedo is an all natural and organic dry powder. A lot of the product comes in the standard little jar.
It’s pretty easy to use as well. All you have to do is lightly dip the toothbrush in the jar and brush away. It’s a flavorless non abrasive powder that uses all natural and organic ingredients.
The primary ingredient in the whitener is activated charcoal.
“But I thought you were trying to recommend a whitening not a blackening product.”
True. At first, Tuxedo is pretty off putting; it’s a jet black powder.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t stain the teeth. It’s extremely fine and doesn’t feel gritty at all. It’s similar to brushing with baking soda if you’ve ever tried that DIY teeth whitening remedy.
Another active ingredient is bentonite clay. This special clay is used in some organic toothpastes as a base. It’s gently abrasive so it polishes the teeth without damaging enamel or causing discomfort.
Tuxedo definitely works too! I noticed it takes a bit longer than brush and bright in order to see improvements.
Power Swabs Review Wrap Up
Some products promise much more than they can deliver. Power Swabs is one of those products. Despite its lofty promise of white teeth within 7 days, Power Swabs fails to provide any improvement in 30.
There is no quick and easy fix for stained teeth. It takes a lot of time and effort to even see moderate improvements in teeth whiteness.
The best way to whiten your teeth is to use a proven, effective product combined with persistence and patience. Only then will you get the pearly whites you desire.