Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dr. Song 44% Carbamide Peroxide whitening kit: Reviewed

I had my teeth whitened in the dentists office many many years ago (Zoom). It was a painful experience, and it was an expensive, painful experience. Never again. I do remember there was a special price at that time (but really, it was not THAT special), it was not worth it as my teeth are not yellow, but a normal shade of white. The way the particular dentist office did my procedure has scared me away from that experience again. First off, I was not given any eye protection. At the time, I did not know I was supposed to have it. I knew it was really bright, but I just thought I had to suffer through it. Also, they did not protect my lips or face with any sunscreen. As for price, I cannot remember how much it was exactly, but the sale price was at least $200, and I should have never paid for extreme torment. I got what they call, "zingers" which are sharp shooting pains in my teeth that would happen several times a day and lasted almost 2 weeks. I was miserable. My lips were sore for several days and I had a slight sunburn. I am not sure the percentage of Carbamide Peroxide. The months following the procedure I made sure to prevent staining on my teeth and try to keep them as white as possible. Now don't get me wrong, my teeth did look good after the procedure, however, they hurt like crazy for so long and my before pictures was not really bad enough to warrant a whitening of that strength. I could have gotten a store bought one and been fine.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to review a professional at home teeth whitening kit that contained 44% Carbamide Peroxide. The brand is from the same company as my Lactic Acid and one of my Hyaluronic Acids. Dr. Song Medical products are USA MADE!! They supply their products to professional health and cosmetic specialists. I like how their products are top quality and spa and doctor / dentist office grade, but the price is affordable. This kit provides maximum strength teeth whitening in the convenience (and comfort) of your home. This is great since going to the office if costly, (co-pay, procedure, and any extras / premium options they might do, such as custom hard trays fit to your teeth, etc.)

This contains:

• 8 large syringes of whitening gel
• gel applicator brush - for easy application of whitening gel (looks like a very thin eyeliner brush, and is housed in a nice protective plastic tube)
• LED Blue Light Accelerator - for acceleration of whitening process
• teeth trays that are customized in hot water to your exact teeth shape and fit.

It was suggested I get a remineralization kit just in case, so the company sent me one along with this. This helps with calming the shock of the whitening process and neutralizing the process after each treatment. Although 44% is potent, I only ended up using 1 of the 8 tubes of remineralization gel.

The process was easy. Here is how I whitened my teeth. I only do this once a week as a maintenance as my teeth are a white color (just not gleaming like I would love).

Tray Instructions / for a close fit to your teeth:

Step 1: Place the upper teeth tray over the teeth before placing the tray in boiling water. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and suck the air from the tray. This contours the guard to the inside surface of the teeth. Repeat with lower tray.

Step 2: The instructions say to bring some water to a boil. I poured the boiling water into a mug and after the directed time to let the water rest (1 minute), I dipped the tray into the water for 5 seconds. (Make sure the edges do not fold onto each other). I actually then rewarmed the water in my microwave since I needed the water slightly hot (waited too long with the water on the first dip).

Step 3: I then lifted the tray vertically from the water using the tab. Place the tray around the teeth and then immediately perform the sucking procedure.

Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the fit, trim the front tab away from the tray with scissors. I want to mention, if you re-dip too many times, the teeth trays get a little scorched and rough in some areas. (mine did a bit)

I then brushed my teeth with my toothpaste to prepare them for whitening. I then prepared to apply the whitening gel. I want to note that I have tried some at home kits previously over the years, however normally I would squeeze the syringe of gel into the teeth trays along the entire tray, and then apply to my mouth. This brush application was a nice change and I think it is a more precise method. There is also less waste of product.  I opened the battery compartment on the light and saw that a clear plastic dot it in between the batteries, to keep them fresh and not become drained.  After the removal, the light worked great. 

I painted a generous amount of whitening gel to my teeth on the top and bottom front and sides. I left it on for 30 minutes while I caught up with emails and blogging.  I then used the white light on my teeth to enhance the process.  I did keep a "spit cup" with me to help as my mouth seems to pool up with saliva in my mouth. I was worried that the 44% Carbamide would cause zinger pain, but it did not. I have not had any issues or sensitivity since trying and using this brand.  I ended up only needing 1 full pack of remineralization gel for the entire month of whitening.  I really did not need it, but that does not mean it is not necessary.  I used 1 syringe of the whitening gel  for 3 session, I guess I am a bit overly generous in the amount I apply each session, as the manufacturer suggest that this complete kit will provide 50 sessions. 

I do think my teeth are brighter and I plan to finish this set. The only recommendation I might make is I would have liked the actual syringes to be labeled which is remineralization vs. whitening gel.  It is obvious by color (Remineralization is BLUE), however, if the set is put away for a few months, it might be easy to become forgetful. For more information, you can visit the Dr. Song website, or connect with them on Facebook.

A sample set of both the 44% whitening gel, (8 syringes) and the remineralization gel (8 syringes) was sent to me for review, however all opinions and experiences are my own..  If you are interested in purchasing this set, this is available on Amazon.  I do not have any discomfort or sharp shooting pain.  I am enjoying this kit.

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