Aquafresh White Trays Review
Aquafresh White Trays are – at the time of writing – one of the cheaper teeth whitening gel kits on the market. They are also quite different to other teeth whitening gel kits currently available. Instead of using either a rigid mouth tray or a moldable model that can be reused for numerous treatments, Aquafresh White Trays are thin and are designed for single use. Each kit contains 7 disposable trays for seven days continuous treatment. The trays are pre-filled with a teeth whitening gel and you just need to peel the foil away and place them in your mouth.
How to use the kit
The duration of is seven days, with one kit required for a full teeth whitening treatment. In contrast to other tray-based whitening kits which require 20-30 minutes of whitening per session, the Aquafresh White Trays need to be used once a day for a 45 minute each time. The active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide and 45 minutes can be too long for people with sensitive teeth.
How well does the kit work?
Although the idea of disposable trays is good there is a problem with this kit; the mouth trays are flexible – one fist is supposed to fit all – but the trays are quite small; too small in fact to cover all of the teeth. This means that if you have relatively large front teeth (central incisors) they will not get full gel coverage. Since the length of each tray is also quite short they trays do not whiten all of the teeth and the back teeth (molars will not be whitened. If you have a wide mouth this may actually be quite noticeable. The trays will also not whiten the back of the teeth, which for a gel whitening system is a minus, albeit a small one since people do not usually see the rear surface of your teeth.
The trays are very flimsy and this creates another problem. They are hard to keep in place, and since each session is 45 minutes this is annoying. The gel is also quite hard so in order to get a reasonably even covering over your teeth you have to push and wiggle the mouth tray to spread out the gel. Consequently getting total coverage is somewhat hit and miss.
The gel also has a habit of coming out of the trays and falling into the mouth which is not a pleasant experience, but when it gets on the gums it really burns. Most peroxide treatments burn the gums, but since the usage time is 45 minutes that is a lot of time for it to be in contact with your skin. The lumps that fall out when you use the kit should not be swallowed. If you spit, you have to hold the tray in place or it is likely to exit your mouth with the lumps.
The Verdict on Aquafresh – White Trays
You may feel like you are getting a bargain but you really do get what you pay for. That is a slight whitening effect and a whole stack of negatives.
Save money by avoiding the dentist and get teeth whitening treatment at home, but invest in a better quality kit – either teeth whitening strips or a kit with a moldable plastic mouth tray that can be reused. You will get a much better fit with the latter and a more pleasant teeth whitening experience.
Summary of the Aquafresh White Trays Teeth Whitening Kit
- The price – It is a cheap kit
- It takes three treatments for a noticeable whitening effect
- The gel has a minty taste
- The trays are very small do not cover all of the teeth
- The trays too thin and flexible and do not stay in place
- Gel does not adhere to the teeth easily and oozes out
- The treatment time is 45 minutes; other kits require just 20-30 minutes
- The Hydrogen Peroxide can cause tooth pain, peeling skin and bleeding gums