Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System Review
The Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System is billed as being gentle on the teeth and claims to not only whiten natural teeth, but also restore the color of bonding, veneers and caps to their original brightness. Rather than use mouth trays or adhesive teeth whitening strips, the Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System uses a liquid which is swabbed onto the teeth followed by a paste which is brushed on. The manufacturer claims it can improve teeth whiteness by up to 8 shades.
How the Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System works
Before the actual teeth whitening treatment is performed, it is first necessary to use the Professional Activating Rods on the teeth. These activating rods are very similar to Q-tips, and must be dunked in the activating gel and then rubbed over the surface of the teeth.
The activating gel contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), the same ingredient found in teeth whitening toothpastes, together with Hydrogen Peroxide. The sodium bicarbonate is a special formula developed by Supersmile to be a non-abrasive version so it should not weaken the enamel over time like whitening toothpastes will.
Following this pre-treatment with the activating rods, a small quantity of the whitening toothpaste and whitening accelerator should be placed on a dry toothbrush and then brushed over the teeth. The active ingredient in this paste is Sodium Monoﬂuorophosphate, an ingredient found in Colgate and other brands of standard toothpaste.
Is it actually possible to whiten porcelain veneers?
Anyone who has performed even a modicum of online research is likely to be very skeptical about the claim that the product will whiten veneers, crowns and caps. Many dentists will tell you that once the color of a porcelain veneer has been set, it cannot be changed and the only way that the color can be restored is by having the veneers redone.
The reason for this is that a whitening treatment cannot penetrate the veneer itself. However, it is conceivable that a teeth whitening at home treatment could be applied to the back of the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide can penetrate enamel and dentine and whiten behind the veneer itself. For this to work, a tray based teeth whitening treatment would be the most effective method but the results are likely to be uneven with spotting a possibility.
Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System Results
It is the activating rods that perform the real whitening; however painting on a mix of Hydrogen Peroxide and bicarbonate of soda and brushing for two minutes as instructed is simply not long enough for the hydrogen peroxide to have any effect. This is clearly evident from the results of using this treatment.
The teeth can be whitened with this product as with whitening toothpaste, but for the Hydrogen Peroxide to be really effective it needs to be in contact with the teeth for around 15-20 minutes. This is how both whitening strips and tray based whitening products work. The Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System can, and does, whiten the teeth, but the results from tests on the product are no better thancontinued treatment with whitening toothpaste.
Verdict on the Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System
If the Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System cost the same as the best teeth whitening toothpaste on the market you would possibly be happy with this product; however at close to $35 for the kit it is unlikely that this teeth whitening treatment will put a smile on your face. It should give you nice minty fresh breath, but then so will Colgate and that costs under $5 a tube.
Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System Summary
- Contains fluoride minerals to help strengthen the teeth
- Combats bad breath
- Not as damaging to the teeth as whitening toothpaste
- Whitening effect similar to a teeth whitening toothpaste