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Review of Walgreens Intense One-Hour Whitening System

Putting a One-Hour Drugstore Teeth Whitener to the Test

Can an $8, one-hour tooth whitener really work? I had my doubts, and while Walgreens Intense 1 Hour Whitening System ($8) won't get your teeth Ross Gellar-white (not that you'd actually want glow-in-the-dark choppers), it will lighten them a few shades, all under an impressive 60 minutes. But with the good comes a bit of bad. See the full review when you read more.

The kit comes with five pieces: three packets of mouthwash and two sets of upper and lower gel-coated styrofoam trays. You begin by rinsing with a mouthwash for 30 seconds, followed by placing one set of the upper and lower trays onto your teeth. After 25 minutes, the trays are removed, mouthwash is swished once more, and the tray and mouthwash process is repeated again.

Bonus points for ease of use and the low-on-the-messiness factor. Note: to prevent teeth pain associated with lightening, I brushed with a desensitizing toothpaste before and after the treatment, and had no issues with aches or sensitivity. I did, however, experience a wee bit of irritation on my gums, which are very irritable to begin with. But other than that, I was impressed with this low-cost, quick and easy way to get a whiter smile sans the neon effects.

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Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Great tip, steen. Yeah, I liked them a lot, too. They won't get your teeth white, white, white, but for the low price and minimal time factor, you really can't beat it.
steen steen 4 years
I actually reviewed these a few months ago and loved the trays. I loved that the trays were styrofoam and the entire kit was easy to dispose of and pretty self-contained. Walgreens periodically has coupons or sale prices for their whitening kits so definitely keep an eye out. http://steen.onsugar.com/product-review-walgreens-intense-1-hour-whitening-system-16905589
mscc mscc 4 years
I've always stuck to Crest Whitestrips and probably will in the future, but I'm curious about the trays. And for only 8 bucks, it's going on my shopping list!
lindabalac lindabalac 4 years
Yay I love my pearly whites and of course, maintaining them. Thanks for the tip! Will have to try this out!
amelioratelj amelioratelj 4 years
Wow, that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it out.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Hi babebaloo! Sorry, I didn't take before/after shots, but I did see about a two-shade lightening difference from start to finish.
babebaloo babebaloo 4 years
can you show a picture?
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