Zenyum White review: Does this at-home teeth whitening kit fare give a cleaner, brighter smile in a matter of days?
As we all know, a healthy amount of scepticism is required in the age of social media. Often, what you see is not what you get: a lesson well-learnt in the form of music festival turned sham Fyre Fest; Millie Bobby Brown's faked skincare routine in a bid to promote her beauty line; and the multitude of supposed "healthful" vitamins peddled by the likes of Kim K, James Charles, and more. All this withstanding, I'd say it's hardly unreasonable that I bore some cynicism towards Instagram's latest fad i.e. at-home teeth whitening kits.
We've trust you seen them. Think image after image of the influencer of the moment wielding a blue-tinted device, mouths agape, and striking a pose while waxing lyrical about the wonders of bleach strips. Nothing too out of the ordinary, except for the nagging fear — exacerbated by teeth-bleaching horror stories heard over the years — that these bad boys could damage my enamel permanently or render them into chipped, rotting stumps. Joy!
Anxieties aside, however, I am a woman of science, and so found it best to face my fears head-on by trying it for myself. Thankfully, local label, Zenyum, was more than happy to put their medical-grade whitening kit to the test. Below, a
toothful truthful account of my journey, from start to finish.
A Zenyum White kit comprises three items in total: a customised rubber whitening tray reminiscent of a
dreaded retainer; three bleach pens containing a peroxide whitening gel; and a single pen housing a remineralising gel to reduce gum sensitivity, designed to be used after you've finished your whitening course. Sounds simple enough. Begin by brushing your teeth first. Next, coat the inner part of your tray with the whitening gel, and snap the tray over your teeth. Be sure to wipe off any excess gel that seeps out, and you're pretty much done. Your chompers are said to get three to five times whiter after each use, and you'd be required to wear them for 75 minutes a day.
It should be noted that the Zenyum White does lack the convenience of most at-home whitening kits, in a sense where a dentist appointment is required to get you fitted for your individualised whitening tray. Some might find this a turn-off; I, on the other hand, appreciated the lengths the brand would go to ensure a stellar teeth-whitening experience. Better to expend more energy in the beginning than to receive a bleach kit that doesn't adhere to your pearly whites, right? At any rate, my dentist appointment was arranged by Zenyum, and I was soon escorted into a room for a scan — which took all of 15 minutes.
I then received my kit within seven days, meticulously packed and labelled for my convenience. I especially appreciated the "whiteness" placard that allowed me to identify just how stained my teeth were. I pegged myself as an eight, a natural consequence of regular coffee-consumption. Ideally, I'd be at a five after using the Zenyum White for a week. The bleach pens were easy to use and maneuver, with a simple twist allowing for the effortless dispensing of gel into the tray. I made sure the pen was emptied and the gel was evenly spread before popping the tray onto my teeth. The rubber aligners, I'm pleased to report, fit like a glove. Seeing how I didn't experience any sensitivity along the gums days after my bleaching, I decided to forego the remineralising solution.
While I didn't see a hugely significant difference in terms of teeth whiteness, the Zenyum White does give a noticeable brightened effect. If we're looking at the white scale, I'd say my teeth are a solid six now, at least. In sum: its user-friendly functions and rapid-fire results make it a worthwhile buy, especially seeing how dental appointments can be a rare commodity bearing in mind new social distancing regulations. And who knows? With sustained use, I trust I'll be seeing blindingly white chompers in no time. Chris Evans better watch it.
The Zenyum White is available on its site.