|They make everything so white, the whole room GLOWS.|
First, the Colgate Optic White Toothpaste. It definitely has a gritty texture, but that's a plus for me. The gel toothpastes just never feel like they get my teeth totally clean. And it wasn't a harsh grit, just a polishing, this-feels-like-it's-working texture. My teeth even had a refreshing cool feeling after brushing! Definite win on the toothpaste! I will have to update after a few weeks and let you all know how the whitening goes.
Next, the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush in Soft. I'm sure it takes a larger surface to fit in all that awesome technology, but HOLY WOWZA this is a giant toothbrush! It doesn't help that I'm pretty petite - I have a tiny head, and therefore, a little mouth. I've been known to buy children's toothbrushes because they just feel better. However, I held it up next to a regular size toothbrush (my hubby's) and it's still big. I'd say at least 25-50% larger than a "normal" toothbrush. HOWEVER. Aside from the size issues, it's pretty great! There are little cuppy thingies among the bristles that help clean between your teeth, and on the back of the toothbrush head is a scrubby surface, so the inside of your cheeks get cleaned, too! (By the way, don't you love all my scientific descriptions? Cuppy, scrubby, gritty... I'm so articulate). If they made a toothbrush in a smaller size, I'd be all over it. However, I'm gonna give this one a four-week trial, and if I can't get used to the size, I'll have to toss it. This one gets a B+, because I love the concept, but not the execution.
Lastly, we have the Colgate Optic White Mouthwash! I'm gonna have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of mouthwash in general, but I'm willing to give this one a try. It's alcohol-free, and is supposed to be formulated to both remove current stains and prevent new ones. This morning I brushed with my new toothpaste and toothbrush, flossed (of course!) and threw back some mouthwash! I started swishing it around and then... bubbles. So many bubbles! And tingling! I couldn't tell if it was a Christmas miracle or a physics anomaly (seriously, matter should not expand like that! I felt like it was about to displace my teeth, not whiten them)! I didn't last the recommended 60 seconds... more like 20. So, I'll be building up my tolerance on that stuff.
After using the complete Optic White line, my mouth feels not just clean, but sandblasted. But in a good way! And now, many hours later, my mouth still feels pretty darn good. I'm off to brush/floss/rinse again, and of course I'll be inspecting my teeth for any signs of whitening. Cross your fingers for me!