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I’ve always said that it’s not just a picture that makes for a thousand words; it’s a smile, too. It’s one of the first ways people meet you on your day-to-day. Smiles are friendly, but smiles are also hard to maintain – and important to when you work in any kind of career where you encounter people in your job every day, even if you aren’t a Hollywood star by any means.

They’re called pearly whites for a reason, but it takes most people only about until their thirties to realize theirs aren’t so pearly or so white anymore. You can admit it if it’s started happening to you – because it happened to me.

I started using the power swab on a friend’s recommendation who had used it herself. But do Power Swabs actually work? My experience says yes. Here’s why you should consider getting one for your tooth whitening needs, and what I thought of my kit for the first week.

Introducing the Power Swab

The Power Swab is a special teeth-whitening system that you can use at home. I first heard about it from a friend of mine who is known for drinking only the best coffees and wines that the town has to offer; apparently, she said, there’s no difference between a cheap wine and an expensive one when it comes to staining teeth.

My response was, “But your teeth are perfect!” To which she just said, “Yeah, exactly. I’ve found something that works.”

Of course, it was just a few sentences later and she told me to give the Power Swab a try. At that point, I had nothing to lose – and I was trying to duck my dentist’s appointment for another month or so.

So, What Is It?

The Power Swab promises to be a quick, safe and easy teeth-whitening system. But it’s not like all of the thousands of others on the market.

The biggest difference between the Power Swab and anything else is that the Power Swab has actually been pharmaceutically tested and proven to be safe. There’s no fuss, no risk, no chemicals that can make your gums react weirdly to it and no compounds that can make your face melt off.

Any system that says “home application” has become off-putting if you’ve ever put hair removal cream like Veet in the wrong place: But I was actually impressed by the Power Swab because it was something I could do myself safely and without having to worry about it.

How do I know this? I called my dentist first and asked before trying this.

What the Power Swab Does

The Power Swab is provided in one-use ampules that you apply directly to your teeth. After that, you wait – just wait – and then apply the second step of the process. Like a regular teeth whitening appointment that your dentist or oral hygienist would normally do, they tell you not to smoke, drink or eat anything for about 30 minutes after you’ve applied the product.

Apparently, this is because your teeth enamel needs time to whiten and adapt – and, well, you don’t want to mess around with the process while it happens. The 30 minute wait isn’t that bad. It’s a few washing machine cycles or a game of Candy Crush at most; or a few chapters of a book if you’re a reader.

After that, you’re done. That’s it. Just, well, look in the mirror and enjoy looking back at a great smile.

Who Needs the Power Swab?

So, who needs the Power Swab?

I’d say anyone, and this means anyone, who (1) would like to do something to have better, whiter teeth, (2) would like to make a new first impression and (3) doesn’t have any pre-existing conditions that affects their teeth or jaw.

This applied to me, and it probably applies to you at the same time.

Nobody Tells You

There’s one thing that nobody tells you about teeth whitening systems: Having whiter-than-normal teeth if you’ve never done it before can stand out against darker skin colors – and yes, it can make people think that you’ve “changed your face” when you haven’t. Sometimes, you might have to adapt your makeup accordingly to match your teeth, especially when it’s a radical difference.

Product Pros:

Here are the features of the Power Swab that I liked best when I used it for the first time.

  • It’s pretty easy to use.

The Power Swab isn’t a complicated product to use, and you don’t need huge machines that flash at your teeth like something you’ll see in Men in Black to make it happen. It takes less than an hour out of your day to do the whole thing – with no pain and no effort.

  • It can remove even heavy-duty wine and nicotine stains from your teeth.

As a sales rep, there are a lot of red-wine dinners – I’ll even have a glass with family dinner when I get home on some nights. This stains teeth, and I’ve found that the Power Swab is perfect for maintaining my teeth.

  • It’s safe and nontoxic.

The instructions state that even if you were to swallow one dosage, you’d be fine – it’s safe to use, and fine for most people to apply without the risk of a weird reaction to the product.

Product Cons:

The Power Swab is a great product, but here’s what I would have made better about it if I had the chance.

  • The 30-minute waiting time after you’ve used the product can sometimes feel like forever.

30-minutes isn’t that long to wait – if you schedule it. If you don’t prepare for the 30-minute waiting time, you’ll get hungry and want to attack a pizza the moment you’ve finished the process. Eat and drink something first, then use the Power Swab.

  • Don’t use the product too regularly.

The product should be used as a maintenance product for your teeth, but not too regularly – this can do damage to your teeth. It’s not really a product con, but it’s something that you have to keep in mind when you use it.

  • Like toothpaste, it tastes terrible when used before or after something like orange juice.

Don’t drink orange juice before or after using the Power Swab. Just don’t. It leaves the worst taste in your mouth that you can imagine – yes, even worse than your traditional mix of orange juice following toothpaste.

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