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My Teeth Before and After Using Burst Whitening Trays: Does it Really Work?

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoOct 10, 2022In Partnership With Burst Oral Care

I’ve been hitting the cold brew pretty hard lately, resulting in my teeth broadcasting my coffee addiction to all. AKA, they’re not the brightest out there. I wanted to feel like I could be happy (you know, smile) without feeling self-conscious. But how to hide my over-caffeinated shame?

A whitening session at the dentist’s office was more of an investment than I’m willing to make. But I also didn’t love the options at the pharmacy. Some contained citric acid, which I knew would irritate my sensitive gums, others were kits that had a high price tag, and seemed like overkill—I didn’t want to be messing around with syringe and molds like a chemist in my bathroom.

So, I messaged my dental hygienist (isn’t the internet wonderful?) for her at-home whitening recommendation. But I had caveats. It needed to work fast, be affordable for someone who’s salary mainly goes to craft coffee, and not annihilate my gums. She came back suggesting Burst’s whitening trays.

I did a little research and saw they claimed 6 shades whiter in a week and had ingredients to offset sensitivity. Also, they’re reasonably priced compared to an in-office visit and other high-end whitening kits…so I took my hygienist’s advice and gave them a try. How’d it go? This probably sounds ridiculous, but my experience with Burst was actually awesome.

Burst’s At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

You get seven sets of pre-filled trays that are loaded with a soothing whitening gel containing 12.5% hydrogen peroxide (2x stronger than some of the other more expensive ones I looked at). That’s a high-strength at-home whitening setup with no prep needed. Love when I can be lazy.

The gel uses clean ingredients and doesn’t have an overload of bad stuff like SLS, parabens, and other words I can’t pronounce. As someone with sensitive gums, I can happily report I had no reaction thanks to the lack of irritating crud and addition of more ingredients I can’t pronounce that are actually good for teeth.

I placed the trays in my mouth, gave them a suck to mold them to my teeth as instructed, and set my timer for 15 minutes. The trays didn’t have any sharp edges, the gel stayed put, and the whole setup was—dare I say?—comfy. I said it. They were comfy on my teeth!

Does It Work?


I was surprised to see my teeth were noticeably whiter after the first session. After that, the day-to-day progress wasn’t quite as apparent, but the difference between Day 1 and Day 7 is obvious. When I look in the mirror, I see a brighter smile than I did before.

The coffee stains I’d been rocking on my two front teeth faded throughout the week and have stayed away. That really impressed me. I no longer look like a medieval peasant, it didn’t hurt, and the results were much better than others I’ve tried. Huzzah! That’s a win.

One of my kinder friends noticed I’d started smiling with full teeth again, which aww, thanks for noticing. Although she is the one who’s always saying let’s meet up for coffee…

Bottom Line

Burst offers a solid teeth whitening kit. It’s pro-grade, made with quality ingredients, priced fairly, straightforward to use; the works. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to remove stains, give Burst a go.