Lifestyle habits can cause stains to build up up on the outside of the teeth and make them look darker than they once were.
This product may make your teeth appear whiter, by removing surface stains.
It will not change the natural colour of your teeth in the same way that professional whitening / bleaching can.
Spare yourself a few minutes and have a read of our guide to the best teeth whitening options, it will tell you all you need to know.
- They can potentially improve the colour of your teeth by removing stains
- Simple to use
- Peroxide free
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Everyone will get different results
- Sticky residue left behind
Does it actually work?
We understand you want whiter teeth, but this might not be the right product for you.
Tooth whitening is a complex process and every person’s circumstances and results are different (although the adverts and claims from many manufacturers don’t make this clear).
This product may work to remove surface stains from your teeth, but it will not change the natural colour of your teeth in the same way that professional whitening / bleaching will.
Teeth whitening – a quick explainer
There is a general misunderstanding of how whitening products work, which is why we’ve covered the topic in detail.
Some products, such as the one being reviewed here, remove stains. This is not the same as professional bleaching carried out by a dentist, and this is where much of the confusion stems from.
Before choosing a product or procedure, it’s important to understand the basics. This small investment of time will save you money and improve your oral health.
Whether opting for a stain removal product or professional bleaching, there are cost-effective options available, which we cover throughout our content.
We encourage you to learn more about teeth whitening, and the following articles (created by our in-house dentist) are a great place to start:
If you’re interested in whitening, our overall advice is to visit the dentist before using a whitening product, but you can find a more detailed explanation of this by reading the links shared above.
We’ve also created this short video, which further explains how stain removal products may not work the way you think:
Before & after results
Everyone’s teeth are different.
Our lifestyles, genetics and medical conditions all have an influence on our teeth.
Some people have heavily stained teeth, whilst others do not.
Swiftwhite teeth whitening strips work by removing surface stains and may make your teeth appear whiter, but it will not change the natural colour of your teeth.
The results you achieve by using Swiftwhite will be different to me.
I have tried many different products and have little to no staining on my teeth.
Because of these circumstances, it would therefore be inaccurate to show before and after images to suggest what results you might get, because simply put, your before and after results may be very different.
However, to give you an idea, visit our teeth whitening before and after page, and you can see the kind of results you can expect from a stain removal product such as this, and the results you can expect from professional bleaching.
The suggested retail price for a pack of Swiftwhite strips is £24.99.
However, in reality they sell at £15-£17 in total. That is an £8-10 saving on average.
You get 28 strips (14 packs) in the box, which is enough for 2 weeks worth of tooth whitening.
Therefore the cost per application is around about £1.14 on average.
Where To Buy
You won’t find the Swiftwhite strips on the shop shelves, or at least they are not at the time of the review.
Amazon appears on average to be a fraction cheaper.
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Taste, Packaging etc
The Swfitwhite strips come very nicely packaged.
There is a primarily purple and white colour scheme going on. It looks smart and catches the eye.
The box is a little larger than a box of playing cards.
On the front is the key information about the strips, what they are and what they offer.
On the back are all the steps on how to use them and some additional text with warnings about the product.
Developed in the UK and formulated by dentists, the strips are actually manufactured in China.
There is a use by date on the box, which appears to be about 2 years from the date of manufacture. This means in most cases you will have used them long before they go out of date, but there is a time limit on them, should you leave them at the back of a cupboard, be aware!
Inside the box are 28 strips.
This is perhaps slightly misleading or confusing.
You actually get 28 strips in total, but 14 are for the top row of teeth and 14 are for the bottom row of teeth.
A single top and single bottom strip are attached to a small sheet of plastic and placed inside a foil sachet.
Therefore you actually have 2 strips per sachet and 14 sachets in total.
The idea is you apply the strips once a day for 2 weeks.
The strips have been designed for the top and bottom teeth. Therefore, if you for some reason wanted to whiten (remove stains) from just the top teeth, whilst technically you could use all the 28 strips on your top teeth alone, the strips for the bottom teeth won’t fit properly, so results could easily be compromised.
Designed to focus on the front teeth, the strips will not fit over all your teeth in either the bottom or top arch. They have been shaped to cover the main teeth that are usually visible when you smile.
It is only the front of the tooth that the strip covers, it will not whiten the sides, back and top of the teeth.
Whilst for most people this is fine, for a more consistent whitening or the whole tooth, you need a professional whitening treatment.
Directions on how to use are printed on the back of the box and the key steps are to printed on each sachet which is good to see.
Warnings on the box do include avoiding contact with the eyes, to store in a cool dry place out of reach of children. It is suggested not to use if you have ulcers, exposed gums or after oral operations. It is also said they are not recommended or suitable for children under 12.
The way you use the strips is explained below.
First brush the teeth for 2 minutes as you usually would.
Open a sachet and pull out the strips. Peel each strip off the plastic sheet and apply to the correct row of teeth. The larger strip is for the top teeth.
Take your time when applying the strips, doing this in front of a mirror can be helpful.
Gently press the strip down onto the teeth to ensure a good fit, trying to avoid the strip sticking to the gum.
You keep the strips on for 30 minutes.
Once 30 minutes has passed, you remove the strips and rinse the mouth out to rid it of any remaining gel.
You then repeat this process for 2 weeks.
I found the strips easy to use.
They are certainly fairly hassle free.
When fitted it is a bit odd at first. The fit of the strip is pretty good. There seems to be a slight excess (for me anyway) on the height of the strip, I had to tuck the stip slightly over the top of my teeth. I guess this helps with whitening the edge.
I found I had a bit of a lisp as I spoke and a bit of a tendency for my tongue to catch the bottom edge.
There is a pleasant taste to them and I experienced no sensitivity or side effects.
Should you experience such, continue to use with caution or stop and consult your dentist.
For the 30 minutes you wear them, you can get on with other things. Do not eat or drink while you wear them.
I like that there is no LED light as is the case with some others as it is much easier to complete the whitening.
There is no need to bite down or keep a hold of any trays in the mouth as the strips stick well to the teeth.
When removed, you dispose of the strips.
The teeth are a bit sticky after use and although a good rinse should be enough to remove the excess I felt like I wanted to brush them initially. After 5 minutes it was fine, because the tongue and saliva had essentially rid my teeth of the residue.
The taste as this point is by no unpleasant, it is coconut flavour.
It is not said when is the best time to use the strips.
I did it after dinner. I brushed my teeth, applied the strips for 30 minutes and then removed.
Doing it in the evening, meant I would then brush my teeth once more before bed.
In the strips are a number of ingredients working to free the teeth of those molecules that stain the exterior surface.
It is primarily the acid and silica listed in the ingredients section below that are doing the stain removal, although all the ingredients play their part.
The glycerin for example can dehydrate the teeth, which can cause the teeth to look whiter after use, because teeth are whiter naturally when dehydrated, whilst the coconut gives the flavour.
There are no peroxides within the ingredients and the chemical makeup is compliant with EU regulations.
The strips will only really work on natural teeth and will not change the colour of dentures, crowns or veneers for example.
Swiftwhite suggest on their own website that you will see a whiter smile after 3 days and full results in 14 days. Their Amazon sales page suggests an average shade improvement of 6 shades in 7 days.
It is not clear where this data came from and ultimately these pieces of information are a little hard to believe, because although some might see this, not everyone will.
I think it is therefore a little misleading.
A caveat on these claims would be good to see.
Those with stain free teeth, or who have completed professional bleaching of the teeth will not see such improvements, if any.
As long as you are aware of how Swiftwhite works and realistic about the results then there is little harm to try them out.
And with the offer of a 30 day money back guarantee, should you not be happy for any reason, you only need to reach out to them and begin claim process.
At around £1 a day to use, they are convenient and cost effective when you consider some of the competing products.
However, do be aware that a good oral hygiene routine may be able to achieve similar results without the added cost.
The ingredients within the Swiftwhite strips are:
Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phthalimidoperoxycaproic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethcellulose, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide and Menthol.
Although the chances are slim and the risk very low, there is the potential for any tooth whitening product to do damage to your teeth.
Particularly, those like Swiftwhite that have acidic and abrasive ingredients in them.
However, making use of all 28 strips within this kit is unlikely to do any significant damage and there is really little to no risk if you do want to try them.
The company makes a point of stating on their website;
Swiftwhite Teeth Whitening Strips are classified as a cosmetic product in the European Union. Our product complies with the Cosmetic Regulations 1223/2009 which was set into force on July 11, 2013.
Cosmetic Regulations 1223/2009 was created by European Parliament and Council with the intent of establishing standards for cosmetic products that are available on the market.
The safety and EU compliance of our product was assessed by an independent laboratory based in United Kingdom. If you would like more information please get in touch with us.
Follow the instructions on how to use them correctly and you keep the risk levels low.
For your own peace of mind, you should have a checkup before completing any tooth whitening, to ensure the teeth are in a good condition to receive the treatment.
The directions are provided on the box and again on the back of each sachet containing the strips which is pleasing.
On the box is the company’s address and inside is a piece of documentation that contains telephone numbers, an email address and a website to make use of should you have any questions. This is all good stuff.
For added peace of mind there is too a use by date on the bottom of the box. This appears to be about 2 years from manufacture/date of purchase.
Is Swiftwhite eco-friendly?
These strips are not marketed or designed to be eco-friendly.
Whilst it would be nice for all companies to be more considerate of how they can limit environmental damage, Swiftwhite are likely doing the most that can when it comes to their strips.
There are 14 individual foil packs that contain the strips that are mounted on a small piece of plastic. The individual packs make them convenient to use and hygienic.
All 14 packs are contained within a recyclable cardboard box.
Perhaps there are ways or options that all 28 strips could be repackaged onto one sheet.
This however, might be tricky and compromise the convenience of the current product.
Swiftwhite suggest you will see the maximum results in 14 days, so if you want to ensure you have gotten the best from them, you need to use all the strips anyway, so it is unlikely you will dispose of until you have actually used all of them.
Other whitening products from Swiftwhite
Swiftwhite have at the time of review, 2 teeth whitening products on offer.
They have the strips being reviewed here and a teeth whitening powder.
The teeth whitening powder is charcoal powder.
Just like the strips, when used it can only remove the external staining on the tooth surface making the teeth appear whiter by removing discolouration on the external layer of the tooth and not the internal structure.
It will not change your natural tooth colour.
This powder, although labelled differently is the same as Procoal.
Procoal and SwiftWhite are brands owned by the same parent company Bayagan Group Ltd.
What we would like to see improved
As is the case with the majority of companies selling teeth whitening products, we would like to see an improvement in customer education.
Many people are unaware if their teeth are stained or not.
Somebody with teeth free of staining will get no benefit from these stain removal products.
Those with crowns, veneers or dentures will also see no improvement.
Sadly Swiftwhite and many other companies do not make this clear.
Swiftwhite’s own website says you will see a whiter smile after 3 days and full results in 14 days. This simply cannot apply to all.
Their Amazon sales pages states that there is an average colour enhancement of 6 shades in 7 days. It is not clear where this data was obtained.
The fact that they come with a 30 day money back guarantee goes some way to help ensure customer satisfaction, but ultimately a bit more disclosure and customer education would go a long way.
Ratings / Conclusion
As we’ve mentioned in the results section, it’s difficult for us (or anybody else) to systematically test numerous whitening products.
For this reason, we have chosen to omit star ratings.
However, below you can find a summary of our closing thoughts.
There is no denying these stips they are a more convenient, less hassle option in comparison to the over the counter kits that contain trays, gels and LED lights. Simply apply the strip and go about your normal life until it is time to remove.
The Swiftwhite strips are far from a bad option if you want to remove stains from your teeth, but it might just be that they don’t deliver the results you want or expect.
A good toothbrush, paste and brushing technique may be a better and equally effective option whilst saving you a few pounds also.
- Do they contain peroxides?
- Are the strips cruelty free?
- Are the strips from Swiftwhite suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
- Can I wear with braces?
- No. It is not advised to undertake any tooth whitening (stain removal) whilst wearing braces).
- Can I reuse a strip?
- No, they are designed for one time use.
- How many strips in a pack?
- A pack contains 14 sachets, each of which have 2 strips inside. This is a strip for the upper and a strip for the lower teeth.
- I only want to whiten my top teeth, can I use all 28 strips on my top teeth?
- No. The packs contain 14 strips for the top and 14 strips for the bottom teeth. It is not advised to use a strip on the arch of teeth it has not been designed for. Whilst technically they work, you will likely find that fit and coverage is bad.
- Are the strips harmful to the tooth enamel?
- No. The ingredients conform to the safety standards set out by governing bodies and are considered safe for the teeth. However, all such products can potentially, particularly long term use can cause damage to the enamel. You should maintain regular dental checkups to ensure your teeth are safe and take breaks from teeth whitening.
- Can I eat and drink whilst wearing the strips?
- No, do not eat or drink whilst wearing the strips.
- Can I wear these at night whilst I sleep?
- No, they should be worn for the advised 30 minutes or so. Do not sleep with the strips on.
- Can I use these to whiten my crowns, veneers or dentures?
- Whilst technically the strips may help remove molecules from the surface of these cosmetic enhancements, the strips will not change the colour of them.
Do you own or have you used the Swiftwhite teeth whitening strips?
Are there certain things that you really like or dislike?
Let me and other readers of this article know what you think, by commenting below. Your feedback and opinions are incredibly valuable.