- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
I have always been self conscious about the color of my teeth. I remember when I was in grade school, I lost a tooth and put it in my pocket at school. My friend’s little brother saw it and asked me why it was yellow.
As an adult, I was really excited when whitening became the new “thing” and all these products hit the market. Unfortunately, when I tried the white strips, I woke up in the middle of the night with my teeth screaming in pain.
I’ve tried every tooth whitening toothpaste out there. They don’t do much good, but I’d like to think my teeth are whiter than they were when I was a kid. Actually, I know they are, but I’m still paranoid about it. Here is a picture of my teeth a few years ago:
Six years later, after using more tubes of whitening toothpaste than I can count, these are my teeth now:
They’re better, but still not what I would call “white.” There are still pictures where I think they look yellowed or dull. But I do not have the budget for professional whitening. So, I’ve decided to set out on a mission to whiten my smile before my wedding in three months. And I thought you might be interested!
I’m taking a multi-level approach here. I’ve been using this mouthwash for the past few weeks. I haven’t really noticed any difference, but I haven’t been documenting it either.
When I first started using it, I had another episode of waking up in the middle of the night with screaming pain in my teeth. So I bought some flouride rinse. Now, I make sure I use both, one right after the other, sometimes I mix them. This helps with sensitivity.
I also make sure I use the fluoride rince before I use these:
These are CVS brand whitening strips, made for use over 14 days. I use the fluoride rinse before and after I use these things, and it definitely helps with sensitivity. They’re still a little sensitive, but they don’t ache.
So this is it, Bees! The start of my journey to a whiter smile. I will post every few weeks up until my wedding with progress reports, and updates as to which products work and which don’t. Wish me luck!