Post # 1
So, Im considering getting my teeth whitened for the wedding, I’m scouring Groupon and Living Social to get a deal.
I did find a deal for a 1-time $99 whitening, and I’m wondering if it’s necessary? And/or should I look into doing this at home? Do I really need to see someone to get my teeth whiter?
Also, a friend of mine mentioned that it can make your teeth sensitive… anyone experience this?
How soon before the wedding should I get the procedure done if I decide to go this route?
Thoughts and advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m interested to hear responses on this as well!!
Post # 4
I cannot tell you how obvious it is in beautiful photos when the bride or groom have yellow teeth. To me it is a pet peeve and easily avoidable.
I whiten my teeth twice a year using Crest white strips and use Listerine Whitening mouthwash every day. I am always told I have such white teeth and I take pride in that fact. White teeth doesn’t mean SUPER BRIGHT. You can opt for a more natural white shade which is vastly different than yellow(ish).
I would recommend doing this. If you don’t want to spend $99.00 look into the strips ($39.99 max). If you have sensitivity they have lower dose forms that you only wear for about five minutes a day (you just have more of them, over longer period of time).
Post # 5
I am not sure about professional whitening. I think maybe a week before should be fine. I use the Crest whitening strips regulary and Sensodyne toothpaste for when they got too sensitive. If you space out the routine though, it is a lot easier on your teeth.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: Aw thats sad. I have a crown on my front tooth due to an accident when I was smaller. Whitening my teeth would require me to pay for a crown that matches my whitened teeth. Thats like $600. 🙁
Post # 7
@sheepandbear: Sorry!!! I have a crown too and with the white strips it doesn’t get to the point where it is so white the crown is obvious. I haven’t ever tried the professional whitening, who knows how white that gets!
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: Wait really? It wasnt too obvious? Which tooth is the crown on? I’ve always wanted to whiten a little, maybe it wont be too obvious then….
Post # 9
I am addicted to whitening my teeth and use the gel stuff from my dentist! I’m planning to do it tons right before the wedding – it makes SUCH a big difference!
Post # 10
@sheepandbear: My second incisor on the left top. Between my front tooth and canine. Hopefully you can try it out.
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: Crap, well I’ll give it a try then!!
Post # 12
I’ve done professional teeth whitening but if you don’t have white teeth already its kind of useless and makes it EXTREMELY SENSATIVE Imagine leaving whitening strips on for 24 hours straight, that kind of sensative.
Results did not last the 6 months, they lasted about 1 🙁
Post # 13
DH and I both did professional whitening trays. Best. Decision. Ever. I’m so glad we did it becasue we really saw a difference!
Post # 14
I just started the Colgate Optic White and see a noticeable difference in the 4 days I’ve been using it. I’ve been using the toothpaste in addition to the mouthwash. The mouthwash tastes TERRIBLE and I will go back to listerine after the bottle is empty, but I really like the toothpaste.
Post # 15
I once asked the dentist about whitening my teeth and he said no because they’re already very white and if I were to whiten them it would be bad for the integrity of my teeth. I thought it was weird because they don’t seem that white, but he held up all the different shades to show me and mine were as white as it gets. Weird. I try to avoid using a lot of chemicals in/on my body so I would say start with baking soda and see if you get any results with that.
Post # 16
I’m a dentist and I recommend Crest Whitestrips to my patients too, who don’t want to spend extra to have it done professionally or want all these additional appointments in-office. Like Treejewel mentioned, there’s levels to the Whitestrips (you can check out the many different types on Amazon). Basically, the less sensitive your teeth are, the more you can afford to be daring with the “more powerful/less time” options.
This really stinks for me because I happen to have really sensitive teeth. And just about every worthwhile whitening treatment out there causes some degree of sensitivity. I myself am having the professional Kor Whitening treatment in my office by my colleague, in small increments starting from now until April (when my wedding is). He claims spacing them out early on will reduce my sensitivity.. I’ll let you girls know how that goes..!
As for the crowns and discoloration, I will tell you that FH had a veneer done (also a traumatic accident) on one of his two front teeth a while back and had used the Whitestrips immediately before meeting me (haha!). I notice it being about a shade darker than his adjacent teeth, but then again.. teeth are all I look at all day long.
@BlondeMissMolly: You’re a lucky lady. You probably have one of the whitest teeth shades on a standard shade guide (maybe an A1 or even brighter, a B1). But there are custom shade guides out there that go to toilet-bowl white haha. I’m an A1 and have pretty “white” teeth to others, but I’m still looking to brighten it up a bit. Your dentist sounds very caring to tell you that it may affect the integrity of your teeth. What whitening treatments do essentially is dry out the inner part of your teeth (the dentin), so the whitening process actually works from inside-out. This unfortunately annoys (temporarily) the nerve within the tooth.
My best advice is to go professional if you want immediate and immaculate results. Or if you have some time, there’s no harm with Crest Whitestrips. But be sure to use Sensodyne religiously for at least 2 weeks prior to any whitening treatment (and during the course of it if spacing the treatments out). Also, you may want to take an OTC pain reliever an hour prior to whitening. If you just need minimal whitening, Crest 3-D Vivid White toothpaste is pretty good.. but abrasive, so don’t use it chronically! I also love the taste of it 🙂