(Closed) Teeth Whitening Recommendations

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m actually using crest whitestrips right now.  I have super-senstive teeth, so I wanted something really gentle that I could use at my own pace (and I wanted to start with inexpensive options).  I’ve only been doing it once a day instead of twice, and took a couple of days off when it just wasn’t convenient, which may have helped counter any added sensitivity. 

I’ve already noticed a difference – it’s not crazy, but I wanted to control how white it got anyway, and I’ve still got more than half the pack to go, so I expect that if it keeps up at this rate, I’ll be more than pleased with the results.  No idea how long it will last, though.  Also, I have a serious problem controlling my saliva while they are on – maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine using them while out and about the way I expected to! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I have used the Crest whitening strips too and they work great! To keep it up I use Crest whitening toothpaste and brush every evening with Rembrandts Intense Stain toothpaste. Since I am a coffee drinker I know it has helped tremendously.

Post # 5
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had the Zoom tooth whitening done once, a few years ago.  It was very effective, but also very painful…

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve used Crest White strips.  They work really well.  I normally have sensitive teeth/ gums, and they didn’t bother my teeth at all.  Our newspaper’s coupon section on the weekend normally has some good coupons for these.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tried crest white strips years ago and they made my teeth really sensitive. My SIL is a dental hydienist and suggested using the stuff from dental office since it is more effective. She is going to make me some trays so I can go at my own pace if I experience any snesitivity. She aslo recommended doing it now and then just touching up closer to the wedding in case I experience any discomfort.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Great question, I’m curious about this too!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve heard that all whitening toothpaste products you are only supposed to use for a maximum of 12 days (chemicals and such).  Both a dentist and a hygenist told me that.  I heard that the best way of doing it was to mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste and clean your teeth with that, you won’t get any sensitivity and it does what you want. 

I haven’t tried it yet but I just picked up a bottle of HP.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Four years ago, I purchased a whitening formula and custom fit trays through my dentist office.  Truth be told, I never used the full treatment and I recently decided I would purchase more whitening formula and couldn’t find my trays-of course!  So, for me it was a waste of money because it was very costly and I didn’t follow the schedule.

I too caution against ZOOM-it can be painful, very painful.  The pain comes from what my hygienist called “zingers” – a shot of pain(s) through your teeth lasting a few seconds.  Those seconds sometimes felt like minutes to me  and I had the “zingers” for a couple hours after the procedure.  However, I was told not everyone experiences them.   There are pros to ZOOM, it is quick and the results are great. I really liked that they took extra precautions for protecting my ultra thin, sensitive gums.  Actually, that’s how I ended up having the ZOOM.  My dentist basically gave the procedure to me for free after I had four graphs performed on my gums.  I had the ZOOM done 3 months ago and my teeth still look great.  Custom trays and a whitening gel were included with the initial whitening procedure for future treatments. I’m planning to save them for the wedding.

I too have always heard of the baking soda and peroxide combo.  My mom has used it for as long as I can remember. She just told me – 50 years.  However, I was just told by both my dentist and hygienist that it can be very abrasive on some people’s teeth.  Just a precaution!

I think the Crest white strips are the way to go and the most cost effective!  You should consider having your teeth cleaned before you start your bleaching/whitening for best results. 

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@labrat: I never thought about that with the make-up. My SIL just said I should consider whitening (she also did it before her wedding). The dentist route is really expensive tho! I’m lucky my SIL is making the trays for me, which is the most expensive part (she also made me a new night guard for TMJ cuz my doggy ate mine…opps). I’m getting the tubes of whitening solution from a local community college’s dental program. They have clinics in order for the students to work on real patients and I’m able to purchase the tubes of whitening solution there for about $10 a piece. They do not make trays, which is why my SIL is doing it, but if you already have them will sell the solution. You should check into something like that. Maybe such a program in your area would actually make the trays as well!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I always use hydrogen peroxide, swish for 30 seconds to a minute twice a day until you get the desired whitening… It’s gentle and cheap and works everytime! 🙂  I have super sensitive teeth and it doesn’t cause ANY sensitivity or hurt my gums like some whitening strips.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I tried the strips also but it made my teeth sensitive too..i recently switched to the rembrandt two hour kit and its awesome!!! You can tell the difference right away and its only like $15.00!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@labrat: They are real thin trays that are molded to your teeth and are very flexible. I think they are made out of a type of silicone or some other polymer. They aren’t like a hard plastic try tho.

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