Post # 17
i use a professional whitening kit I get from the dentist. it works amazing. however, if white strips hurt your teeth, this probably will too. I saw a home remedy recently but forget exactly what it was, but it entailed mixing some baking soda or poweder, something else, and your toothpaste. I’m sure you can find something if you google it.
Post # 18
A few times a week I brush my teeth with a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Its definitely made a huge difference, its much cheaper and more effective than Crest Whitestrips. I also make sure to rinse with a mouthwash with floride to make sure my teeth don’t get too sensitive.
Post # 19
Peroxide-based toothpaste and a whitening rinse after. You can also swish hydrogen peroxide or make it into a paste with baking soda in place of tooth paste.
I’ve recently started using less whitening stuff and more enamel-building stuff though, since I think the whitening stuff makes my teeth sensitive. You could try using enamel-building toothpaste to offset how the treatments strip your enamel.
If you’re really sensitive about it andhave trouble with normal whiteners, you could ask your dentist about clinical whitening or veneers.
Post # 20
Does that hurt? Because I find home whitening kits incredibly painful. I tried it once and I was in pain for about six hours afterwards…. my eyes completely teared up and I couldn’t eat or drink anything for the rest of the day, including water.
So if baking soda and lemon works… woot woot!
Post # 21
I use at home whitening trays from my dentist. Sensitivity is also an issue for me so I do the following:
– I use toothpaste for senstive teeth for at least 2 weeks prior to starting treatment.
– I use a floride rinse after I whiten (floride helps with sensitivity)
– give myself 24-48 hours between treatments.
Also, it is rather important that you avoid smoking, or drink coffee, tea or comsume other staining foods for the 24 hours post-treatment. The whitening agents open the pores in your teeth and you can actually create deeper staining by doing those things as it allows them to penetrate deeper into your enamel than normal until those pore close up.
Post # 22
@Jamcnair: I would cut down on how long you wear the strips but do them more frequently. It will take longer for you to see whiter teeth but it should lessen the sensitivity. And, I would brush with Sensodyne a few days before hand to help with the sensitivity.
I use Opalescence which makes me teeth sensitive, too. I follow a teeth whitening session with MI paste (flouride/recaldent paste).
Post # 23
I bought a Groupon for a professional whitening and it did fuck all. I was so bummed.
The only thing that really works for me is either the stuff you can get off ebay (gel + trays) or Crest Pro white strips. They’re NOTHING like the regular ones. I find that the regular ones slip and make me over salivate (the trays do that, too), and these are CRAZY strong. The whitening percentage is higher, too, so it makes my teeth sensitive. I use them every other day (or every couple of days), followed immediately by a restoring mouthwash.
Post # 24
I ended up having professional whitening before our wedding. Reason being, I have “enamel pits” on my teeth, a few rough spots basically. My dentist had to work on them individually, using whitening strips wouldn’t have worked for me. It made a difference, but my teeth were really sensitive.
Post # 25
@Jamcnair: I used the crest white strips for a while but you’re right, they made my teeth really sensitive and I started to dread them so I stopped… I also drooled a lot when I had them in and it grossed me out! lol
I use the crest 3D white toothpaste 2x daily (2 mins each time I brush) and I think it makes a big difference! There’s also an “advanced” version that I started using like 3 weeks before our wedding just to give me that extra boost. I definitely recommend it.
Post # 26
@Jamcnair: I don’t have any suggestions that haven’t been mentioned BUT am really excited to see that you are in Morristown :] that means we are super close bees only about 45 minutes away from each other and from your picture it look like we are really close in age :] I would love to have someone local to discuss with, especially someone who already went through it and knows the ropes! ;]
Post # 27
I like my teeth ULTRA white (think Ross on the Friends episode) I use crest white strips and they work wonders. THey do make your teeth sensitive though. They are the cheapest option that actually work, IMO, I would finish the box though
Post # 28
doesn’t hurt me, but neither did whitening strips.
Post # 29
First time post, long time lurker! I use crest whitestrips supreme- you can usually find them on amazon I think. They are supposed to be more powerful than the ones you can find in the store. They do make my teeth sensative but if you use sensodine toothpaste or one made for sensativity than goodbye whitening pains! It make sa biiiig difference.
Post # 30
I swear by the Crest 3D white strips! They worked ah-mazing on me!
Post # 31
I use the white strips, either Crest or the Walmart knockoffs. If I use them in close succession my teeth do get pretty sensitive, but it goes away within a couple days of stopping.
A few years ago I did a full set of the 14 day ones and it really helped whiten a lot. I just put up with the sensitivity.
But now that my teeth are white I just do a few strips occasionally to keep them that way. I do those spaced out to avoid sensitivity – once every few days for 3-4 treatments is enough to maintain through my occasional soda, wine, coffee, etc.