(Closed) Teeth whitening

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
634 posts
Busy bee

I have used the crest whitening strips and they do work BUT they caused my teeth to be incredibly sensitive. Shooting pain in my teeth. It was awful. I did some research and it looks like this is pretty common. Since then I have tried the sensitive teeth version and I no longer get the shooting pain but the whitening takes quite a bit longer. Does work though!

Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: May 2019

Agreed with PP. I used them and they made my teeth really sensitive. 

I actually whiten with an at-home mixture of 1 TBS of baking soda to 2 TBS of hydrogen peroxide. Just mix then brush onto teeth and leave on for 1 minute. Then rinse really well. It tastes terrible but it works (and is super cheap)! I used it every other day for two weeks and my light staining from coffee was noticeably improved.

Post # 4
2618 posts
Sugar bee

I am really into whitening my teeth. I’ve tried brands like Crest white strips, but I wasn’t super pleased with the results. I use the 5 minute speed whitening gel. It makes my teeth very white. You can get it at Walmart, drugstores, or even Amazon. I leave it on for 20 minutes, and if it’s been a while since I’ve bleached, I do it a few times a week to start then eventually just a couple times a month for maintenance. It can burn your gums though, so I recommend making sure you get all the excess off your gums and the inside of your lips. I agree with PP that whitening them can also make your teeth a little sensitive (that’s never lasted long term for me).

Post # 5
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

White strip hurt my teeth and made them sensitive. I’m considering trying activated charcoal. 

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Brush with powdered activated charcoal.  I have done laser whitening, strips, other things, but find brushing with the activated charcoal to be very, very effective and gentle 

Post # 7
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I agree with charcoal!  I did it before my wedding and really worked!  

Post # 8
540 posts
Busy bee

A lot of dentists in my area offer free whitening with a new patient exam. You could always go that route to get the pro whitening for free

Post # 10
2898 posts
Sugar bee


Works better than charcoal IMO.  Mixed a little with coconut oil.  It does get messy so you might have to wear gloves!

Post # 13
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

Here’s my experiences with whitening, it doesn’t mean it’s everyone’s but I’ll share everything I’ve tried for my 10 years of coffee stains. TL;DR: ask your dentist about 20-30% whitening gel, it worked quickly and was painless for me unlike other types, but mildly pricey.

I’ve tried a couple brands of whitening strips over the years but they always hurt and caused sensitivity without seeing any effect at all. Whitening rinses caused cankersores if I used more than a couple days, and still no noticeable whitening. Whitening toothpastes also had no real effect but I still use one every morning/night because it hasn’t either ha. I tried the activated charcoal because everyone seemed to love it and see effects and I used it religiously for over a month, no sensitivity but also literally no shade difference. I’ve heard ZOOM dentist whitening can hurt so I didn’t want to do that, but haven’t tried it so I couldn’t say what it’s like personally.  

I talked to my dentist at my cleaning and spent $75 for LumiBrite brand whitening gel at 32%, and used it in retainer trays and noticed a lighter shade or two every use. I only put it on for 5-10 minutes every other night for a week, and then on the advice of a friend (not the dentist, she told me after I brought it home from my appt) I used a $7 remineralization gel from amazon for 10 minutes afterwards. My teeth got slightly sensitive to cold if I drank water afterwards before going to bed but we’re fine by morning each of the 4 times. They never hurt or got cankersores like all the other ones I’d tried, and they’re actually white! If I wanted I could get to Instagram model white, but I went for normal-person white instead.

I drink coffee every morning, no straw and my teeth are still within one shade of what I whitened to 2 months ago. It’s suggested to touch up once every month or two if you notice any shade difference, and I still have a 2 out of the 3 tubes left so that won’t be a problem. I was told I could also space it out to whitening every 3 days if I have or get sensitive teeth but didn’t need to. If you’re worried about hurting your enamel make sure you talk to your dentist first, and if you get tray whitening gel and make sure you have a tray fitted to your teeth and not just a mouth guard ( my fiancé tried to save some money and not get one made since he doesn’t have a retainer and do that with mine and it didn’t work as well since it didn’t hold it to his teeth)

Post # 14
1033 posts
Bumble bee

I agree with activated charcoal toothpaste. I know it’s not the best for my teeth but it really makes a huge difference. I only need to brush once or twice before big events and my teeth are super white. The white strips made my teeth too sensitive and professional teeth whitening did too. Even the sensitive versions. 

Post # 15
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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laura1206 :  im using the crest white strips right now. They mostly work, but i feel like the dont get the base of the tooth very well…the part that kind of curves slightly inward toward the gums. Not a huge deal bc you don’ see that part of the tooth unless you bare your gums when you smile. Before I’ve used the gel trays you can by online that you dip in water and then mold to your teeth. Those will definitely whiten your teeth, but I asked my dentist ab methods last week during my cleaning and she said not to use those because they can damage your gums and loosen the grip they have on your teeth (making cavities and gum disease much more likely). She said the strips were the best over the counter option.

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