Post # 17
really hydrogen peroxide? And it didn’t sting or anything (sorry maybe a dumb question). After our engagement sesion and seeing my less than white smile and really want to get my teeth whitened as well but like everyone else money is tight. thanks for all the suggestions.
Post # 18
FH and I did zoom a couple months ago… The only whitening we experienced was the splotchy whtness from the dehydration of the teeth. Big waste of lots of money. I love the Crest white Strips, though 🙂
Post # 19
@pammyd, Nope, no stinging from the peroxide or sensitivity. And it doesn’t even have much of a flavour. My teeth feel super clean afterward too. I try to do it every night, but I’m a little forgetful.
Post # 20
I love the crest strips. If you worry about sensitivity, there’s a product called Mii paste that your dentist can give you which reduces sensitivity. You put it on once a day and it strengthens your teeth.
Post # 21
My SO had zoom done about a year ago. Could not tell the difference at all.
I too, swear by Crest Whitening Strips. My only problem is I sometimes get too lazy to do them. But I promise, they do really work.
Post # 22
@tomsbride – I’ve heard the target knockoff works the same as the crest whitestrips, im going to try those this week!
Post # 23
I am doing dentist-based whitening (Opalescence). I find Sensodyne Whitening and Act Fluoride Rinse really help address the occassional sensitivity on this. I’m lucky, though, on the dentist-based whitening because I go toa dental college-based clinic, so everything costs 50% of what it would at a regular dentist.
Post # 24
I had tried the Target brand of the whitening trays and my teeth stung soo bad I was almost in tears! My friend gave me a white strip by Crest and I had no pain at all! I know my teeth are super sensitive, but really that much pain?! I love all these ideas! I need to try them!! The only thing I find hard to do it keep those suckers on my teeth for half and hour! I go crazy! Maybe I will try a different brand that works faster..
Post # 25
I am a dental assistant, and I agree Crest is the best OTC whitener. I would also use the crest night white toothpaste to follow; I really feel that it works. Though if you really want “white” teeth, the OTC whitener only bleaches the surface of your tooth, where as if you go to your dentist and use the At home bleaching trays or zoom you are bleaching the internal of the tooth to the surface. The at home trays are also custom fit to each tooth perfectly, plus it is cheaper than Zoom. Zoom takes an hour and is more expensive, but you get the results in an hour.
Your teeth are very porous and after you bleach whether OTC or from the dentist you shouldn’t eat or drink ANYTHING for an hour to insure your bleaching efforts. Good luck.
Post # 26
all great tips, thanks everyone… im definitly trying the CWS if that doesnt work ill do the trays, if that doesnt work ill try the zoom… but im confident the CWS will work…
We’ll be having our engagement pictures when we are satisfied, i cant wait, thanks for everyones help and reviews
Post # 27
I agree with a few other posters who said the Aquafresh trays were awful! They were really uncomfortable the keep in place (poked into my gums), the gel really irritated my gums, and towards the end of each “session,” the gel would get foamy and expand in my mouth. I felt like I had to seal my lips closed to keep from spitting everything out. They also made my teeth way too sensitive, despite using prescription sensitive tooth toothpaste. Sooo, long story short, I’ll be trying the CWS next time around!
Post # 28
Definitely crest white strips. I use them once a year.
Post # 29
Just a tip for everyone who uses hydrogen peroxide to whiten, don’t use it everyday. It can turn your tongue black, which I’m sure none of you want. Plus, it doesn’t have anything in it that actually whitens teeth. I’d stick with Crest White Strips if you want something relatively cheap and over the counter.
It might depend on the dentist office but my mom just got her own whitening trays that she can get free refills for every month (I think) for just $100. I don’t know what they’re actually called but I’ll probably find out next week when I go.
Post # 30
I actually went to my dentist this week to inquire a bout whitening for wedding pics and etc., and he actually told me that he didnt recommend it. He said that the whitening makes your teeth more brittle and sensative. Also, since everyones teeth are varying shades of white, yellow and gray, after the whitening is done, your teeth might be ‘TOO white’. I might just try the Crest Whitestrips route.
Post # 31
Does anyone know of a brand that isn’t a “strip” or a “tray”? I can’t whiten my teeth because one of my front teeth is a crown. However my incisors (the pointy teeth on the top) are pretty badly stained and I’d like to try to just whiten those teeth. I don’t even know if it’s possible!