(Closed) Teeth Whitening

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I used Britesmile. It hurt quite a bit for the first 2 days, but after that it was fine. If your teeth are pretty white already I wouldn’t think the pain is worth it to get a few shades whiter. They actually look pretty unnatural at first in my opinion, so your natural shade might look better in photos anyway. You could always do a less painful over-the-counter whitening as a touch-up.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Have you talked to your dentist? Experiences with Britesmile (and others like them) vary widely between different people.  Some people say it does not hurt at all — others are so sensitive they can’t even sit through the treatment.  Your dentist should know what would work best for you. 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I used the Crest Whitening Strips last night and my bottom teeth hurt so bad today that I can barely eat. I can’t even imagine what professional whitening would do. I’m going to go back to the Listerine dissolveable ones (which I ran out of!) instead of the Crest ones – ow!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I was going to do the teeth whitening but I also heard some pretty bad stories about the pain.  I tried the strips and they hurt a bit – even though I did the Flouride rinses my dentist recommended.  In the end I decided to try and do the strips as often as I could as I was pretty sure my teeth were too sensitive to make it through the in office procedure, which was also very expensive.  You can find reviews online by googling BriteSmile and reviews….

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Your dentist can also make you a set of trays and order you a peroxide solution in a concentration that is suited to your particular sensitivity level.  (The solutions come in a range of concentrations – some that you can wear while you sleep, some that can’t be worn for more than an hour, so you can see that’s a big difference.)  If you bleach at home, you can also tailor how long you wear the trays so that you don’t get the sensitivity – it will just end up taking more applications to get the same level of whitening if you wear your trays for fewer minutes at a time.

The sensitivity (and the weird "too-white" effect) is because the treatment really dries out the tooth.  Both the sensitivity and the whiteness fade over the first few days after treatment as the tooth rehydrates.

I would think that if you have problems with the commercially available strips, but don’t want to spend the money to have trays made and buy the bleaching solutions, you could just wear the strips for less time than the directions recommend. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Try using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth for about 2 weeks before and after whitening and see if that helps.  Also, take some tylenol or something for a couple of days after.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I use toothpaste for sensitive teeth and the white strips didn’t bother me.  You can also adjust how often you use the strips – once a day is fine, it just takes twice as long. 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I just got home from my dentist, and he told me that a good teeth cleaning and polishing is all I really need — he can get rid of the stains and make my teeth look much whiter than they are now.  If I want to do bleaching after that, I can — but a teeth cleaning is recommended before doing any whitening anyway.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

alright, i guess this post is where i shine….  

yup a teeth cleaning is definately recommended before to get the stains out (using the cavitron…that buzzing thing that hurts).  Your teeth however will NOT get whiter (it might look so but it’s what it would naturally be w/o all the coffee/tea/wine etc).

Bleaching w/ the white strips and the likes work well to a certain point, BUT it does not do a good job w/ in between each tooth (because it’s rounded inwards, and the strips doesn’t touch it very nicely).

I would highly recommend trays made by your dentist if you get sensitivity from white strips.  Even with these you still can get sensitivty but it’s not as bad b/c you can wipe all excess bleach.  And you can wear it 1/2 the time or once every few days.

Brite smile/zoom would be great to get it done and over with, but if you get sensitivity…yup it can get really bad, but then you may also have no affect from it.

HIGH FLOURIDE RINSE/TOOTH PASTE should be used if you plan to bleach.  I recommended ACT (over the counter rinse) to most of my patients.  Sensitive toothpaste does help too.

Post # 13
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Newbee

I went to the dentist and he gave me two options:  to do zoom, or to take a kit home and do it myself…after discussing the ups and downs I decided to do the take home kit.  I can do it when ever I want and as many times as I want until I get the shade I want.  I usually do it at night and it will work as I am sleeping.  To me the only down fall is that my teeth get sensitive after three applications, but by then I don’t need to do it for about a month…oh yeah and the kit last forever…I have had mine for about 10 months so far and I still have one tube left!!  To top off my smile I use a lip plumping gloss from It Cosmetics…it has blue pigments in it which makes my teeth look even whiter then they already are!

good luck…hope you find something that works for you!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did Crest white strips a few years ago and had wonderful results!! Yes my teeth did become sensitive, I use Sensodyne toothpaste and it really seems to help. I will have to try the ACT mouthwash. A month or so ago, I tried the Listerine strips and they didn’t do a darn thing. They didn’t dissolve fully and they certainly didn’t whiten at all. So I’m now two months out from the wedding and I’m doing the Crest white strips again. I’m doing one every other day and then I’ll build up to one a day, and then maybe two. The results are so fantastic, I’ll deal with the sensitivity and just do some other things to help out. I know the dentist way is probably the best, but I don’t have the money for it. No health insurance, so my money goes to actual cleanings

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have been swishing with the Aquafresh whitening and I swear it helped a little. A little.

 

I saw this product on the Rachel Ray show: http://www.white-10.com. It worked really well. Seriously. It’s just white-out for your teeth. I just wonder if it tastes bad! THe girl didn’t say anything about pain!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Dulaman: I saw that on RR as well! I thought it kind of LOOKED like white out though! It looked kind of fake to me, but maybe it was just me? I can also see it tasting bad, it just seems bizarre to me. Haha, but who knows!

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