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post #26 of 41
thanks for that post NAT! I've been wanting to whiten my teeth for a long time, and now I know what to use.
post #27 of 41
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i bought the boil & bite kit a few days ago. it should arrive soon, i'm gonna do before and after shots! hope it works fast, i'm impatient!
post #28 of 41
I triedthe crest stripes, too, but my teeth got super sensitive from it so I had to stop after a few days.
post #29 of 41
i've used crest white strips as well and it works pretty effectively. i did notice a visible whiter shade. my dentist recommended it used once every 1-2 years. anymore than that isn't good for the enamel of your teeth or gums.
post #30 of 41
The white strips are great. After you whiten, use mendtadent. I swear by it. I'm very particular about my teeth as well. I asked my dentist about whitening and he said that I didn't need it. He then took out a mirror and compared my teeth to a shade chart. Mine were the second lightest on the chart. I wanted to be the lightest though. LOL Which is why I purchased the white strips. My only secret is using mentadent every day for the past 10+ years.
post #31 of 41
I'm glad this post was bumped up (otherwise I wouldn't have seen it)
At my job (dental office), one of the dentists I work with says the best thing to do is to use Sensodyne toothpaste 2 weeks before you plan on whitening your teeth, and of course during the time you whiten your teeht, and 2 weeks after. And it should kill the sensitivity, as long as it is the only toothpaste you use (mixing it with any other toothpaste would make it less effective).
She also said to use a whitener that has 'Carbamide peroxide' Because that is the main ingredient that they use in dental offices for teeth whitening.
post #32 of 41
I've tried a lot of things.... like most, my teeth were pretty white to begin with, but needed perfection! So, I've done the whitestrips, both regular and premium, the boil and bite with the carbamide peroxide, and Zoom whitening. My results: any type of whitestrips are best. The boil and bite thing was messy, and not as effective... and I'm used to having molds and retainers and stuff (I still religiously wear my retainer molded from 5th grade)... nightly. All of the goop would squeeze out with the boil and bite. The Zoom was a big waste of money. I think I had initial results (for like a day) that were more impressive (just because it was all at once) that were better than the strips. Literally, that "wow" was gone in a week. The whitestrips got my teeth as white, but took a week or two. The best buy are the strips.
post #33 of 41
Long ago, I tried the regular Whitestrips. It really annoyed me, putting on the strips and it was hard to control the whole drool factor...especially for 14 days. I think I threw them out on the 3rd day. Anyway.

My friends have tried the 7 day, Whitestrips Premium and I see a huge difference in their teeth. So given that, I would try those ones over again...haha.

Also, if you have a dentist assistant friend at the least, and they have access to buying the kits that they use at the dentist office, they can do the molds and stuff for you
post #34 of 41
Does the dentist way (mold, gel, etc.) make your teeth sensitive as well? Does it affect the enamel horribly (assuming that it's stronger)? I JUST bought crest white stripes from Costco, but I hate the feeling of sensitive teeth, so I might just go with the mold.

ETA: I'm getting such different reactions to all of these products If I do go with the white strips, I'll listen to IAmRenee and use Sensodyne. Hopefully, it'll work.
post #35 of 41
They really all made my teeth sensitive... they are all doing the same thing, and unfortunately, sensitivity is a side-effect
post #36 of 41
Has anyone ever tried the Listerine Whitening rinse?
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by wantingmore View Post
Does the dentist way (mold, gel, etc.) make your teeth sensitive as well? Does it affect the enamel horribly (assuming that it's stronger)? I JUST bought crest white stripes from Costco, but I hate the feeling of sensitive teeth, so I might just go with the mold.

ETA: I'm getting such different reactions to all of these products If I do go with the white strips, I'll listen to IAmRenee and use Sensodyne. Hopefully, it'll work.
I just had some sort of Zoom Whitening like procedure done at the dentist... and... damn. Painful. They do put de-sensitizing gel on your teeth beforehand so I didn't actually feel bouts of sensitivity until the procedure was over, but as time passed, the sensitivity became even greater (they went from ZINGs of pain at random moments, to just straight sensitivity... very similar to feeling like someone drilling into your tooth and hitting a nerve). I took Advil at night (couldn't sleep) and again in the morning and the pain didn't fully go away until 14 hrs after the procedure.

They gave me take home trays (from impressions of my teeth), with the same gel (I think) as what was used earlier when I was getting the procedure done... I used it two days after, slept with it overnight (it was 10% strength) and I've felt random sensitivity throughout the day... I keep cringing at the thought of cold water and popsicles.

Anyway, the DA highly recommends that if you even consider whitening, to get your teeth cleaned first, but as what was said before, nothing will prevent tooth sensitivity. Sensodyne will probably help make it less painful (for either whitestrips/professional whitening) but also if you get professional whitening, they can give you de-sensitizing strips/gel for your own aftercare...which I probably need to invest in.

edit: All in all, I think the pain was worth it because I've never seen my teeth so white
post #38 of 41
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ha... here ya go. (these are coming down soon, so be quick)
Awww that is such a beautiful picture. Your smile is stunning.
post #39 of 41

Teeth Whitening

I have tried sevral over-the-counter teeth whitening products but have not found one that works well.

Does anyone have any advise or experience with some of the products offered online? I prefer using a paste solution instead of the strips.

Thanks in advance...
post #40 of 41
There are many options available in the market for tooth whitening that meets your needs, they freshen breath and help us to reduce dental plaque and gum disease. But i would recommend you to purchase it from Gosmile.com, As GO SMiLE's Two-Step Smile Program is the fast, easy, totally modern way to whiten your Teeth and keep them white! Forget those messy, time-consuming, and uncomfortable strips and trays. An ideal solution to get white teeth for those with busy schedules. I have used this best teeth whitening system earlier and got amazing results.
post #41 of 41
i also need a whitener..... which one is the best...
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