5 Ways to Get Whiter Teeth (from a Girl Who's Tried Everything)
Megan P on 24 Jan 2012 at 9:00pm
You’ve got a big event coming up, and you want your teeth whiter. You know Patty Picture Taker will be snapping plenty of shots to embarrass you with on Facebook the next day. Of course, the best way to address this issue would be to bail on the event all together - but you promised your best friend you’d go. So here are some whitening tips from a girl who’s tried almost everything:
1. Whitening toothpaste
I’ve never heard anyone rave over the effects. However, if surface stains are the culprits that are keeping you from a bright smile the slightly harsher abrasives in whitening toothpastes may do the trick.
Average cost $5
2. Whitening Strips
These work well for light to moderate staining. I have used these in the past, before I had custom trays made, and was very pleased with the results - plus the cost is low compared to other forms of whitening.
Average cost $30
3. Over the counter bleach kits
Usually you will get about the same result as with the strips, but double the mess & hassle if you don’t have your own custom trays. If you do have custom trays several of our community members have said Dr. Georges Dental White works well, but it does take 2 weeks. Rembrandt has a 2 hour product. I tried it and didn’t notice a difference in color.
Average cost $10
4. At home kits from your dentist
The comfort of the custom made trays is worth the extra cost and you can re-use the trays for years. Since they are custom fit not as much of the whitening gel leaks into your mouth and the gel is held evenly against your teeth. The down side is you have to make a trip to the dentist. The whitening products dispensed by dentists are usually more potent than over the counter ones, so you should see better results too.
Average cost $300.00
5. In office treatments
There are different in office whitening treatments, the most popular being Zoom. Most people report significant whitening and it is completed in one day. The down side is what many call “zingers”, sharp shooting pain that can last 24-48 hours after the procedure. Not everyone experiences zingers though, and you can reduce the sensitivity you have by using a fluoride rinse and a toothpaste like Sensodyne for a week before your appointment.
Average cost $400.00
Megan P. loves all things dental. Currently the Dental Community Manager for RealSelf, she previously worked for over five years in an orthodontic office doing all chairside procedures. She then opened and operated an orthodontic lab, and later went to work for one of the largest providers of continuing education for dentists.