Don't Let These Guys Scare You - New York, NY
I'm getting married in a few weeks so I signed...
- 9 Dec 2010
I'm getting married in a few weeks so I signed up for teeth whitening at a nearby dentist in NYC and didn't think to ask questions. Last night I freaked myself out reading all the scary reviews on here. I almost canceled but decided I'd stick it out and stop it mid process if I needed to. This morning I took 4 advil before going to my appointment. And I was really tired from staying up late reading these reviews. When I got there I was a bit panicked. I asked a lot of questions about the pain. The receptionists had all had it done and said it wasn't so bad. The assistant who did my whitening told me that only 2% of people asked to stop before all 3 sessions were done. I felt very comforted by that after reading all the reviews here. People here make it seem like 50%+ need to stop the process.
She brought me 2 advil and I didn't tell her I already took 4 an hour earlier. Oh well. More is better, right? Anyway, she graded my teeth at C1 and said we'd aim for B1 which was the lightest shade and was about 5 shades (or 6 ..I forgot) lighter than C1.
Ok, so I started, and I had most of what others describe - the mouthpiece, mouth full of gauze, protective glasses, and gel. Then the light.
So about 8 minutes into my first 15 minute session the tingling started. It was not the "Zingers" but compares to the feeling of having something "fall asleep" - it was pins and needles, but not bad. Really. I could have fallen asleep - I wasn't in so much discomfort that it would have kept me up. It was so not a big deal. And my gums felt a little inflamed - like when you brush too hard. But that was all. After 2 15 minute sessions she showed me my teeth. They looked great. And it started feeling even better than the first session. Midway through the 3rd session I was still in no pain and she offered me a 4th one (included in price) if I wanted. I kind of spoke from the back of my mouth and asked if it would make a difference, and she said it would, so I went for 4 15-minute sessions. No measurable discomfort at all.
When it was done and she took off all the gauze, my teeth graded lighter than B1 - so lighter than the lightest on their grade. While I was wrapping up I felt my first Zinger. yes, it hurt, but it was so not a deathly pain. It was an "ow ow ow - ok subsided" pain. It lasted 3 seconds and was not so crippling in that I could say "ow - zinger - hold on" while I waited for it to subside. It's now 6 hours later. I've been applying this topical cream "GC MI Paste Plus" from Recaldent. I don't know anything about it but they sold it to me for $15 and said it would help. I've been getting a zinger every 1/2 hour or so, but I dab on the cream and I don't know if that helps or it was subsiding already regardless. Anyway, so 6 hours later my teeth are much much whiter and the pain is totally tolerable. I'm at work and didn't miss any meetings. During one of them I said "ouch - tooth pain, was at the dentist today - hold on" and then it was done and I continued.
SO worth it. Don't let the folks here scare you off. To think I almost didn't go.
Very happy with the process. The office was clean and the staff was top notch. Dr D also stayed afterwards to answer my questions about invisalign even though they don't offer it there. He acted as a free consultation for me on something he wouldn't even get me as a patient for. I'm very impressed.