Teeth Whitening

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  1. lostinemotion

    lostinemotion New Member

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    I did the britesmile in NY. They give you a before and after picture. They also offer toothpaste to keep up between and these "marker" type brushes to carry in your purse, if you drink wine or something.
     
  2. Casanova

    Casanova New Member

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    How much is it to get Brite Smile in NY?

    I'll be there from July until December so i'll definately have time to get it done at some point.

    I heard its cheaper than in England anyway, so that would suit me just fine!
     
  3. Erin

    Erin Iowa Girl Loves Fashion

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    Absolutely, what, the "old school" Whitestrips? :)

    I bought these when they first came out, back when they were $40 a pop (in 2001, I think). They're awesome. It was a very noticable difference, and my teeth stayed pretty white past the 6 mo. mark.

    I definitely, definitely, definitely recommend Whitestrips.
     
  4. Erin

    Erin Iowa Girl Loves Fashion

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    Meg, I know my mother's dentist told her that Whitestrips will do about just the same trick as those more expensive options. In fact, she buys Whitestrips from the dentist (must be a bit stronger than in retail chain stores).
     
  5. Lara_L

    Lara_L New Member

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    I used McLeans whitening strips (30mins twice daily) and they did whiten my teeth, noticeably. Others would remark on the whiteness. However, they did increase sensitivity, but not so much that i was rushing to the dentist.
     
  6. lilskydiver

    lilskydiver New Member

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    Hi, one of my friends worked as a dentist for BriteSmile out here in CA. If I recall, the treatment (1x) costs around $500-600 US, but I'm not positive... she gave me a free gift certificate last year and I went to go use it in Dec but the dr there said my teeth were too white and it wouldn't change much. I thought it was a joke b/c I'm NEUROTIC about my teeth... but my dentist gf agreed, so I gave the gift certificate to my Dad.

    BriteSmile changed my dad's (non-smoker, non-drinker) teeth approx 7 shades whiter! He was extremely happy w/ the results. But you should note that smoking, red wine, cofee, tea, dark soda etc... will darken your teeth and you should definitely avoid them after treatment (at least for a few days).

    I use bleaching trays that I purchased from my dental office and they work very well. My dentist gf told me that the trays and Britesmile will achieve the SAME results... except the trays take more time to achieve the Britesmile results. You should talk to your Dentist about bleaching trays, it is less expensive then Britesmile in the long run. Also note that you can purchase the bleach in different strengths of the gel... my 1st dentist only gave me 7.5% Carbamide Peroxide, but I'm impatient and when I do bleach I like to do the 16 or 20%, although the higher I go the more sensitive my teeth become afterwards (temporary). (I've never tried the strips)

    In college I worked for a dentist and I can not stress the importance of flossing and professional cleaning 2x per year. Sorry to sound so preachy... I'm just obsessed w/ white, clean teeth! :blush: :flower:

    I hope this info helps you... and I am SORRY to everyone for writing such a LONG freaking post!!! :flower:

    ~ d.


    :ninja: psst... I even drink soda, if I do drink it at all, ONLY w/ a straw... placed far back in my mouth b/c I don't want it to stain my teeth!!!!:lol: :lol: Is that crazy???:innocent:
     
  7. Casanova

    Casanova New Member

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    Thanks for the advice lilskydiver ^_^

    I'll talk it over with my dentist.
    XxX
     
  8. lostinemotion

    lostinemotion New Member

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    casanova- in ny, if you call ahead to book an appt, they sometimes have this special...and if you secure the appt with a credit card, they will take 100 off. I paid 400 for mine at the one in soho.
    the dentist their said the britesmile ampules are more powerful, but obviously takes more time to achieve the whiteness.
     
  9. Casanova

    Casanova New Member

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    Oh thank you! Thats excellent.

    I ordered some crest whitening strips the other day, so i should get them through the post tomorrow. Cant wait to try them out!

    If they work ok then i will probably keep topping up the whiteness every now and again with the strips. If not then i will def get them done prof in NY.

    Thanks again for the tip Lostinemotion.

    XXX
     
  10. lostinemotion

    lostinemotion New Member

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    casanova, I meant the dentist from britesmile said that the go-smile ampules were stronger. either way, i am sure it is all the same, just a matter of how fast you want the results.
    my friend gets her crest white strips from the dentist which are stronger than the one's they sell in the stores..
    her teeth are GLEAMING..lol
     
  11. Casanova

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    lol!

    i'm not sure if i would want mine crazily white, my skins very pale so with bright white teeth as well, i may start blinding people!

    cheers again lostinemotion ^_^ i'll look into go-smile when i get to NY if i'm still curious.
     
  12. Boots & Perfume

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    Has anyone had lazer whitening done? I'm thinking about getting mine done- i want gleaming white teeth, but don't want to pay more than $500 (or thereabouts), and live in Australia. Any thoughts or tips? Would the ordinary store bought Crest Whitestrips alone produce gleaming teeth? I thought lazer whitening sounded the most appealing, as it surely wouldn't be as harsh on the enamel as bleach which will strip your teeth and make them sensitive and more prone to staining in future.
    Thanks in advance :flower:
     
  13. Erin

    Erin Iowa Girl Loves Fashion

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    It depends on the current shade of your teeth. And really... I've seen soo many people with unnaturally-white teeth...it's quite offputting. :innocent:
     
  14. shelley502

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    i tried the crest whitening strips and they caused me such great pain, i couldn't run to the bathroom fast enough to brush it all off!! it was horrible pain.
     
  15. Erin

    Erin Iowa Girl Loves Fashion

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    ^ Did the strips touch your gums? :unsure: I usually felt a bit of pain, but once I started placing the strips and stuff JUST on my teeth, the pain subsided.
     
  16. Meg

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    I put them on the gums and I had no pain. I think it just depends on the person. These worked well (okay I didn't use up the last couple of days) but as soon as I drank a cup of tea my teeth were back to where they were before. Tea seriously stains the teeth. Think I'll just opt for laser.
     
  17. Organic

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    that usually happens if you already have sensitive teeth, or if you've got a cavity...and if you do have a cavity, the peroxide can cause it to open up...i'd schedule a check-up if i were you.
     
  18. eugenius

    eugenius Well-Known Member

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    Last year, when I smoked and went thru my red-wine phase, I tried the White-Strips, and everybody commented on how white my teeth looked..I, myself, didnt notice anything, but I take oral hygiene very seriously, so Im always looking at my teeth...

    This year, I recently stopped smoking, and not very fond of red-wine, so I tried the BriteSmile whitening pens. You click it until the gel comes out of the attached brush, and you brush it on over your teeth. I do this in the AM & PM after brushing, and with these, I myself notice a definite difference..Hell, even my new boss said "Thats the first thing I noticed about you when you came in for your interview--how white your teeth are." Score!

    But, I guess the most important thing is: who cares how white your teeth are, just so as you have teeth in the first place :flower:
     
  19. lostinemotion

    lostinemotion New Member

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    I had that britesmile pen, to use between meals etc, it did seem to brighten it up after my laser treatment.
    I think Go Smile worked better and you don't have to worry about it getting on gums like the white strips.
     
  20. inAbottle

    inAbottle New Member

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    the regular crest white strips worked so well for me! But I think a little TOO WELL becaue people noticed how super white my teeth were and kept asking me where I got them done so that was somewhat embarrassing.
    but there was a little sting to it when i applied them to my teeth/gums, but I still think it was worth it. AND AFFORDABLE.
     

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