Brighter & Whiter?
I was wondering if anyone has information on saving money on teeth brightening (bleaching) my dentist told me that she charges $350. I have seen kits to bleach teeth at home for $10-$20. Any feedback from readers would be helpful.
Whiter Teeth and Loving It
I've been bleaching my teeth for 3 years now and love it. I also arranged with my dentist to bleach my husband's teeth as an anniversary gift.
The active ingredient in the home bleaching kits that you can purchase at a dentist's office is Carbomide Peroxide. If you do not have sensitive teeth you can use a higher percentage of Carbomide Peroxide. I have successfully used products such as Nite White and Opalescence F that have a high concentration of 15% Carbomide Peroxide. If there is a sensitivity it only lasts for a couple of days. I am also a heavy sleeper and wearing the mouth tray all night doesn't bother me.
The tray that the dentist makes is relatively cheap. It's the time for the dentist to make a mold from your teeth that costs so much. You can usually find a coupon in a newspaper or call around for quotes. $350 sounds like an awful lot unless you are in N.Y.
I only needed the top arch done so it cost $150, which included a follow-up visit and 4 syringes of bleaching agent. Four syringes alone are about $40 for future bleaching.
I absolutely love having brighter whiter teeth. My confidence has risen and I smile much more.
Results with Over the Counter
I, too, looked longingly at the white teeth of others and wished I could afford to pay the bag of gold...then, my dentist told me I could get good results with the over-the-counter products. Not as good as his, but good.
So I figured the few dollars was worth a try and bought a Rembrandt kit at Wal-Mart. It said to brush thoroughly for 3 to 5 minutes twice a day and use a tube a week for 4 weeks. Well, the 3 to 5 minutes has been pretty hard to do consistently. I'm a 30-second brusher and I'm out the door. But even struggling a little, I have seen GREAT results in less than one month.
It won't lighten any caps or crowns or tooth-colored fillings, and I was worried about that. But I can hardly even notice them...they just seem to blend in. My teeth are not white, but they are not that dull yellow they once were, either. They're whiter and sparkly and really clean-looking and feeling. I love it! And I'm going to keep it up.
User Becomes Sensitive
I tried the $350 method. I hated it. I don't know about the cheaper kits but your reader should know that quite often these whitening treatments make your teeth "sensitive".
After I had paid my money and I then had to deal with the pain from sensitivity. I couldn't even stand to speak because the air hurt my teeth. I asked about this and I was told by one of the hygienist that she tried the treatment but didn't continue because of the same problem. It would have been nice to know about this before I made my decision and paid my money. The other three tubes of whitener are sitting in my closet. I will never use it!
I'm happy with my teeth the way they are and I would really think twice before using the stuff. It also makes your gums sore but that's easier to deal with than the sensitive teeth.
"In Office" Bleaching Expensive
I was a dental assistant for almost twenty years. Our office also offered bleaching. It was a two step procedure; the first was an "in office" bleaching. This sort of gave you a jump-start. The second part was the take home kit. This came to $400, not covered by any insurance company as it is considered cosmetic.
As for the kind you can buy yourself most of them will not give you such great results. And you should use some caution as they can burn the gum tissue. Rembrandt is a good company and has a whitening toothpaste that is pretty good. Check to see if they have a kit for bleaching. They are one of the companies I do trust. Again even with this use carefully, too much will burn.
Rembrandt "Dazzling White" is a Winner
I have extensively done my homework on brightening teeth and the results achieved from Rembrandt "Dazzling White" is phenomenal. The cost is about $10.00 and has a 30 day guarantee...you can't beat it!
My teeth are naturally yellowish. Now they are noticeably whiter and my family notices and now they are going to use the system.
I have been using the system for 60 days and counting. My teeth even stay cleaner longer, feeling smooth as glass with fresh breath! Incidentally, this is how I was introduced to "Dazzling White."
I spoke to a woman in the store who has had costly bleaching treatments and she swore that Rembrandt "Dazzling White" gets teeth as white as the expensive bleaching treatments. I smile more and feel and look more confident!
Whitening Toothpaste Does the Job
My eyeteeth were a deep yellow a couple of years ago when I decided to do something about it. I too felt that I couldn't justify the expense of paying a dental technician, and I read that the home dying kits can be quite harmful on the teeth. So I skeptically tried the whitening toothpaste. I read in Consumer Report magazine that they do work though not as well as the dentist's job.
I have been using Ultrabrite Whitening for a couple of years now, and my teeth are definitely better looking. Though they aren't movie star brilliant, they aren't noticeably yellow either. And contrary to what my dental technician said, the toothpaste isn't really that expensive. One note to remember: It is not really recommended for children, especially young ones. I think it has to do with extended use wearing down the enamel.
First the Dentist and then Wal-Mart
I paid my dentist about $200.00 to have my teeth whitened and here's why. The dentist had an exact mold of my teeth made (called trays) and put me on a program of different levels of whitening.
Over the next month my teeth got whiter and whiter and didn't hurt my teeth at all.
Store brands give you a tray but they are not exact and do not do the job that going to a dentist does. Also, they provide a whitener that might be too harsh for your teeth. Your dentist monitors your progress and takes care of any complaints.
I'm very happy with going to the dentist first and then going to Wal-Mart to get my brightener.
Just my two cents...okay my two hundred dollars that is....
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