I’m going to talk about my experience with whitening my teeth. I’ve always been self-conscious about my smile. For many years, I’ve had braces on my teeth. They did the job, my teeth are straight now. But, wearing my braces for many years, got them to be yellowish. I didn’t like my smile when I wore braces and stopped from fully smiling, you know, with my teeth. I was a little bit disappointed because of this and I wasn’t confident because my teeth were yellow.
For a few years, I tried a few tips from the internet. Of course, the hygiene was very good, I used a drugstore product, I can’t remember the name but it didn’t do anything. Besides this I tried using salt or bicarbonate. In the end I just accepted that some people just have this kind of genetics or it has something with the use of antibiotics in a young age, I’m not sure. Then, I got very busy and I couldn’t function if I didn’t drink at least two coffees a day.
Studying, working, taking care of my children, it was a lot for me. I had to keep my energy up, in order to get everything done. I didn’t smoke, I have never had a cigarette, but I did drink red wine occasionally. Also, I developed another bad habit, drinking a lot of cola. So, my poor teeth got even yellower. I went to visit my parents, I was so happy during that week, I haven’t seen them in so long, so I had the biggest smile. But when I saw the photos, I wasn’t pleased.
Like almost every person nowadays, I hit the internet for information. So, I found Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects – Teeth Whitening Kit 20 Treatments. I didn’t trust this, but I thought that I should try it. I had to go to an event and I wanted to be confident. You know, the best accessory is your smile.
I bought the product. It arrived very fast, no problems. This should be used on natural teeth, because it doesn’t work on porcelain teeth, for example. Of course, you can’t use it if you have braces on. It contained small sheets, that had the strips (enough for 20 days). The ones for the upper teeth were longer and the ones for the lower teeth were shorter. I read the box, it said that I should keep them on for 30 minutes. I was a little afraid not to damage my teeth, because besides the colour, I liked that they were healthy.
So, the first day, I went to the mirror and applied them. They tasted specific, I’m not sure how to describe it, but it wasn’t a bad taste. Got into the shower, did my morning routine and then I got them out. The thing that I have to mention is that I thought that I should swallow my saliva, I wasn’t sure that it’s ok for me, because of the substance on the strips. Like I said, I took them off, throw the stripes in the toilet, spit the saliva out. I cleaned my mouth with warm water. From my experience with this product, you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after using the strips. I believe that the teeth are too sensitive for this.
After a few days, my teeth began to hurt a little. So, I used Sensodyne, my husband uses this toothpaste and it made my teeth feel better. After a week, magic! My teeth got visibly whiter! I was sooo excited. Of course, I was all smiles, just like I wanted. It actually does the job. I didn’t use all 20 days, because, to be honest with you, I got bored. There were days when I was in a rush and I didn’t have time to put them on. Once I got the result I wanted, I wasn’t that involved in the process. I maintained the routine of taking care of my teeth, brushing them, flossing and the mouthwash.
I can say that I am very pleased with the product. At the time that I am writing the review, it has been 2 years since I used the stripes. I haven’t used them since. But my teeth remained white! I went to a dentist last month and she complimented my teeth for being the whitest colour on her chart. I tried not to drink coffee as much as I did in the past, I didn’t want to get them stained and it was bad for my health. It’s bad to drink cola, I reduced the quantity and I use a straw to drink, also, to maintain the white. If I ever feel the need to get my teeth whiter again, I will most definitely use it again.
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