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DEARSUGAR and Stained Stephania need your help. She is looking for the best tooth whitening system around. Since tooth whitening is so popular right now, I thought you might be able to help her out. Who has tried at home products and who has had professional treatments?

I know this one is for the readers to answer, however I have just consulted my dentist who recommends speaking with a professional (this can be done during your cleaning) to assess your smile. Not everyone has teeth that bleaching systems will work on, especially if they your teeth are a grayish or dark yellow color.

Also, it is recommended that you consider some sort of maintenance plan that will up keep the color after the initial brightening process is finished. This only needs to be done every five to eight weeks if you would like the whitening results to last.

Dear Sugar
I am searching for the best tooth whitening system out there. There are so many different options both at the dentist and at home that it's difficult for me to decipher between all of them. I don't have tons of money to spend on this, but I would like to see some serious results if possible.

I was born lacking enamel on some teeth and had braces for almost five years. Since I had the braces, it was hard to get my toothbrush to my teeth, causing my teeth to turn yellow. On top of that, I drink coffee and smoke (although I'm down to just a single cigarette a day).

I am sure you can imagine the toll that all of this has taken on my teeth. Smiling is becoming embarrassing for me, especially when I talk to strangers. I'm in desperate need of some whitening - do you think that you guys could possibly help me out? Stained Stephania

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martinrechards martinrechards 7 years
Teeth are one of the most visible parts of our body. They are constantly on display, and people take great care to make sure that their teeth look as good as possible. the most powerful method teeth whitening method is laser activated bleaching, which you can only get at the dentist's office. This process can turn even the most stained teeth into a dazzler of a smile, but it is expensive and inconvenient. Teeth whiteners do work, and it's just a matter of finding the right for your teeth and your budget.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I use professional Rembrandt and LOVE it!
Cariadlawn Cariadlawn 10 years
I had my teeth whitened with the help of my dentist a few weeks ago. It cost me about $200, which included custom trays that fit perfectly against my teeth and were very comfortable in my mouth. That's one advantage of going professional - those little stickers you can put on your teeth just aren't the same. I had tried Rembrandt trays when I was in college, but they were clunky and awkward - I couldn't talk with them in! I had heard of Zoom, but it can be expensive, and I've heard all sorts of negative things about it (mainly that it's painful!). My teeth are somewhat sensitive, so the doctor recommened Nite White by Discus Dental. It's a gel you put into the custom trays, and you wear them overnight. In addition to whitening, this system is clinically proven to rebuild tooth enamel. I did the system for 3 weeks, which made my teeth two shades whiter and they went from a "grey" to a "cream" color. The kit came with enough gel for me to go much longer, but I had some other work scheduled (they added on to my front teeth to close up a gap). I'm very satisfied with the outcome. If you want to whiten, I would definitely recommend going for it, but I'm really a proponent for working with a dentist.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i've used a few of the over the counter systems (got them at target) and had great success. so much so that when our dentist (a family friend) offered me a free zoom whitening (this is the one they do on extreme makeover) there was no more whitening. don't be to anxious to us eht product for the best results. one of the systems says something like "6 hours to your whitest smile" but mentions on the inside of the package that if you have gum irritation you should hold off on any further whitening for a few days. i would try one of the more popular brands (maybe crest) and use it for the recommended time but at twice the recommended timing (if it says skip one day skip 2) your gums can rest this way. also, avoid any beverages (cola, red wine) or foods (red sauce) that are dark during the bleaching process. teeth get "dry" and will absorb what ever they are exposed to during the bleaching process so drink milk and water for 24 hours after each round, and plenty of it.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
I used Crest White Strips (professional strength I think)and they worked really well for me, although I never smoked and I didn't drink any pop or coffee at the time...I did them about 5 years ago and they still look pretty good. I drink pop and coffee now though, so they're not as white... They did make my teeth pretty sensitive, but only right after the 30 min. application, so I just put up with it until I was done with them.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I use the Rembrant whitening. It has whitened my teeth a few shades. You can buy it at your local grocery for under $30 and it comes with trays. It is the best over the counter I have found. It tends to leave my teeth really sensitive, so I use Crest for sensitive teeth toothpaste for the weeks while I whiten. good luck.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 10 years
i have a blog about my Zoom experience... it was very painful and didn't produce great results. I would do trays at home from the DDS
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Use Whitestrips but dont get the super strong ones. I would recommend the premium. They work well. IF you find that your teeth become sensitive try reducing the the application from twice a day to once a day
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i recommend whitestrips. you can get them at Target or Walgreen's.
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