Teeth Whitening: My Dilemma!

There’s the old stereotype that everyone wants pearly white, perfect teeth…and I’m afraid that I happen to fall right into that stereotype. I have been lucky enough to have naturally straight teeth, but as we know very few people have naturally white teeth. For a little while now, I’ve been debating getting my teeth whitened, especially as I’m pursuing a career in presenting.

When I looked back through my holiday photos from last month, I realised that it is time to do something about my teeth – photos like this one made me realise that they could do with whitening:

Teeth Whitening Chyaz

Ok, so I know that there are so many more important things in life than having white teeth, but it’s been something that has been consistently bothering me in small doses that have now built up to be an annoyance. But here is my dilemma: I have no idea which method to go for, and whether I want to risk my teeth becoming sensitive.

My local dentist offers a treatment for £250 where they take a mould of your teeth and make a gum shield-type system for you. They then provide capsules of the whitening bleach (this word SCARES ME) and you use it at home. This option is mixed for me – on the one hand, I trust my dentist to provide a good service but on the other, I’m worried that the bleach will make my teeth sensitive. So I started to look into other options…

I came across a few different methods, but the only one which really stood out to me (and is available in my area) is the B-Zero Total White system, which I can have done at a local beauty salon. The system claims to be the “only peroxide, chlorine dioxide and bleach free teeth whitening system in the UK”, which obviously appeals to me. They guarantee that your teeth won’t become sensitive afterwards, and it is significantly cheaper than what I could get from my dentist.

But you can see the issues – it is not going to be conducted by a trained dentist (not that the other one would be really, as I do it at home) and the results may be less noticeable due to the lack of bleach. You can see the dilemma here!

So what I would really love is your thoughts and ideas, and if you have had your teeth whitened, what would you recommend? I’d really appreciate any help or advice that you could give me!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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9 Comments

  1. Annie
    September 17, 2012 / 11:10 am

    Have you considered getting a specialist toothpaste instead? Ones for smokers are particularly good at whitening teeth I find 🙂

  2. Hannah
    September 17, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    Try the colgate max white ONE toothpaste. I’ve used it and it whitens your teething one week.

  3. Hannah
    September 17, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Try the colgate max white ONE toothpaste. I’ve used it and it whitens your teeth in one week.

  4. Leanna
    September 17, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    ive used lemone juice and baking soda and it works

  5. September 17, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    I just started using whitening strips (I’m so sorry I don’t know what the brand name is!), and I love them so far! I’ve used them for about 2 weeks, and my teeth already look lighter. They’re really easy to use, and they haven’t made my teeth feel sensitive at all. Maybe they make bleach-free whitening strips? 🙂

  6. Dee
    September 18, 2012 / 1:12 am

    Hey,

    I have nice white (bleached) teeth. I do use the molds you were talking about, more expensive but I`d say definitely wort it! They make the mold and then they give you a bleaching kit to use at home. I will say that if you overdo it it WILL make your teeth more sensitive. I use a bleaching product that is 38%, and I put it in for 30-45 minutes every 3 or so much because that level is very high so you do not need much time. You have to be careful not to overfill them too much because then it can irritate your gums for a day or 2 after. I have been whitening since I was 13, and I`m 20 now, and I would say I do not have sensitive teeth, but I also have very thick tooth enamel, so I`ve been kind of fortunate that way. My father is a dentist, and has his own private practice, and his main advice is to use sparingly, if you overdo it some effects can be irreversible. If you have any more specific questions feel free to contact me! I could even send you a picture of what mine look like if that helps with your decision.

    Cheers!

    Danielle

  7. Silvia
    September 18, 2012 / 12:50 pm

    My dad is a dentist and he had bought me a teeth whitening paste of a sort. I beleive it costed waay under those £250 but it worked, I tried it this summer (I could try to take photos where the differce could be seen). I used it only on my upper front teeth because the others are not that visible when I smile. It’s name is Synergy, you could ask your dentist to tell you more about it (as long as he has some information). The only bad thing was that I had to stay at least 40 minutes with that thing in my mouth and it really shouldn’t be swallowed. A little inconvenience but felt like it should be mentioned.

  8. shay
    September 26, 2012 / 2:22 am

    crest whitestrips work amazingly 🙂 and their affordable but i’m not sure if they have them in the uk because i live in the united states.

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