teeth whitening

(49 Posts)
appletarts Mon 08-Apr-13 21:27:34

Has anyone done a teeth whitening home kit? I'm a bit worried because a friend did her's and they look tip-exed. Does anyone have a recommendation please?

babybarrister Tue 09-Apr-13 14:59:51

do the dentists on here have any recommendations for which system to use or which dentist to go to in London?! thanks

MrsMorton Tue 09-Apr-13 15:09:19

Do you have a regular dentist? Are you looking for NHS or private?

babybarrister Tue 09-Apr-13 15:15:02

my dentist is an NHS dentist and rather old fashioned and a definite non-believer in whitening! I am going for a clean this week and am thinking about going private for a whitening at Smile Studio - do you have any thoughts?!

MrsMorton Tue 09-Apr-13 15:20:19

At first glance that looks ok, have you looked him up on the GDC website? I would go for the cheapest option as IMO (and I stand ready to be corrected by another dentist) the ipower type things are just a gimmick and you get the trays anyway. I haven't read anywhere that heating the gel is any faster or longer lasting etc than just gel at body temperature. I think you might get the hard sell but you can stand up for yourself (being a babybarrister wink ).

babybarrister Tue 09-Apr-13 16:18:03

he is certainly a qualified dentist though I shall check he is still registered with the GDC!

MrsMorton Tue 09-Apr-13 16:20:03

I had a look and he is although his website misses out a couple of the things that the GDC say are mandatory, maybe you could point them out to him and get a discount... wink

I have aregular NHS dentist.

At first glance that looks ok, have you looked him up on the GDC website? I would go for the cheapest option as IMO (and I stand ready to be corrected by another dentist) the ipower type things are just a gimmick and you get the trays anyway. I haven't read anywhere that heating the gel is any faster or longer lasting etc than just gel at body temperature.

I completely agree with this. Go for tray whitening from a dentist, don't bother with in surgery power whitening.

BabyBarrister: is the smile studio you are thinking of using Wyman Chan's place? I've seen him give talks on tooth whitening at conferences so I'd say he'd be a good person to go to.

Whiter: where in the country are you? Have you asked your dentist if they do whitening or if they can recommend someone who does?

ATouchOfStuffing Tue 09-Apr-13 16:44:17

For the dentists: I have a retainer made for me (had invisible braces a couple of years ago) - can I use these as the trays with a whitening product? How do you ensure it stays off gums?
Sorry to hijack!

I'm in London. I haven't been to the dentist for a while. Due my annual check up soon and will ask. Just wondering how much it would roughly cost as don't want to ask and look silly if it's completely out of my price range.

Thanks for all the great advice on here smile

ATouch: I doubt it. Whitening trays don't cover the gums and usually have reservoirs in which to put the gel. Either way, you would need to by the gel from a dentist and they would be unethical to sell it to you without checking your trays fit correctly first.

Whiter: I'm not in London but would have thought £200-350. You won't look silly for asking about it and then deciding not to go ahead, whatever the reason.

MrsMorton Tue 09-Apr-13 17:01:54

A nurse of mine tried to use her retainer but because it didn't have any space for the gel, it just squeezed out onto her gums and gave her chemical burns. She got the gel from a friend and it was far too strong...

Whiter, you won't look silly, if they give you a quote that's too much just say, ooh that's more than I wanted to pay but I obviously want to avoid getting it done illegally at Bluewater. You might be surprised at the outcome, especially if you're a regular attender. The practice I worked at where we did bleaching (I don't do it very often now) would give regular good attenders "special offers".

ATouchOfStuffing Tue 09-Apr-13 17:05:30

Eeek. Won't be doing that then! Thanks.

babybarrister Tue 09-Apr-13 17:05:40

yes it is Wyman Chan. seems he is offering discounts in times of austerity ....!

Great thank you all. It's a bit more than I was looking to pay but I'll ask next time I'm there and see what they can offer me.

MostFamousMonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 10:08:09

Just wanted to add that by having your dentist make the trays and applying the gel yourself at home which is what I did, you do have quite a bit of control over the level of whiteness you get. It's gradual and you can see each day how it's progressing. Therefore no Tippex look here!

babySophieRose Wed 10-Apr-13 11:10:33

How much whither you want to go? I am using Janina ultra white toothpaste before bed and Sonicare electric toothbrush with great results, very natural looking white teeth.

Jimhedrick82 Tue 24-Sep-13 09:07:48

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AngieM2 Tue 24-Sep-13 22:00:37

I had mine done about 2.5 yrs ago. Got trays and bleach from dentist. Paid about £100 but that was mate rate as my sister worked there. I've repeated it once since then but really I found it is extremely painful and my teeth are so sensitive that its almost impossible to do. (My friend had the same at another dentist and they gave her her money back as she couldn't complete the treatment)

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 24-Sep-13 23:05:34

I had trays and bleach from a dentist about 13 yrs ago . Like the previous poster I couldn't complete as it was too painful.
I find Whitestrips cause pain as well.
I now have a kit waiting for me to make the impression and send away for the trays - cost about£100 and the gel is supposed to be a weaker % for sensitivity. Keep putting it off though as I'm chicken!

Mummyoftheyear Tue 24-Sep-13 23:15:33

I
Bought the dentist one. They made me trays to fit my mouth. Brilliant and can be used again and again in the future too

I had my teeth whitened at bow lane dental practise in London. I was thrilled with the results and paid for trays to be made that were moulded to my teeth so I could do at-home treatments. All well and good til I had the bright idea to sterilize them in baby's bottle sterilizer. I opened the lid to plastic gloop hmmhmmhmm

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