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curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 20:02:54

I'm feeling really down about how yellow my teeth are (not helped by a snide comment from my mother), and I've tried to improve them in the last few months - whitening toothpaste and a new electric toothbrush - but I've found the only way to hide it is to keep my mouth closed when I smile. I hate it. The whitening treatments at both dentists in my town are too far out of my reach - around the £450 mark. I've avoided those places that offer really cheap whitening as I've heard that they're a bit dodgy, and not done by actual dentists. But I've just found one on Groupon for £79 (instead of £399) for LED whitening, which 'appears' to be carried out by dentists. I'm really tempted to have it done, but worried that it's dodgy - why such a massive discount? Am I being really naïve to think that it's ok?

specialsubject Fri 28-Mar-14 21:00:52

whitening toothpaste does nothing.

whitening that does something can destroy teeth. You'd do better ignoring your mother, real teeth do have a slight yellow tinge.

vix1980 Fri 28-Mar-14 21:31:23

which electric toothbrush have you got?

I used to have the same problem but was using a cheapy one from boots, awhen it broke I decided to get a better one, so i got a sonicare from ebay new, i couldnt afford a brand new one in boots but on ebay there usually cheaper and still new in the box, think it was around £45. honestly i didnt think it would do anything different, certainly didnt buy it for that reason just needed a new toothbrush but it has made such a difference to the colour of my teeth.

Im a massive tea drinker so teeth were yellowy but after a good 3 minute brush with this they are a few shades lighter, and thats just using regular colgate, nothing fancy. Ive heard the toothpaste (think its colgate) its called gel strips, apparently that is a good stain remover and took my cousins brace stains off her teeth when nothing else would.

Id try this first before splashing out loads of money!

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 21:57:37

I have a Sonicare one too from Boots.

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 21:57:37

I have a Sonicare one too from Boots.

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 21:57:38

I have a Sonicare one too from Boots.

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 22:02:04

No idea what happened there!
As I was saying, I have a Sonicare one too - been using it for about 3 weeks and they look no whiter. Is that too soon? I do drink tea and coffee, so that obviously doesn't help, but they are really yellow. I know that it's normal to have slightly off-white teeth, but mine are not a good look! I will look up the gel strips though, thanks.

Oil pulling!

goodasitgets Fri 28-Mar-14 22:06:13

Is it staining or the colour?
I know toothpastes aren't meant to have an effect but white glo smokers one has visibly removed a vast amount of staining on mine and they appear whiter
I usually have staining removed by the hygienist and I've actually cancelled the appointment because it's shifted so much

evelynj Fri 28-Mar-14 22:23:04

My dentist was offering a bleaching kit that you do at home after he does impressions for £180 today or just £90 for top row. After initially telling him these no point polishing a turd I'm considering it now.....

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Fri 28-Mar-14 23:14:42

It's just the colour goodasitgets - no stains as such.
Am mystified at oil pulling... <goes off to google>

Ijustworemytrenchcoat Sat 29-Mar-14 00:16:57

Does anyone know what brand of toothbrush curlinthemiddleofmyforehead has? grin

curl oil pulling for one week at 20 minutes a day got my teeth whiter than they have been in ages. I'm an ex-smoker and regular coffee/tea drinker. They felt super clean, too.

I wish I'd kept up with it but 20 minutes a day gets a bit tedious after awhile. Make sure to buy a cold-pressed good quality coconut oil if you try it!

I think she said Oral B, iwore! grin

vonessar Sat 29-Mar-14 06:54:14

Agree, whitening toothpaste doesn't do a thing. I don't recall the name of the product but it was something where you put plastic molds on your teeth for the day, I did it a few times briefly and it did help... Sorry for the lack of specifics.

curlinthemiddleofmyforehead Sat 29-Mar-14 13:32:47

grin

Doesn't swigging oil around for 20 minutes make you gag?! I do use it on my skin already. I'll give it a try in the morning - sounds grim but then I am feeling desperate...

'Tis weird at first but you get used to it. Mind over matter and all that, especially when I was getting compliments after a week!

The oil in my mouth wasn't as bad as trying to break the habit of needing wanting a big fat mug of coffee first thing rather than swishing with oil for 20 minutes first. I'm not a very great stick-to-iter.

FrankCarsonsDressingRoom Sun 30-Mar-14 09:05:44

Ok,I had the same problem.

Get scale n polish.
Buy a sonicare. Use.
Buy tube of blanx. Use.
Buy raspberry stain remover stuff that dentists use (amazon £8). That's a once a month job.

I also cut out red wine. Tea, coffee
And brush teeth after every meal.
Oil pulling

My teeth look v v shiny now and much whiter. But they will always be slightly darker than ivory because real teeth are. And who wants bright teeth anyway?

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 30-Mar-14 09:09:23

Crest white strips are very good I've found

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 30-Mar-14 09:11:05

I got some from here

Lottapianos Sun 30-Mar-14 10:59:38

Arm and Hammer Advance White Max Booster does work. You use it with any regular toothpaste. Its about £4 in Boots or similar.

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