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I recommend Crest whitening strips. They are only on sale in the US (in any pharmacy) so if you know someone who is going ask them to buy them for you; they aren´t expensive and don´t take up much space in their luggage so it´s not too cheeky. I think you can buy them online too, but I´ve never done that.
I use the Colgate Total whitening toothpaste but it´s because I like the flavour; I don´t think it does any actual whitening. Anyone I know who has really white teeth does it with one of those whitening (bleaching) kits.
If its staining then the hygienist will get rid of the staining. To prevent staining i use oral b brilliant shine and a colgate whitening mouthwash.
As you love tea, try yorkshire gold tea bags. They are £5.34 for 160 bags but they are the only tea bags that dont stain my teeth whereas other tea bags make my teeth look a mess after drinking tea for a few days.
If its discolouration thats the problem then the best results are the whitening from the dentist. I have had this done and it was not a pleasant experience! My gums were incredibly sore for a week afterwards and my jaw ached like mad during the 1.5 hours procedure in the dentists chair!
My teeth did look alot whiter, i was told afew times i looked like Simon Cowell!!
Its around 8 years ago when i had it done and im sure it was about £400 - £500
I also had these plastic teeth impressions done which i had to smear whitening stuff on them and wear them for half hour in the morning and half hour at night for about 4 days after the treatment at the dentist but because my gums were so sore the solution used to burn like crazy for the first 10 mins
don't buy anything over the counter in the UK, none of them work because it is illegal to sell anything that does. The babble on the pack carefully dances round this. Only effective legal treatment in the UK is from someone who studied teeth for five years.
yank import stuff does work. Not licensed in the UK. Think about it.
(Some on MN throw a strop at this, but it is your call - silly glowing teeth or no teeth later?)