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yorkshapudding Fri 01-Apr-16 09:06:37

Apologies if this has been done to death but can anyone recommend any at home teeth whitening products that are safe and don't cost an arm and a leg? I know people rave about the Crest whitening strips but the fact that you can't legally buy them in the UK makes me a bit nervous about what might be in them!

I can't afford to have my teeth whitened professionally and don't necessarily want a Hollywood Smile but just for my teeth to look fresher, brighter and a bit less dull.

I have heard good things about the Pearl Drops Every day whitening toothpaste but not sure if this would be enough on its own?

Thanks smile

BrendasGotABaby Fri 01-Apr-16 12:09:36

Crest strips are the only at home product that has worked for me (sorry!).

They have a higher percentage of peroxide in them than the British Dental Association is happy with, basically - so the argument is that they can damage the enamel on your teeth. American dentists are quite happy to recommend them, though, and I know which nation seems to have the better teeth grin

Its a case of weighing up the pros and cons I guess.

I use the Advanced strips twice a year (the ones you wear for 30 mins at a time, rather than the 20 day course). They're not as good as Zoom whitening in a dental surgery, but they are pretty good at lifting your teeth a few shades.

EmGee Fri 01-Apr-16 12:29:50

They won't lighten your teeth. Dentist told me last week. She did say they would look 'brighter' though. She also said going for an annual scale and polish is a safer way to get brighter teeth than home kits (which damage the enamel).

Once upon a time I used Pearl Drops but stopped due to the above information.

You could try Janina whitening toothpaste. I used this for years and my teeth looked good (not sure how much whiter they were in all honesty).

specialsubject Fri 01-Apr-16 13:18:45

some yanks have whiter teeth, but that's not BETTER teeth. Teeth are supposed to be a little yellow. The Tom Cruise leer not only looks stupid but is a sign of wrecked teeth. Or dentures.

there is a reason that the heavy bleaches are banned in the UK except for use by dentists.

Marylou2 Fri 01-Apr-16 14:50:30

Could you ask your dentist to make you some trays? I can't remember how much mine cost but it wasn't too much and they last for ages. Then you can buy Zoom home whitener which is the only product I find that works at home although I'm currently trying Oral B 3D white, you get 2 separate tubes from Boots for @ £7 so a total bargain and it makes a difference. Would also say that an electric toothbrush beats a manual, I like Phillips Sonicare.
Rereading this I'm sure I spend too much money on my teeth.

piddleypower Mon 04-Apr-16 13:56:23

I tried the crest strips - they made my teeth look nice and shiny and clean but didn't actually whiten them.

I bit the bullet and got trays made at the dentist then did ten nights with the bleach they provide. It cost £250 but it definitely worked really well. From the research I did this is the only thing that is really going to bleach your teeth.

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