InTruBeauty: Guest Blog- Teeth Whitening

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Guest Blog- Teeth Whitening

Hello my pretties!  Our very own guest blogger, Lauren, from Married to Music blog, did a blog posting for us on teeth whitening.  Lauren works in a dentist's office, so she has some special insight into this topic.  Previous to reading this post, I didn't know there were so many options for teeth whitening!  I do know that just like a good eyebrow wax, whitening your teeth can make a huge difference in how great you look.  


We hope to hear more from Lauren in the future through her blog posts.  Unlike Jessica and I, Lauren is a light skinned lady with very vibrant, gorgeous, red hair.  While Jessica and I can bring you lots of to-do's and information on how to take care of curly and wavy brown hair, Lauren has all the info on keeping your hair vibrant and delightfully red.  So keep your eyes peeled for more posts from her in the future!


Enjoy!!!



In my day job as an office coordinator in a dental practice, I've learned a few tricks of the trade. I've also worked my way through a few drugstore products, and I'm glad to share my knowledge! Professional teeth whitening is expensive and time-consuming. It takes one appointment at your dentist to take the impression for your custom trays ($200+), then you come back a week later to pick up the trays, and have to buy the expensive whitening gel ($29 a pop at my office) from them every time you want to re-do your teeth. (The gel does expire and can go to waste if you don't use it regularly.)

First off, I cannot stress enough the importance of seeing your dentist for a regular check-up and cleaning every 6 months. Once tartar builds up on your teeth, home brushing cannot remove it, only a cleaning by your hygienist can. The foundation of a beautiful smile is a healthy one :)

(Also, before using at-home whitening products, talk to your dentist. Full disclosure: I am NOT a licensed dentist, hygienist, OR dental assistant.)

1. Crest® 3D White™ Vivid Whitestrips®, $29.99 at Walgreens.com



Probably the best bang for your buck if you don't mind waiting 10 days for the full effect. My teeth were noticeably whiter in 3 days with full results in 10. Crest has other strips that work faster, but they cost $10-15 more. I rather plan ahead for a special occasion and save the cash.

2. 
Walgreens Advanced Whitening Dental Wraps (or similar product under another store's brand), under $20


NOT worth your money. The strips are bulky and made of wax, thus very uncomfortable to wear for the required 30 minutes per day. They don't work as well as Crest.

3. Crest® Whitestrips® Supreme Professional, $55+ at your dentist


This is professional grade whitening in strip form. You can only get them through a dental professional, but the outcome is totally worth it. You can find them online, but beware, they may be selling expired merchandise. You wear the strips for 30 minutes a day for two weeks, but the outcome is comparable to professional gel whitening and at 1/3 the cost.

If you've tried everything and still want professional whitening, go for it. I recommend avoiding chain dental practices and ones that use Groupon or LivingSocial. You may think you are getting a good deal, but one thing you don't want to skimp on is healthcare. Make sure you are going to a reputable practice with good recommendations.

Hope this was helpful! 



Yours in Beauty,
Lauren

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