As a smoker my teeth went from being bright white to dingy yellow which bothered me everyday I looked in the mirror. After I quit smoking I noticed my teeth started to look better but it wasn’t happening as fact as I wanted it to happen. I then search for different ways that I could whiten my teeth, the choices were simple between whitening gel, whitening strips or tooth whitening toothpaste. After making my decision I used each of them for a certain period to time to see which was best for me in my situation.
The gel I purchased promised to whiten my teeth by simply applying the bleaching gel to my toothpaste during my brushing. The gel tasted a bit weird but I continued to use it over the course of a week. Now it promised to rid my surface stains in one week but unfortunately disappointed me through my use. My teeth looked the same and did not brighten or even rid my teeth of surface stains. For the $30 I paid for the kit I was a bit frustrated with also losing out on money for the gel. I waited probably a week before I tried anything else just so I can see if the stains would improve but nothing happened later.
The strips are needed to be placed on your teeth to help activate the whitening process but they were uncomfortable for me. The strips continually slipped from off my teeth and I had a hard time talking or using my mouth with the strips. I was under the impression that they would stay fitted to my mouth like a guard but I was sadly mistaken. As for results I didn’t give the product much a chance because I couldn’t keep the strips in my mouth long enough to have any type of effect.
The whitening toothpaste worked best for me with it easy use and flavoring incorporated in the toothpaste. When I used the toothpaste I did not have to remind myself that this was whitening toothpaste for it tasted just like regular toothpaste. I also got results in less than a week that had removed surface stains that were on my teeth for months. After seeing results I continued to use the toothpaste as my regular toothpaste without any any extra equipment.
Sanford L.Barr, DDS & Marianne Diachenko, DDS
25 E. Washington St, # 302
Chicago, IL 60602