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#16 Stephvfr400

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:34 PM

Where can you buy the M@c!eans strips from and how much do they cost? I like some of you are going...mmm...$30, can I really afford it, is it worth it (on the other hand $50 for a fake tan trial, and another $50 for the real one...)
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Posted 10 February 2005 - 09:24 PM

Around $40 from supermarkets and pharmacies. I've used about half of mine and found they did work - it is a pain in the bum to use them tho! I will use the rest of them in the next 2 weeks before the wedding. I don't drink tea, coffee or coke and I don't smoke so my teeth weren't that dodgy to start with but I definitely got noticeable results. I used more on my top teeth than bottom ones and i can see the difference (although noone else probably can). You won't get the super white teeth of the model on the packet but you'd look like a freak if you had teeth that white anyway!!
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Posted 16 February 2005 - 01:16 PM

All i can say ladies, is go get the $350 job from the dentist, i have just finished doing mine( with the custom made trays) and it really does work. I'm also getting porcelain veneers for my 4 front teeth so whilst i was bleaching i didnt do my 4 front teeth ( which have old veneers on them that were the same colour as my teeth) and the difference is remarkable!! And i'm a naughty smoker too. Look i know $300-$400 is a lot but i'm sure your'e all paying a photographer more than that and with white teeth, it really does give you more confidence and a reason to smile. So if you can, i say go for it!!!

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 08:58 PM

I just finished dental whitening using Opalescence and am pretty happy with the results. Not super white, but not as yellow as they were before (yuk). Cost $375 and 14 hours (1 hour a night for 2 weeks).

My fiance just started the Zoom take home kit but is not getting as good results as I did. Onto his fourth day and his teeth are getting whiter, just mine was noticabley whiter after one day. He paid $330 for his and has to wear the mouthtray for at least 4 hours a day for 8 days (at least 32 hours).

A cheaper alternative may be Rapid White Brush On Whitening Gel which I just saw on an Infomercial last week. I couldn't find the aussie website but think it was Guthy-Renker selling it. Photos are impressive (but those infomercials always are!) and only cost about $80 for two sticks. Not sure how long a stick lasts, but two sticks is supposed to be enough for two people. Apparently does not contain peroxide like most bleaching products, but instead uses the 'power of oxygen' (like Napisan? tongue.gif) Since its an infomercial product you should be able to try it out for 30 days risk free...?

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 11:45 AM

hey i used the whitening strips and i smoke dont trink tea or coffie but they worked a treat i have only used them for a week and the have lighhtnd 3 shades and so now im onlt 2 shades off the best resolt but i also use the pearl drops and the whitning toothbrush so meh i dont know if its them or what lol!
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Posted 21 March 2005 - 07:38 PM

The only worthwhile way to whiten your teeth is to visit your dentist. Over the counter/supermarket bought whitening products will only remove superficial staining ie if you are a heavy smoker or coffee drinker. However that said they may not even remove those stains.

I had my teeth whitened by my dentist 2 years ago and they are still white. I went to a cosmetic dentist and purchased a laser/take-home bleach combo kit. If you want my advice don't bother with laser whitening. It hurt my teeth and there was no noticeable difference. I was very disappointed to look at my teeth 30 mins later and see no difference. I have heard many other comments of people having this procedure done and being disappointed with the results.

Thankfully I also had the take home custom trays and bleaching gels. The takehome bleaching gave me fantastic results! I also think take-home bleaching is better in the long run as you can purchase additional whitening gel for about $25 per tube to maintain your dazzling white smile.

Two years on I've topped up my bleaching with the ocassional 1 hour home treatment. I buy additional whitening gel from my dentist and use it for an hour every 5 - 6 months.

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 05:23 PM

I saw an ad on tv today of a whitening toothpaste. I think it was WHITEGLOW or something like that. The ad said that 'choice' magazine rated it as number 1.
And as far as I know 'choice' magazine do pretty good trials.

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:39 PM

I too was thinking of getting my teeth whitened for the wedding. Out of curiosity, what is the actual process? Ie, does it bleach what is on top of the enamel, or does it cut through a tiny layer of enamel, or something else entirely? I have no idea...

Also, of the people who used the Dentists' whitening, not chemist/supermarket brands, did it make your teeth sore/sensitive, and if so, how long after the treatment did the sensitivity last?

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:57 PM

QUOTE (SoniaStar @ Mar 30 2005, 11:39 PM)
I too was thinking of getting my teeth whitened for the wedding. Out of curiosity, what is the actual process? Ie, does it bleach what is on top of the enamel, or does it cut through a tiny layer of enamel, or something else entirely? I have no idea...

Also, of the people who used the Dentists' whitening, not chemist/supermarket brands, did it make your teeth sore/sensitive, and if so, how long after the treatment did the sensitivity last?

Thanks biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Tooth whitening coes not change the structure of your teeth at all... Basically it just changes the colour of the stain. Dentist whitening is the only way to go.. the rest is a waste of money and generally damaging on your teeth... eg. Whiteglow is very abrasive and does more damage then good.. all whiteglow does is scratches the surface of your teeth to make them appear shinnier and a littlwe whiter.. like you would do after vanishing timber to give it a shine!

Tooth sensitivity is sometimes experienced but tooth mousse is the best thing for it!!!

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 12:32 AM

Yup!
I'm with Jen!! I was an 20 a day smoker for 8+ years plus I don;t say no to a red wine or a string cup'o'tea!!! But really , have tried he chemist thing and FORGEDABOUTIT!!! Go to the dentist make the trays get the formula it costs about the same as your petticoat will...WHATEVER my teeth even make me stop and wonder!!
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Posted 01 April 2005 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (SoniaStar @ Mar 30 2005, 10:39 PM)
I too was thinking of getting my teeth whitened for the wedding. Out of curiosity, what is the actual process? Ie, does it bleach what is on top of the enamel, or does it cut through a tiny layer of enamel, or something else entirely? I have no idea...

Also, of the people who used the Dentists' whitening, not chemist/supermarket brands, did it make your teeth sore/sensitive, and if so, how long after the treatment did the sensitivity last?

Thanks biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

I actually have no idea how it actually works but can just say that somehow it miraculously changed my discoloured teeth to pearly whites.

They did become a bit sensitive during the at home bleaching but only after bleaching them every night for 5 nights in a row. I just stopped for a day or two and they were fine. The sensitivity disappeared overnight. Everyone's teeth will react differently with some people experiencing more discomfort than others. Generally if they do feel sensitive all you need to do is go slow with the bleaching and alternate days rather than do it a few days in a row.

That reminds me I need to get to my dentist to buy a top up tube of bleach smile.gif



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Posted 02 April 2005 - 08:39 PM

Well I can only hope. I have a false tooth (not the very front ones but one just to the side of it). So I actually have to purposely not brush my teeth the days I am having photos taken, otherwise I have all these normal teeth (ok a little yellow) and then this big brown one. So if I don't brush my teeth at least the fake one doesn't look so bad. I have talked to my detist and he said my only option is to do what I am doing as my false tooth color is unchangeable (without paying heaps for a new one)

If anyone does know of anything that may change the color of my false one even slightly please tell me, than maybe I could just do my fake one and then just normally brush my real teeth
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Posted 02 April 2005 - 09:49 PM

Leonie,

I presume your false tooth is a pontic on a bridge. If this is the case you can not alter the colour or appearance of porcelain. You will need to have another one made.

Have you considered an implant? Its costly but the appearance is so much better.

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 10:00 PM

If the root is viable somehow, there is a new procedure using magnets which produces a better result than a traditional implant.

John lost his 2 front teeth playing hockey a few years ago and only recently decided to try to replace his false plate with implants.

When he went to his dentist however, they found the roots were viable, so recommended he use the new method of having a tiny set of magnets implanted (one glued to his root and one to the top of the false tooth within the plate).

Eventually the magnets would pull against each other and the root would come down. Then they'd attach porcelain crowns to the roots so the natural roots would allow for natural shock absorbtion etc. and be a lot cheaper alternative to the traditional implants.

Anyhoo, nothing to do with teeth whitening anymore, but something to consider if you were wanting a replacement tooth.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 12:05 AM

I have been using Whiteglo for the past 3 weeks .. i am a smoker and coffee drinker ....I have noticed a big difference id say about 2 shades whiter and i use it 3 times a day... it tastes nice and leaves your breath smelling nice too..... I recommend it...mine came in a package with a special toothbrush which i bought from coles for $5.00 (normal price $7.00 - $8.00)




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