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#16 cocobean

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 01:43 PM

QUOTE(allure @ May 12 2007, 01:14 PM) View Post

I went back to the dentist in tears and he confirmed my teeth were just stubborn and it would take longer. It took me two weeks before I saw a difference and three weeks before I was happy with the results. All in all I went through 10 syringes!!!

Each of my syringes last about 4 - 5 applications so if yours are lasting 10 perhaps you're using it too sparingly and it isn't covering your entire tooth resulting in blotchiness.

Did you dentist show you how much to use?


Yes... just a little bit, and there's a picture in the brochure as well of how much to use, but I don't feel that I am using enough, so I will try using some more tomorrow. Yesterday when I did it it squelched up over my gums so I think I used too much then. There must be an art to it!

The white patches had faded heaps this morning, so I'm not too worried about them any more. But I've done the second day of three days, and can only see a tiny difference in the overall colour of my teeth. So I think I am going to have to use it for quite a bit longer than the 3 days! You've given me hope Allure, your teeth look lovely and white in your photos!

BTW, teeth and gums are sooo sore! The things we do for beauty tongue.gif

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE(CocoBeans @ May 12 2007, 01:43 PM) View Post

Yesterday when I did it it squelched up over my gums so I think I used too much then. There must be an art to it!



Ahhh yes that fine balance between just the right amount and leakage! That happened to me a few times and I just wiped my gums with a tissue. When you put your mold in check your teeth to see that the gel is covering each tooth evenly.

Better more gel and wipe it up rather than not enough.

If your gums and teeth start to ache take a break and bleach your teeth every second day.

All this teeth bleaching talks makes me want to put mine in but I'll be drinking red wine tonight so best I don't. Pink teeth are not a good look laugh.gif

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 02:51 PM

Thanks hun, you've calmed me down a lot biggrin.gif

Thank goodness I decided to do this with plenty of time till the wedding!

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 04:09 PM

Agree that it will catch up, I freaked when my teeth went like that too after my first few applications.. but then they went just right! smile.gif

Good luck, look forward to seeing the end result!

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 06:51 PM

Ive been looking into teeth whitening. No idea what i want to get done. But good to know of other peoples experiences. Are you still using a toothpaster with fluoride? might be helpful to get one without it so you dont continue having problems.
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#21 cocobean

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 08:32 PM

QUOTE(kisma @ May 12 2007, 06:51 PM) View Post

Ive been looking into teeth whitening. No idea what i want to get done. But good to know of other peoples experiences. Are you still using a toothpaster with fluoride? might be helpful to get one without it so you dont continue having problems.


I think the damage is done when you are really little, while the teeth are still forming. They haven't gotten any worst over the years! I am not an advocate for fluoride in drinking water biggrin.gif

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:58 PM

indirectly related to the discussion here, I found the Listerine Whitening mouth wash is great, strongly recommend wink.gif

#23 cocobean

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:14 PM

Here's an update, I've just finished Day 3 which is all you are supposed to need, and I can only see maybe one shade of difference if I look hard. What do you think?

Before:
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Day 2:
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Day 3:

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(Yes its bleached my gum, ow!)

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:17 PM

QUOTE(CocoBeans @ May 12 2007, 08:32 PM) View Post

I am not an advocate for fluoride in drinking water biggrin.gif

Actually it's usually from swallowing tooth paste as a child. That's why there's special children's toothpastes.

Here's some information from the Raising Children network which explains it smile.gif
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Children under 2 years of age

* Fluoride toothpaste is not recommended for children under two years of age.
* Generally young children receive enough fluoride to benefit their teeth through food and water.
* From birth to two years of age the permanent front teeth are developing and if children swallow fluoride toothpaste they may get white flecks on their permanent adult teeth.
* To avoid this, fluoride toothpaste should not be used when brushing teeth and should be kept out of children's reach.
* However, if you live in an area which does not have fluoridated water, you could start using a low fluoride toothpaste when your child is about 18 months old, if your dental professional advises you to do this.

Children 2-6 years of age

* Low fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children 2-6 years to prevent dental disease.
* Research shows that children 2-6 years swallow a lot of toothpaste when brushing their teeth. Therefore, it is recommended that they use a low-fluoride toothpaste such as Colegate my first toothpaste**, Macleans milkteeth** or Oral B children's toothpaste**.
* Use a smear of low-fluoride toothpaste twice a day, in the morning and last thing before bed at night.
* Toothpaste tubes should be kept out of children's reach and toothpaste put on the brush by an adult to avoid accidental swallowing of large amounts.



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Posted 13 May 2007 - 01:31 PM

Interesting, I was always told by dentists that it was due to the high levels of fluoride in the drinking water in New Zealand. There is still a lot of debate as to whether its caused by too much toothpaste, or the drinking water... I've done a bit of research on it, and different people say different things.

But whichever way, it sucks! Its ruined my teeth, they are never going to look normal unless I spend a lot of money on them to get veneers put on. I really wish I could afford it because I really hate them sad.gif

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:12 PM

I would really love to see a photo, reasonably close up with you doing a normal "photo" smile, so we can see how much you see, i have the suspicion that they will show off just the right bits!

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:27 PM

Hi Coco, with the pain/soreness, I found using a sensitive tooth toothpaste REALLY helped me... I usually use it for about a week before another application... smile.gif

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 03:38 PM

Try Sensodyne. Hubby put me on that when I got sensitivity while having mine done - it worked a treat biggrin.gif

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 04:01 PM

I already use sensodyne everyday lol. I guess they would be more sore if I didn't!

Your right Jenni, overall they look white when I smile, but I am a bit obsessed at the moment, lol. I just feel that since I spent so much money I should really be able to notice the difference, but I guess I might have to be patient and do it more than the reccomended 3 days.

I'm all tired and yucky at the moment, so I won't take a photo. But I'll post a normal photo smile soon so you can see how they look biggrin.gif

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:20 PM

I've got an update!

I went and saw my dentist today, and she was very disappointed with the results. She has given me a different brand of whitening gel now - I was using a new Colgate one, and she's given me Opalesence instead. She said the Colgate one is brand new, and only a few patients have used it, so they don't know what kind of results it gives. I really hope its the brand and not my teeth!

She also gave me some tooth mousse which will help with the sensitivity and should also even out the white patches. She showed me a picture of someones teeth very similar to mine before whitening and tooth mousse, and after. And they looked great! I really hope it works this time...

Fingers crossed




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