Wednesday 28 August 2013

My Experience With Teeth Whitening

 I had my teeth whitened at the end of 2012 and I still top up my whitening so I thought I would do a little post about it. I will start off by saying my boyfriend is a dentist so I didn't pay full price and I didn't have much preparation because I kind of just trusted him to do it without talking me through everything. My friend at uni had whitened her teeth and her teeth looked amazing which got me thinking about my own. I had always known they were a little yellow but it never really bothered me until I started going out with a dentist and I became more aware of my smile.

My teeth were not awful before I started whitening them but they were fairly yellow. Now I don't know all the technical details of how a dentist goes about whitening their patients' teeth so I will just talk you through the experience through my eyes. Now there are different ways of whitening teeth but mine was done through trays and bleach. So what happened was a mold was made of my teeth and then through that my trays were made to fit my teeth perfectly. It does happen that the mold won't be totally accurate so it has to be redone several times which takes a while. The mold is made by the dentist putting what feels and looks like blue play-doh in your mouth - which after they have removed leaves you with a really attractive blue beard (until you wash it off). Anyway, so the trays are made and then you use bleach that you put into the trays and you wear the trays at night. There are different strengths for the whitening bleach and mine was strength 10 which I think is the strongest you can get in the UK. Now they aren't super comfortable to wear but you get used to it, the real pain is the next day. You can space it out but I think I whitened my teeth for 14 nights in a row. So the day after you have worn the trays, if you're anything like me then your teeth will be extremely sensitive and the slightest touch of a fabric or squeaky sound will make your teeth feel so sensitive and you'll clench your teeth together... I can't explain how horrible sensitive teeth are unless you've experienced it. From my experience, toothpastes like Sensodyne did not help with the sensitivity in the slightest. However, after a while I noticed that my teeth kind of became immune to the pain and the sensitivity didn't come anymore. Nine months or so on I still occasionally top up the whitening by leaving the trays in for a night or so. When it comes to prices I think it costs around £200-£400 depending on where you go. I would recommend you see a dentist to whiten your teeth rather than get it done at a spa where the people won't necessarily be trained in dealing with certain medical situations or complications that might arise such as an allergic reaction.

All in all, although my teeth went through a lot of discomfort at the beginning, I would say that whitening my teeth was one of the best things I have done. I know that sounds incredibly superficial but I think you feel a lot more confident when you feel like you have a nice smile and you feel good about yourself. I used to never smile with my teeth and now I'm all over that. It also means you can wear orange lipstick more easily!


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  1. I used to use Crest strips to whiten my teeth (they're super popular in the US)... loved the results but I definitely didn't like the sensitivity! Seems like that's just something you have to go through to get them white though. You're lucky to have a dentist boyfriend!

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  2. I've only used whitening gels so far but I want something more potent. It does make my teeth sensitive but it's totally worth it xx

  3. Just discovered your blog! You're so pretty, girl!! I've been meaning to whiten my teeth but am not brave enough to do it. I hate that it costs so much and I'm not sure if the pain/sensitivity will be worth it.

    Ty's Blog of Epiphanies

  4. How useful that your boyfriend could do this for you :)
    I'd definitely want to save up for teeth whitening!
    You have a gorgeous smile - and gorgeous blog! So glad I found it and looking forward to following you now :)
    Keep in touch!
    Andrea xxx

  5. Your teeth look great! It's so good that they made you feel more confident about your smile. & how handy to have a dentist boyfriend! Mine is a human factors analyst, not sure that will ever come in useful hahaa xx

  6. Your teeth look very pretty! I'm thinking about getting mine whitened with led lights or laser and I'm kind of scared about the getting too sensitive. I'm glad to hear you don't regret your experience and that you are more confident now!

  7. Thanks for the interesting read, its always interesting to hear about different peoples experiences when it comes to having their teeth whitened.


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