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09 June 2010 04:38
AndromedaX
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I have always had what you might describe as 'British teeth'.  They're fairly straight, but have a gap at the front etc etc... however, they have also always been rather yellow, which bothers me.  I don't smoke (never have), don't drink red wine or much coffee, and have always taken very good care of my teeth, but they are still not great and I have even had one photographer tell me I 'should stop smoking' because of it, which cheesed me right off!

So anyway... I recently tried a whitening kit from the chemist (Rapid White) which you use twice a day for 2 weeks.  Despite smelling strongly of peroxide, this had absolutely NO effect on the colour of my teeth.  I then tried a stronger one bought from Ebay - again no difference.  I don't want to keep putting bleach on my teeth as no doubt it will damage them!  I also can't afford laser whitening or veneers...

Can anyone recommend a product which really works well? Or am I just doomed to always have yucky yellow teeth?

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09 June 2010 04:57
Tidal_Kitten
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Don't use any of that crap. You realise your water will have a LOT to do with the colour of your teeth. I had (still have a few) flouride marks from the water i drank as a kid in Kenya. The water here is better but only just!

Anyway, if you want whitening that works, you're gonna have to book yourself into the dentist for a teeth whitening appointment.

I had this done when i had a lot of work done to my mouth as a youngen and it was done by my step-sister so i can't really help you with where to go here but i'd imagine the NHS is a start to find dentists then to talk to them and find out pricing etc. As it's cosmetic i doubt it could be gotten for free?
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09 June 2010 05:04
AndromedaX
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Quote from Tidal_Kitten
Don't use any of that crap. You realise your water will have a LOT to do with the colour of your teeth. I had (still have a few) flouride marks from the water i drank as a kid in Kenya. The water here is better but only just! Anyway, if you want whitening that works, you're gonna have to book yourself into the dentist for a teeth whitening appointment. I had this done when i had a lot of work done to my mouth as a youngen and it was done by my step-sister so i can't really help you with where to go here but i'd imagine the NHS is a start to find dentists then to talk to them and find out pricing etc. As it's cosmetic i doubt it could be gotten for free?



Unfortunately I just can't afford any cosmetic dentistry  emoticon 

The water around here is pretty bad though too...
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09 June 2010 05:16
Tidal_Kitten
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Do you use whitening toothpaste?? I used to religiously use Crest whitening but it's from the states so used to buy in bulk in the past. I found Blanx seems to work quite well over time too!

As for the water, do you use a water filter? like the Brita water filters out there and such? Bottled water is a farce (really it is). I don't know it's an option but maybe having a water filter installed for the kitchen tap might help with the water?

Also...do you drink tea or coffee in copious amounts?
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09 June 2010 05:20
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I work as a dental technician and I'm afraid the only safe way is to go to a dentist as the type of bleach used can vary. If you shop around you can find dentists who will offer whitening courses for a reasonable cost but as with any bleaching the effects won't last and you will need to have top up sessions every few months, this can be done at home but you still need to buy the refills needed
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09 June 2010 05:29
AndromedaX
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Quote from Tidal_Kitten
Do you use whitening toothpaste?? I used to religiously use Crest whitening but it's from the states so used to buy in bulk in the past. I found Blanx seems to work quite well over time too!

As for the water, do you use a water filter? like the Brita water filters out there and such? Bottled water is a farce (really it is). I don't know it's an option but maybe having a water filter installed for the kitchen tap might help with the water?

Also...do you drink tea or coffee in copious amounts?



I do use a whitening toothpaste (always), and we use a water filter...  I only have about 1 cup of (white) coffee a day (never drink tea)...
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09 June 2010 05:35
catherinewilliams
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They advertise whitening at my dentist for £250 I think.I suppose that can only remove staining.Some peoples teeth are just more yellow unless you had veneers. Some of my kids second teeth have just grown through more yellow and they don't have tea coffee wine or smoke! have a water filter built into the fridge.
I use pearl drops that helps a bit.
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09 June 2010 10:36
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i use pearl drops at night and then sensodyne pronamel in the mornings because the pearl drops makes my teeth and gums quite sensitive.. i dont smoke, i do drink wine and tea though (obviously not at the same time!) and my teeth dont seem to be yellow, well nobody has told me they are anyway! xx


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09 June 2010 18:01
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I found Arm and Hammer enamel strengthening toothpaste quite good although it tastes a bit funny. It won't make them as white as a tooth whitening procedure but it brightens them a little.
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09 June 2010 18:18
GSC4X
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When I spent four months with our American cousins I was amazed at the whiteness of their teeth......

After 3 months of using Arm and Hammer (with peroxide) a little every other day and I too had some pearly whites after a month or so which for me (tea, coffee, smoking and red wine) was a first ever.  When I returned my family thought I was wearning dentures.......

It's about £4.50 for a standard tube off the internet (including P&P) and used regularly will give amazing whitening results.  To balance that, no idea what the long term effects are (apart from white teeth with continued use).  That said, I am still alive, some might say just!

The stuff tastes awful, does nothing to freshen breath but the results are amazing without spending £000 of pounds. 

Not sure I want to be promoting peroxide, but if it worked on me, it can work on anyone.

Oh, and teeth are supposed to have a yellowish tint.......



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