have you ever used a product to whiten your teeth?

United States
March 23, 2009 1:41pm CST
If so what was the best one that you used... I use whitening tooth paste, I have used the gels... and I am considering the crest strips...but I havent had the best of luck with the stuff I have already used...not that my teeth are that bad, but I think they could be better for sure... what have you used and did it work? ... and how long does it work for...did you have to repeat it over and over through the years??
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@gtdonna (1740)
26 Mar 09
I have tried Crest, but it didn't work as many people in this discussion seems to be saying. What I have found useful is a toothpaste called Blanx that is made in Italy from Artic moss. It is very effective and good
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I have never heard of that, it must be only available in italy.. that is great that you found something that works for you. thanks for the response.
@gtdonna (1740)
27 Mar 09
No it is available in USA too , search for Benefit your life of blanxusa website for mroe information. It is also on Amazon
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• United States
27 Mar 09
oh thanks...I will check it out.
• United States
23 Mar 09
i just got a sample of those white strips plus a $10 coupon from walmart.com. i haven't tried them yet. i used whitening toothpaste and didn't notice a difference. i could never use that gel that comes with the apparatus that you sleep with, i have a bad gag reflex. i read that regular peroxide mixed with baking soda works as well if not better than anything you can buy. unfortunately being a smoker and not a heavy one and a coffee drinker, i doubt anything will work on me.
• United States
23 Mar 09
have you tried that??...because I would be willing to try that... I havent heard of it...but I think I will do that tomorrow morning just to see!! thanks for the response!!
• United States
23 Mar 09
it doesn't taste good but all you do is make a paste out of it. it does work. and it is cheap, i mean peroxide costs like a dollar a bottle and baking soda is less than that. it goes a long way. good luck, let me know what you think
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• United States
23 Mar 09
I will, I am going to do that tomorrow and give it a try. thanks!!
• Philippines
24 Mar 09
I have used whitening toothpastes, colgate plaque, and baking soda. They have not really made my teeth white as i think my teeth is really sporting a yellowish enamel, but it made me feel cleaner. You might want to try going to the dentist to have a whitening treatment. However, I am concerned that it may change the strength of my teeth. Good day!
• United States
26 Mar 09
oh I am very concerned about the strength and the sensitivity of them too. thanks for the response.
• Singapore
26 Mar 09
I don't think there is much we can do. Turning yellow... that's something inevitable that comes with age.
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@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
24 May 09
I used some teeth whitening strips once. They were terrible, they totally stuck to my teeth and took forever to get off.
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• United States
28 May 09
I have heard good and bad things about the strips... but I dont know if I will use them personally as my gums are very sensitive... so i was looking for an alternative... right now I am still using the whitening toothpaste and rinsing with peroxide... taste bad but the toothpaste helps....LOL thanks for the response and happy mylotting.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
27 Mar 09
I have not used them because my dentist had told me that they can weaken your teeth if you over use them. Not that I would plan on becoming "addicted" to them but I have heard of people who use the strips everyday! My teeth are very sensitive and I heard that can be a, so called, side effect of whitening products.
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I have heard of that too and I am going to be careful, I wouldnt over do it either ... I am going to try some of the things that people have brought up here. thanks for the response.
• Singapore
26 Mar 09
Hi bookreadermom08, I haven't really bought any product specifically to whiten my teeth that costs a significant bit. What I have done is to use those toothpastes that claim to have whitening capability. They cost the same as normal toothpastes so I just buy them and use them alternatively with the normal ones. Cheers!
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I pretty much have done the same thing... I did buy the gels that were on sale a few years back but I didnt like them or I dont think they worked either... thanks for the response.
• Philippines
26 Mar 09
Hey there! Yeah, I used whitening product to whiten my teeth. I used whitening tooth paste and I'm happy with the result it gave me. I use that tooth paste everyday for more than two months before I finally see good results. It really whitens your teeth. Now I'm not using it anymore. I just use regular tooth paste. What's more important to me now is taking good care of my teeth. Have a nice day. Happy posting!!
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• United States
27 Mar 09
Yes, we have to have healthy teeth or the white teeth just wouldnt be as important. thanks for the response.
@tjburcham (690)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I have tried the crest strip, I didn't use them long enough to tell a difference. I think they would have worked if I had actually used them. I just tried one or two to see what they was like. Seems like a cheaper home remedy would work just as good.
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I know they can be pricey,that is why I asked around here to see what everyone else have tried... I have gotten some great answers... thanks for responding.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I use whitening toothpaste everyday but once in a while I use the crest whitening strips. They work but you have to be very careful. I used it for about a week and my teeth started to hurt so now I just use it every now and then to keep my teeth white and you can tell the difference with just one use. One box last me a really long time and if you watch in the newspaper sometimes they come out with coupons for up to $10 off and walgreens or CVS have them on sale sometimes. In fact at CVS on 3/29 there is will be a sale on crest advanced seal inside the package is a 7.00 coupon but you may want to ask your store before tearing open packages. Good luck.
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• United States
27 Mar 09
oh that is so cool, and I just mentioned that I was going to look for a coupon...how funny!! I will check it out at CVS...thanks!! thanks for responding.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I have used Crest White strips. They work fine enough for the price. No I haven't repeated. I will probably go the dentist route next time. Or just cut back on the coffee.
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• United States
27 Mar 09
I am surprised to see how many have used the crest strips but pretty much everyone that has used them said it worked for them... that is pretty good odds....I am going to look for a coupon if they have one. thanks for the response.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
25 Mar 09
No I have not. I thought about it once but my dentist told me that they were bad for my teeth. He said they removed the enamel and that damaged the teeth and made it easier for decay to set in and destroy the teeth. He also said that teeth are not supposed to be white, their natural colour is cream. I used to smoke and I drink coffee but I am not prepared to risk the health of my teeth to make them look white. I know how hard it can be when there are no natural teeth for chewing and I am trying to keep mine for as long as I can.
• United States
26 Mar 09
no...I agree, healthy teeth are much more important!! thanks for the response.
@csrobins (1125)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I have used the crest gel strips and they worked pretty well. I was impressed. But they are kind of pricey for whitening that doesn't last unless you keep doing it. I now use whitening mouth wash every night and need to get the toothpaste. I have also cut back on coffee and things that can stain my teeth. I think it's different for everyone because my sister used the same crest strips and they did not work for her. In fact, she found out her lips were badly allergic to them
• United States
26 Mar 09
oh my gosh I never thought about having an allergic reaction to the strips, oh that could be bad....so sorry for your sister. thanks for the information and responding.
• United States
25 Mar 09
I have but I don't think any of them are worth what you have to pay.
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• United States
26 Mar 09
that is what I am thinking too... thanks for the response.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I tried the Crest Strips. They did make my teeth whiter, but they're expensive and a bother, so I don't use them anymore.
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• United States
26 Mar 09
I think they are very expensive too... that is why I was wondering what other products there was out there. thanks for the response.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
24 Mar 09
I've used whitening tooth pastes, and gels, and I've even used the crest strips, and the best one that worked were the strips, they do work, I only used one box of them but I could tell that my teeth were whiter, but I think for it to last you probably need to use more than one box. After one box I quit using them they can get expensive. My dental hygienist told me that the dentist she worked for before always had really white teeth, she asked her what she used to whiten her teeth, and she told her she rinses with peroxide everyday, and that she's done it for years, you just have to get used to the taste of it, she said it works for her. I haven't tried it yet, I don't know if I could get past the peroxide taste..
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• United States
26 Mar 09
I have used peroxide toothpaste, but never peroxide, and a couple others have mentioned that too...I may have to try that. thanks for the response.
@chimrani (1430)
• India
24 Mar 09
when iam 16 years old my teeth are yellow in color due to poverty but as we recovered from poverty i used a amway product which cost me Rs.110 rupees but of no use and the dentist helped me. So,no product can whiten you teeth but a dentist can do
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• United States
26 Mar 09
also the dentist is the proper way to do so, and safer. thanks for the response.
@natalusiQ (118)
• Slovak Republic
24 Mar 09
i tried clean my teeth with sodium bicarbonate for whitening it..but i´m not sure it´s better now :/ i think have to visit my dentist if i want to have really white teeth..i think it´s not possible by paste or gel...unluckily :/
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• United States
26 Mar 09
this is true, I think they are a waste of money. thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Mar 09
I have never used a product for my teeth because I don't have to. Not to brag but I have pearly whites naturally I don't drink coffee and I don't smoke. I have always loved to brush my teeth since I was a tiny tot and now I don't have a problem with my teeth being off white so I probably shouldn't have commented on this discussion but I had to sorry..........Great Day!
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• United States
26 Mar 09
no I am glad that you did....that is so great, and I think some people do just have naturally white teeth. good for you!! thanks for responding.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
24 Mar 09
All that stuff has peroxide and if you used hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash, twice per day, it would help keep teeth white. But whitening them too much actually weakens the teeth and causes other problems. We were NOT meant to have pure white teeth. It is not natural.
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• United States
26 Mar 09
No it isnt, and yes healthy teeth is more important. I have used the peroxicare toothpaste, but never just peroxide... thank you for responding.
• Philippines
24 Mar 09
The toothpaste I always use claims that it produces whitening effects. I've been using it for several years now and I don't really think it's effective.
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• United States
26 Mar 09
LOL, I think it is the same way with me... I am going to try new products I think but I have to cautious at what I use too, dont want to ruin my teeth either...LOL thanks for responding.