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Home teeth whitening tips or tricks?
Very little info in the package.
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Date: 3/7/13 10:11 AM

I have relaxed my stance on the whitening enough to allow a bit for special occasions. I refuse to go to full scale nuclear, glow-in-the-dark white, but want to brighten up a bit.

Was really surprised that the instructions that came with the big brand name pack were so sparse and the website looks uninformative, as well.

So I have a few questions - what happens if you leave them on too long? Are the trays better than the strips? Should I rinse my mouth after I take them off? It feels like I should. Why not brush my teeth first? That was the only tip on the pack. I bought the "gentle" version - is the regular version really harsh? Can I brush my teeth right after I take them off?

Probably a few more questions that I just can't think of right now.

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Date: 3/7/13 10:16 AM

hmmm, I don't have the answers to your questions but I do know when you put them on to make sure they cover as much tooth as possible, right up to the edges or else just the front of the tooth will whiten and the the sides will remain dull.

Perhaps the answers may be on the website.

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Date: 3/7/13 10:50 AM

I used the strips several years ago...I rinsed after taking them off.

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Date: 3/7/13 4:40 PM

My gums were a little sensitive to some of the products that I tried (I have receding gums). For most of the off-the-shelf products, I think they don't want you to brush beforehand because of the sensitivity that can develop. You DO want to brush and remove all of the product when you are done. And yes, some products are more harsh than others (and not necessarily better). My dentist said something about that, but it's been a long while ago and I don't remember why that was.

Now I use hydrogen peroxide a few times a week. Just swish and gargle with hydrogen peroxide for 30 seconds before I brush my teeth - it's a superb whitener! And they're not glow-in-dark white, just a happy white color that looks fresh and super clean. I get lots of compliments on my teeth.

Oh, and don't swallow the HP. It may induce vomiting. I've never swallowed it on purpose, but once had to give it to my dog to induce vomiting (another story altogether). I don't think vets still recommend it for that purpose as there are better methods now, just mentioning it so you don't panic if you swallow some by mistake.

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Date: 3/7/13 5:14 PM

I think I read (somewhere) that the active ingredient in the whitening strips is hydrogen peroxide.

I've used them twice over the years and always rinse after.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:34 PM

I've used Plus White for years. It was actually recommended by my hygenist. It's a gel and tray and works in 5 minutes although you can leave it in/on up to 15 minutes and use multiple times in a day as long as you don't have any tooth sensitivity. It doesn't get my teeth blindingly white even when I use it multiple times in a day.

I drink a lot of coffee and pop and never had a problem with it staining my teeth until after I had braces in my late thirties. After they were removed my teeth started staining horribly!
I use the whitening system and they also have a tooth paste for coffee and tea drinkers that works fabulously on it's own.

The whitening system is relatively easy to find, about half the price of the strips and lasts longer to boot!

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Date: 3/8/13 4:54 PM

Re hydrogen peroxide, it's the active ingredient in the Crest 3D white rinses, which I've used for a year or two now. I really like it and it definitely keeps my teeth a bit whiter without the gum sensitivity that I got with the strips and other mouthwashes.

I recently switched to an electric toothbrush and it's definitely made my teeth whiter too - I think because it makes me brush for the full 2 minutes rather than being lazy like I used to be.

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Date: 3/8/13 5:10 PM

Thanks everyone! This is the sort of thing that is hard to look up online without getting a bunch of advertising. Good to get the straight info as needed. See my nice clean teeth?

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Date: 11/18/13 5:05 PM

You will burn your gum and "roof of mouth" if strips are left in too long....

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Date: 11/18/13 5:15 PM

Sometimes I like to whiten my teeth and I've found Lavoris Whitening Mouth Wash at Dollar Tree. It really works better than many other rinses I've tried...and only costs $1. The bottle is relatively small but more than adequate for what I want to do. Also, I have not had sensitivity from it...and I am a sensitive person.

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