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Message Board > Miscellaneous > teeth whitening ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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teeth whitening
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Date: 6/30/08 8:32 AM

Just wondering what everyone has had success with whether a product or dentist's procedure. I'm about ready to give something a whirl but i do know i have sensitive teeth so not sure which route is best?

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Date: 6/30/08 10:04 AM

I had custom trays made by my dentist (you haven't lived until you've had your mouth stuffed with plaster) and occasionally use Patterson Dental whitening gel from my dentist. I recommend this gloop highly: it's a very thick gel that stays put in the trays better than other brands I have tried.

I can only keep the gel on my teeth for about an hour - any longer makes a few teeth SUPER sensitive for about a day.

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Date: 6/30/08 12:06 PM

I've also done the custom dentist trays (after asking your same question here myself). I found the custom trays and dentist-strength Rembrandt gel was far superior to anything you can get in the stores. Even the most powerful OTC strips did nothing for me, so that's why I took the financial leap to the professional route.

ETA - I have the sensitivity issue too, I just modify the amount of time I use the trays, as ndesimon said.


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Date: 6/30/08 12:08 PM

Yes, custom trays with Rembrandt. Yes, it works.

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Date: 6/30/08 1:24 PM

so, there are two kinds of Rembrandt??

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Date: 6/30/08 6:07 PM

Yes.
I got a copy off ebay once though, was alot cheaper. A 4 oz old bottle for about $8 instead of tiny vials. Each dentist I went to would charge a different price for the gel, they never knew what to charge me. I would just tell them how much someone else did, using the lowest price of course.
I haven't purchased from the dentist in a long time, but it used to be you had to get it from them. I don't know if you can get it off the shelf or not.
I like it better than crest white strips.

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Date: 6/30/08 11:06 PM

The Rembrandt whitening gel you can buy at the grocery store/Target, etc., is not really the same strength or formula that you get from the dentist.

Rembrandt *was* marketing syringes of whitening gel OTC as "refills" for their trays you get at the dentist, but even those were not the same as the professional-grade ones. (I say "was" because I bought some on clearance a while back, so I'm not sure if they're still selling those.)

As for other OTC products, I really like the Rembrandt Plus toothpaste and Crest Whitening Rinse. I still don't have *white* teeth because I've never really had very white teeth even as a kid, but I've found these to make a bit of a difference; I use them as whitening maintenance.

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Date: 6/30/08 11:09 PM

Thanks! So, the next question begs to be asked. If you are looking at an eBay auction for the stuff how can you tell whether the product is professional grade or drug store grade? And, is it safe to just go the ebay route and bypass the dentist all together?

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Date: 6/30/08 11:31 PM

I did buy some Rembrandt gel syringes off Ebay once, but they turned out to be a little different formula from the original ones I got from my dentist. They were still the pro-strength, but they weren't Rembrandt's *latest* formula and the active whitening ingredient was different. They were still okay, but I just haven't bought any since.

I read somewhere that you should make sure the expiration date is still good if you get it from somewhere other than the dentist; it makes a difference whether it will work or not, not that it will necessarily hurt you, as far as I know!

It really seems to make a difference, though, that you have those custom made trays so the gel can only contact your teeth. It's important to keep the gel off your gums because it can chemically burn them. I've had the gel burn my gums slightly, and it's not a big deal -goes away in a day- but if your just doing it on your own it's something you should be aware of.

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Date: 6/30/08 11:33 PM

I've had just as good success with whitening rinses as I had with the trays and gel I got from the dentist. I get the Target brand rinse. It's the same active ingredients as the Crest rinse and it's extremely affordable.

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