I had been thinking for a while about teeth whitening.

I had wanted to try, because because because… Well, let’s just say I like red wine, tea, coffee, and sometimes a cigarette… And that after a while, it shows.
But I was totally paranoid about it.

I was afraid it would hurt (I’ve heard it can be very, very painful), afraid it might ruin my teeth, which are super fragile and finally afraid of ending up with something too white, Tom Cruise type teeth.

Obviously, big worrier that I am, I never imagined doing it anywhere other than with a specialist. There was no way I was going to do it at home. I wanted to make sure my teeth were in very good hands.

Even so, people had been telling me about whitening strips for some time – the little strips you buy at the pharmacy and leave on your teeth for 5 minutes to an hour depending on the level of whitening you choose. My sister, who has good, solid teeth, asked me to bring some back for her (apparently, they aren’t sold in France) and she really liked them and thought they were super effective.

So I decided to talk to my dentist about them. He told me there was no risk involved and that they were worth a try – so I finally decided to go for it.

And that’s what I did this summer. I bought them from Crest, doing the least intense treatment – I put the strips on for 5 minutes per day right before going to bed. I also decided to drink my coffee with a straw while I was doing the treatment – that wasn’t written anywhere, but I figured a little extra enthusiasm couldn’t hurt.

Feedback:

Sensation, pain?
Zero, other than the fact that the taste isn’t pleasant – a little like bleach, but it doesn’t last long. It didn’t hurt at all.

Application?
Super easy. You get the hang of it really fast. I put them on before brushing my teeth, because it says you can’t do it after.

Results?
For the first week, I didn’t notice much of a difference. I was about to stop when I started to notice a slight improvement. By the end of the second week, I could really see a difference, even though it was subtle. By the end of the month, I was happy. I didn’t have teeth the color of a porcelain sink, but that wasn’t my goal. They were just a little brighter and natural looking, exactly like I wanted.

So there you go!!! I don’t know if they are available in your country, but I think whitening strips are a perfect solution when you don’t want to go through the more intense treatment or if you’re not looking to get extra white teeth.

What do you think? Have you ever tried whitening? Did you get good results?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.