This may sound crazy, but did you know that Americans spend over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year? That’s a good chunk of money to achieve a different shade of teeth. There are many ‘DIY’ remedies out there to rid yourself of yellow teeth, and maybe some day I will jump on that band-wagon. After all, how hard is to make a paste out of baking soda and lemon juice? I certainly have enough lemons around my house. Let’s face it, I’m chugging down Lemon-Ginger Water at 5 am like clock-work. Think of the money I would save if I put those lemons to more use than detoxing my liver. But for now, I am just going to stick with my old reliable ‘Teeth Whitening Routine’. I visit my dentist every 6 months. For years, the hygienists, along with the dentist, have commented on how many ‘levels’ I have achieved when it comes to whitening my teeth at home … stating they couldn’t get any better results with in-office products. I truly believe it’s a matter of finding the right performers and consistently sticking to your routine. If you commit to a regime, you should achieve the desired brilliance you’re looking for. If I can do it, with being a coffee and wine drinker…. two of the biggest culprits to staining the teeth… then you should be able to.
I whiten my teeth twice weekly, generally Wednesday and Sunday. I do this in the morning while applying make-up and doing my hair.
Here are the products and steps I use for my teeth whitening routine …
1. Brush – When Arm & Hammer came out with their Truly Radiant line of teeth products, I decided to give them a shot. Needless to say, I think they’re great and I have no intentions on going back to the products I was using. All of my girls use the toothpaste and love it, as well. Arm & Hammer recently expanded their ‘Truly Radiant’ toothpaste line. I picked up the Rejuvenating one, and am just as pleased as I am with the original. I see they also have one called Clean & Fresh. I have not tried it, but if you have, let me know what you think.
2. Whitening Boost + Hydrogen Peroxide – On days that I don’t use whitening strips, I follow up my teeth brushing with this step. After brushing with my toothpaste, I squirt a little Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel on my toothbrush and then give it a spray with hydrogen peroxide. Applying pressure, but not too hard, I scrub the front teeth, only. I then proceed to step 4 – mouth rinse.
3. Whitening Strips – I have tried plenty of whitening strips in my day, but nothing compares to the generic ones. You can purchase this 14-day system from Target (Up & Up), Wal-mart (Equate), and if you live in a state that has the store Meijer, they have their own line. Except for the outside box, all inside packaging and the strips are the same with each brand. I love that they are affordable, and unlike the flimsy ones that shift around (sorry Crest), the generic ones actually mold right to your teeth. I leave these on for approximately 30 minutes. If you’re wondering, no, I don’t have sensitivity. I recommend you save your receipt. If you are sensitive to whitening agents, return the products.
4. Rinse – I use the Truly Radiant Whitening & Strengthening Rinse. It tastes pleasant and does the job. I’m very impressed with this whole ‘Truly Radiant’ line.
I’ve tried the old organic/natural route in more products than just toothpaste. It’s not for me. When I use products, I expect performance. If something doesn’t work, I move on. On the other hand, I’m pretty loyal to the products that perform according to their claims and give me the desired features I am looking for. Let me know what some of your favorite whitening tricks are.
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