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Just been to the dentist to have a much needed checkup and hygienist appointment. My teeth needed a good clean and you can really see the difference. I got on to the subject on teeth whitening, now I am not that vain but it would be nice to have whiter teeth. Looks like it will cost me £350 at the dentist----

 

So has anyone done it, is it worth it. Should I steer clear of eBay DIY jobs? My teeth are in good shape but wouldn't mind a bit of cosmetics!!

 

 

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I've had the kit from the dentists, and a kit from Boots.

The former was about £250 and the latter about £30.

They both involve fitting a rubberised mould, like a "bit" between your teeth, with the chemical spread on the underside, and leaving it there for a short time each day.

The only difference was that the kit from the dentist came with a mould that had been made for my teeth so as to fit perfectly.

In this respect it might achieve a slightly better fit and got slightly better results.

But if I did it again I'd save the money and get the kit from Boots, both achieved similar results.

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Couple of people I know that whiten their teeth, and it looks weird. Teeth were never meant to be that white at a distance. And up close, it looks uneven i.e. really white patches, with yellowing streaks showing through. A bit like something painted with runny paint.  One lady's teeth particularly fascinate as they not only look like the previous description, but the biting edge is really yellow looking in comparison to the much white front facing parts. 

They are both smokers though so perhaps that makes a difference. 

I use a good electric toothbrush, and while it doesn't get rid of all of the stains in the recesses, the result is much more natural looking in my view. 

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Daughter when her adult set of teeth came through were very discoloured, with yellow patches.  Dentist put it down to something like antibiotics affecting the enamel as the teeth formed, or it might have been too much chlorine. Didn't really know.

anyhow, referred to the Whitechapel dental hospital where she went for a series of threatment. They look good.  Not bright white, but have evened the colour. 

The specialist at the hospital did say that care is needed as it does weaken the enamel. I would not do it just to have whiter teeth and would not go diy 

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I have some staining in between a few of my front teeth, the dentists' description of which is "gone intrinsic" e.g. it cannot be cleaned away. Getting rid of that involves drilling out the stained bit and filling it back in again. I mean to get this done at some point.

The whitening kit won't sort that and if anything may make the staining more pronounced by comparison to the surfaces around it.

If you already have fillings in the front teeth which aren't normally visible because they're quite well colour-matched, the danger is that they will be more visible after whitening. Or at least, the edges of them may be visible as a line, per SSC's post above.

The kits I had gave a natural looking finish. I forget now but I think my teeth are "A3" on the whiteness scale - about average.

Using it obsessively again or again, or having something much more potent which I'm guessing cosmetic dentists might use on celebrities to get quick results, might give an unnatural look which I'm not a fan of, it just looks really weird - there's someone on TV, might be called Ryland, from that Chelsea programme, who has incredibly white teeth that look really strange.

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8 minutes ago, One-percent said:

Daughter when her adult set of teeth came through were very discoloured, with yellow patches.  Dentist put it down to something like antibiotics affecting the enamel as the teeth formed, or it might have been too much chlorine. Didn't really know.

anyhow, referred to the Whitechapel dental hospital where she went for a series of threatment. They look good.  Not bright white, but have evened the colour. 

The specialist at the hospital did say that care is needed as it does weaken the enamel. I would not do it just to have whiter teeth and would not go diy 

actually fluoride can do that.I think it's called mottling

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3 minutes ago, oracle said:

actually fluoride can do that.I think it's called mottling

Could well have been one of the possible causes. The teeth were very mottled and patchy

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Nothing wrong with the carbamide peroxide kits you can buy online. Basically just breaks down to hydrogen peroxide (bleach), which acts exactly as you'd expect. Pretty much the same stuff that dentists use. Just don't swallow the stuff!

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Teeth are interesting, colour wise.  If you ask people what colour they are most will say 'white' but if you actually look at normal teeth they're a light creamy brown colour (usually)

People who want whitening tend to have a self-perception of white teeth which they test using paper (and other white stuff) to 'prove' that their teeth need whitening.  People who get teeth whitened seem to ask for something very white, even when advised that 'normal' isn't that white.

But if you actually ask a 'man in the street' what looks most normal, they'll choose the light creamy brown colour every time and usually consider white teeth to look odd.

IMO teeth whitening isn't really useful for most people and gives unnatural looking results.

However, it can be a useful cosmetic procedure for people who have badly mottled teeth (as I understand it, resulting from high levels of fluoride exposure when very young).  But, even then, the mottled teeth probably don't look as bad as the afflicted person thinks they do.

It is probably a bit like boob-jobs and other cosmetic surgery -- the people who think they need it probably would be better without (with the proviso that it might be necessary in some developmental or disease cases)

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One of the mums of the playgroup that my children went to was drop dead gorgeous to the point of being incredibly self obsessed (but still a nice person with it). She went on to have her teeth straightened which kind of didn't look normal and then whitened à la American style (her sister emigrated to Florida and had the same done there first) and it knocked a few points off her overall attractiveness IMO. You are drawn to her teeth like a wort on a nose. 

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Think its made my mind up - go to the hygenist regularly and floss and use a decent brush and paste.

Dont want to weaken my teeth or for that matter make them look like white gloss!!!

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