My wedding is in four weeks and I’d like to whiten my teeth before my big day. Can you recommend a product that you like? There are so many on the market, it’s too difficult to choose.
Thank you for writing your blog, Maggie
You’re right, there are a seemingly endless supply of products that promise to whiten and brighten your smile. I’ve tried a fair number of them, and I certainly have some favorites and some that I would recommend you skip. Let’s start with the bad list.
A few months ago, I purchased the CVS brand whitening treatment, which they market as an alternative to Crest Whitestrips. Big mistake. The “strips” were really hard silicone trays filled with toxic-tasting goo that had to be molded around your teeth. It’s one of the few times when I felt the brand name was vastly superior to the store brand.
Speaking of Whitestrips, the Crest 3D Effects Advanced Vivid strip really works. If you use it as directed, your smile will be significantly whiter in 1-2 weeks. I don’t recommend the Crest 2-Hour Express strips, however. They made my teeth super sensitive and didn’t whiten them much at all.
My last recommendation would be for GoSmile. I bought the GoSmile Smile Whitening System a few years ago, and I’ve been very happy with it. It’s a bit of a pain to use, but the results are dentist quality if you use it regularly over the course of a month.
If you don’t want to spend $90 whitening your teeth, just buy the GoSmile ampoules. I throw a couple in my purse to freshen my breath and whiten my teeth after meals. The results take a little longer to appear than with the Whitening System, but you should see a difference within two weeks.
Lastly, if you’re just in the market for a really good whitening toothpaste, I use Rembrandt Deeply White and am impressed with the results. It’s not a dramatic change, but they definitely keep my teeth whiter than my old toothpaste did.