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Old 03-06-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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So I went to my dentist about getting a tooth capped, and he brought up matching it, and then said if you want to bleach your teeth you would want to do it before we cap your front tooth. So I said, "Hmmmm", and decided, why not? So they took impressions of my teeth and I paid $300 and, after 2 weeks, I came back today to pick up my mouthguards and the bleach for the whitening.

Well, the way it works is you add the bleach to each mouthguard (a drop onto each tooth in the guard) and wear the guard for 40 minutes. You do this three times a day, for 120 minutes a day, for three weeks.

I was told my gums "might get a little white, and slough off" and if sensitive, take the next day off. So I did what was told and it burned immediately. My gums got really white and they were sore for two hours after I removed the guards and rinsed out my mouth. I had the guards in for FIVE MINUTES.

If they hurt like this after 5 minutes, no way can I do 120 minutes a day. Not a chance. Has anyone else experienced this? Are there alternative ways of whitening your teeth that are not painful like this? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Olympia area (for now)
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So I went to my dentist about getting a tooth capped, and he brought up matching it, and then said if you want to bleach your teeth you would want to do it before we cap your front tooth. So I said, "Hmmmm", and decided, why not? So they took impressions of my teeth and I paid $300 and, after 2 weeks, I came back today to pick up my mouthguards and the bleach for the whitening.

Well, the way it works is you add the bleach to each mouthguard (a drop onto each tooth in the guard) and wear the guard for 40 minutes. You do this three times a day, for 120 minutes a day, for three weeks.

I was told my gums "might get a little white, and slough off" and if sensitive, take the next day off. So I did what was told and it burned immediately. My gums got really white and they were sore for two hours after I removed the guards and rinsed out my mouth. I had the guards in for FIVE MINUTES.

If they hurt like this after 5 minutes, no way can I do 120 minutes a day. Not a chance. Has anyone else experienced this? Are there alternative ways of whitening your teeth that are not painful like this? Thanks for any suggestions.
Yep, I was in Costa Rica and decided to do it. The hygienist did several levels of the mouth guard you mention (I think it went up to five) but everytime she put in a new mouth guard, about fifteen minutes each, the discomfort level went up a notch. After about four treatments, she kept saying one more, and I said no. It went from discomfort to pain.

On the plus side, I had the most beautiful white, movie star smile for several weeks after. It did fade a bit, but I’m not about to give up coffee and use Crest 3D White advanced stain protection toothpaste. Works well, although that dazzling level of white can only be achieved by the mouth guard treatments. I also use the whitening mouthwash to go with the toothpaste. Rembrandt works well too.

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Old 03-06-2018, 10:47 PM
 
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So I went to my dentist about getting a tooth capped, and he brought up matching it, and then said if you want to bleach your teeth you would want to do it before we cap your front tooth. So I said, "Hmmmm", and decided, why not? So they took impressions of my teeth and I paid $300 and, after 2 weeks, I came back today to pick up my mouthguards and the bleach for the whitening.

Well, the way it works is you add the bleach to each mouthguard (a drop onto each tooth in the guard) and wear the guard for 40 minutes. You do this three times a day, for 120 minutes a day, for three weeks.

I was told my gums "might get a little white, and slough off" and if sensitive, take the next day off. So I did what was told and it burned immediately. My gums got really white and they were sore for two hours after I removed the guards and rinsed out my mouth. I had the guards in for FIVE MINUTES.

If they hurt like this after 5 minutes, no way can I do 120 minutes a day. Not a chance. Has anyone else experienced this? Are there alternative ways of whitening your teeth that are not painful like this? Thanks for any suggestions.
I had the same experience you did, only it took a little longer for me to reach that level of pain. I salivated like a rabid dog the first couple of times I used the bleach trays. Then the burning started. OMG. I called my dentist and they provided a lower strength of bleach to see if I could tolerate that. It was too much too so I gave up. I could see a tiny bit of difference in the color of my teeth but not enough to torture myself like that ever again.

I don't have a suitable alternative method to offer, other than the whitening toothpastes that are out there. My mom swore by baking soda and salt mixed together and her teeth were always a nice shade of white. Not glaringly white but white enough. I have a slightly different tone to my teeth to begin with so I haven't seen much difference. Might be worth a try for you. Good luck.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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So I went to my dentist about getting a tooth capped, and he brought up matching it, and then said if you want to bleach your teeth you would want to do it before we cap your front tooth. So I said, "Hmmmm", and decided, why not? So they took impressions of my teeth and I paid $300 and, after 2 weeks, I came back today to pick up my mouthguards and the bleach for the whitening.

Well, the way it works is you add the bleach to each mouthguard (a drop onto each tooth in the guard) and wear the guard for 40 minutes. You do this three times a day, for 120 minutes a day, for three weeks.

I was told my gums "might get a little white, and slough off" and if sensitive, take the next day off. So I did what was told and it burned immediately. My gums got really white and they were sore for two hours after I removed the guards and rinsed out my mouth. I had the guards in for FIVE MINUTES.

If they hurt like this after 5 minutes, no way can I do 120 minutes a day. Not a chance. Has anyone else experienced this? Are there alternative ways of whitening your teeth that are not painful like this? Thanks for any suggestions.
Put in less bleach. It doesnít have to reach the gum line to affect the whole tooth (it will seep up a little in the enamel). So try less in the tray, maybe half what you think is right. Your tooth will displace it and it will squish up between the bleach tray and the tooth, so you want just enough to fill that space and cover the bottom 2/3 of the tooth but not enough to reach the gum line.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Put in less bleach. It doesnít have to reach the gum line to affect the whole tooth (it will seep up a little in the enamel). So try less in the tray, maybe half what you think is right. Your tooth will displace it and it will squish up between the bleach tray and the tooth, so you want just enough to fill that space and cover the bottom 2/3 of the tooth but not enough to reach the gum line.
Thats what I am going to try next, thanks for your advice. I may have to use a tiny amount and will try to keep it from reaching the gum line.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:24 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I tried the Crest white strips but saw just a slight difference. Like a lot of other new trends it seems everybody must have teeth as white as a Chiclet. I have sensitive gums and wouldn't even attempt to use those bleaching trays.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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I tried the Crest white strips but saw just a slight difference. Like a lot of other new trends it seems everybody must have teeth as white as a Chiclet. I have sensitive gums and wouldn't even attempt to use those bleaching trays.
I do too but I didnít think the bleach was so potent, in fact, I didnít think it would get on my gums. You have to be careful how much you apply, there is a learning curve.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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What for? Just gonna turn yellow again within a few weeks anyhow lol
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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What for?
Because I can.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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What for? Just gonna turn yellow again within a few weeks anyhow lol
only if you chainsmoke.


I use those whitening strips. I have sensitive gums and it works well. I do that every few months, 1x for half hour and people tell me my teeth are nicely white.
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