You know what I love? Coffee. And red wine. Did I mention my affinity for blackberry jelly? Oh, it’s so delicious. And what do these lovely habits result in? A lot of surface stains on my teeth. So naturally I’m a veteran of home bleaching my teeth. Unfortunately I’ve never had particularly awesome teeth. They chip easily, they stain easily, and they’re crazy sensitive. So while I galloped with glee to the checkout to buy each different kind of White Strip or tray-bleaching system, I was soon after always sorely disappointed by how much my teeth hurt. Sensitive teeth can ruin your day, so I was leery when I took the chance on these new dissolving whitening strips…
When I picked up the Rembrandt “Stain Dissolving Strips” I’ll admit it was the price that allured me first. $20 for 56 strips? That’s a heck of a lot better than Crest, who seem to think their strips have been dipped in 24 karat gold. Not that they don’t work, but they’re crazy expensive and crazy painful. So I read the Rembrandt box: “Enamel-safe whitening in 2 weeks — Noticeably whitens tough surface stains, like coffee and wine…” and then the best part “…Dissolves in just 5-10 minutes with nothing to remove.” SOLD. Those nasty little plastic strips I’m used to are up there in the least polite things I’ve ever used. You think, “Oh, I can multitask. Oh hang on my White Strip is done, lemme take it out” saliva everywhere. It’s worse than a retainer in terms of anti-disiac factor. So I again happily strode to the checkout to collect my amazing bargain.
I couldn’t help myself. I tried them right when I got in the car. So you remember those Listerine breath strips? That’s what these are like, except you put them on your teeth (duh). They’re minty, they cling actually invisibly, and in 10 minutes, they’re gone. And you know what? They work. I was most concerned about an actual visible stain I’d acquired on my front tooth next to a tiny bond I got a few years ago. And in 4 uses it’s disappeared. (Don’t worry, I got the bond checked, too. No cavities, mom!) I’ve been using them for less than a week and I’ve already noticed a difference, and that’s still with my daily morning coffee and probably two glasses of red wine since. I’m impressed.
So no, I’m not looking for Zoom-whitening results. I just want my teeth to not be noticeably stained. But I really feel like I’m getting a lot for the price. It’s going to take me months to work through this box. And they don’t hurt, at all, which is such a relief. I noticed today that my teeth are a really pleasant shade of white, so I thought I’d share my success with you all. No mess, no pain, and they get the job done. I hope these stick around.
Do you use home teeth-whitening systems? What’s your experience with them?