I signed up for a Groupon about a month ago. I got the Boost teeth whitening system at a dental office for $99 -- a really good price for something that generally costs triple that.
I had already gotten fitted for the custom trays and have the bleach at home but I wanted something a bit more instant and all done in one go. Normally I would stick with the custom trays but the deal was too good to pass up.
The process is pretty simple. You have an enormous object placed inside your mouth so your mouth is as wide as the Joker's smile. It's on the uncomfortable side, especially since it wants to make you swallow saliva every 10 seconds.
The dental hygienist places a rubbery kind of barrier all around your gum lines so the bleach stays off them. It hardens pretty quickly. Then on goes the bleach which is changed every 20 minutes because it's only effective for that long.
After three applications, it's taken off, the barriers pop off, you rinse and off you go. All done in about 75 minutes.
And my teeth are nicely white. Not that unnatural Hollywood beam of light that emits from the mouths of some actors and actresses. Just a white smile that looks really good.
But after several hours, the tooth sensitivity has kicked in and I'm absolutely miserable. This is pain! I'm keeping my mouth closed, not talking much because when air goes in my mouth it's even more sensitive.
I looked up the side effects of this kind of whitening and yes, some people do have a rather painful reaction to the process.
Advil hasn't helped me at all but it seems I only (!) have another 24 hours to go before the pain subsides. I think I'll have an early night, just to make the time goes by faster.
A definite con in teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening has been around since the 1960s but has really increased in popularity since the 1990s. It seems like nearly every toothpaste has some kind of "whitening" component to it and all sort of white strips, gels and trays abound.
Custom-made trays are common and cost between $300-$400 but can last for life. The bleach that goes in them is under $10 and is already prepared in a squirty little tube.