Nuclear Teeth

My sister got her teeth whitened, and I am convinced you could see them from space.  If I wanted to get my teeth whitened too, how could I keep them from getting too white?

Brooklyn D. – Conway, AR

Brooklyn,

You can have control over how much whitening is done to your teeth.  I would do professional teeth whitening at home.  Your dentist will provide you with trays and whitening gel.  From there, it is up to you how much you use them and for how long.  Once you get to your desired level of whitening, you simply stop using them and they won’t whiten any further.

Most people who end up with super white teeth, like your sister, actually want it that way.  We see that a lot in people with public jobs like actors or newscasters.

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How long will Crest Whitestrips take?

I have been whitening my teeth with Crest Whitestrips, and while I am seeing some results, it isn’t nearly as white as I want my teeth. I’m just finished my second complete package. How many packages will it take to get it to the level of whitening I want?

Harriet L. – Boston, MA

Harriet,

I can’t give you an absolute answer to your question, because it depends on how stained your teeth were when you started and what level of whitening you’re actually trying to attain. I can tell you that while Crest Whitestrips WILL whiten your teeth, it will take significantly longer than with professional teeth whitening.

The reason for that is that it is sold over the counter. Because of that, it is not nearly as strong. That is through regulations more than Crest. They are limited as to how strong they can make the strips.

If you’re looking to get your teeth as white as they can get, in a fast amount of time, you might look into zoom whitening. That will get your teeth super white in just one appointment.

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