It’s both wonderful and crazy that of all my blog posts, “Should I or Shouldn’t I Whiten My Teeth?” has the most comments. I truly appreciate all the thoughtful responses, including the offer for a coupon from Crest. The votes are in favor of whitening. So today I am going to try it.
Why? Not because I don’t think my teeth are good enough. In fact, I just went to the dentist and didn’t have any cavities. I even let them do x-rays for the first time in 8 years. I don’t like getting x-rays because of the radiation, but also because that thing you have to put in your mouth makes me gag. I have the nicest and gentlest dental hygienist in the world, but I am sorry to say that the last time I had x-rays, I knocked her in the head with the x-ray machine AND bit her finger really hard. I didn’t mean to. But she is slightly afraid of me now. This time, she just kept repeating “breathe through the nose.” Thankfully, there were no injuries.
I am going to whiten my teeth because I am just too damn curious. I need to know what it tastes like and how that stuff feels on my teeth…and if it hurts. It’s the repressed scientist in me. I can’t promise that I’ll keep up with it for long; in fact, I only have the four free strips I got from the orthodontist, so that is where I am going to start. I am going to do it just to see if it makes me feel different when I look in the mirror—or if people treat me any differently.
I’ll let you know what happens…
Are you going to do Before/After photos?
I think I will be very disappointed if you find people treat you differently–I’m waiting with bated breath to find out! And, I agree: If you’re dead set on really going through with it, before and after photos are a must.
I bet there is nothing organic or natural about that whitening stuff.
Wish I had read this sooner to ask you to reconsider- My teeth are so sensitive since I had it done – that part lasts but the whitening doesn’t.
Swish a capful of half hydrogen peroxide and half water in your mouth for five or ten minutes (I do it in the shower) then spit it out. If you do this every day or so for a couple of weeks you’ll notice a big difference. It really works!