Sensodyne® Pronamel Multiaction Toothpaste // Crest 3D Whitestrips Advanced Seal Professional Suprem // Oral-B® Smart Series Electric Toothbrush // Crest 3D White Luxe Arctic Fresh Multi-Care Whitening Mouthwash
HI THERE! As some of you might know this girly here, other than blogging and posting pretty pictures on the Internet, spends almost all day at the dental office as a Registered Dental Hygienist, caring not only for teeth but for so many great people behind a smile. So, today I want to share with you my routine to maintain a winning smile ;). I will tell you what works for me and will guide you to find what works for you.
- I get a dental checkup at least once a year and get treatment done if needed.A tip for those of you who hate going to the dentist because it hurts: find a better dentist! A good dentist will make you feel comfortable and will communicate with you to give you the medication you need so you’re not in pain. Plus, the pain of a toothache is not worth the wait. Also, your life can be saved; oral cancer is not a joke.
- I get a cleaning with one of my gentle, caring, hygienist coworkers at least twice a year. Some of you might need to go more regularly than that, depending on the heath of your gums. Maintenance is the key; you do it for your car, why not your teeth?
- I brush twice a day (or more), use floss once a day (the old fashioned floss is the best), and use an antiseptic/whitening rinse once a day.
- I whiten my teeth. I love tea, coffee, and wine but I also love having a beautiful, white, and healthy smile. So what do I do to keep my pearly whites from getting stained?
A product that I have used for years now is Crest 3D White Whitestrips. They work for me and I’m sticking to them. Although at the beginning I was a bit hesitant to continue using them because of tooth sensitivity, I later learned, with a few year of experience up my sleeve, that most whitening products out there, professional or over-the-counter, cause sensitivity – at least to a couple of us that are a bit more prone to it. I could go into more detail about why whitening products cause sensitivity, but we can leave that for the comment section. FYI, I don’t get paid to use their products. I just like the brand, and I know it works.
So let’s get into my whitening routine . . .
- I use Sensodyne® Pronamel Multiaction Toothpaste for at least a week before I start to use the strips. I continue to use it throughout my whitening treatment and for two weeks after using the strips. For those of you who experience sensitivity on a regular basis, Sensodyne is a great toothpaste to use regularly (it contains 5% potassium nitrate, which works to soothe the nerves inside the tooth, and 0.15% sodium fluoride, which builds a reparative layer over the dentin to create a barrier to stop pain initiation).
- Before applying the first strips, I brush my teeth to remove any food or plaque.
- When applying, the shorter strip goes across the middle of your bottom teeth and you fold it over to the back. The longer strip goes across your upper teeth and you fold it under to the back.
- I leave them on for thirty minutes because of my sensitivity, but the instructions say you can leave them on for up to one hour. So if you’re not sensitive like me, you can go by the instructions.
- After placing them, don’t press on them, because the whitening product can spread, burn, and irritate the gums a bit. If this happens, don’t worry; it goes away within a day and you can do salt water rinses to soothe the discomfort or just leave it alone.
- If it’s your first time, you might want to follow the box instructions and do 1 hour a day for 14 days.
- After half an hour I peel them off of my teeth and brush my teeth again to remove any excess product. And VOILA! White teeth.
- I only use it twice a month to maintain. I get results right away after using one strip, top and bottom.
They’re so simple to use, they’re affordable, and you can do it at home. How convenient is that?
I hope this helped and, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
P.S.: Don’t forget to floss 🙂