Good lord, I just don’t have enough hours in the day.
I already have a hard enough time keeping my feet and hands properly moisturized, much less making sure my teeth are an “acceptable” pearly white. Because the whitening industry would have you believe that anything less than that is just gross.
I don’t even use a whitening toothpaste. The horror! I do use a SonicCare toothbrush, which makes me feel a bit better about it, though.
During the run-up to my nuptials, I admit to using Crest Whitestrips for about a month. I was concerned that my teeth might look bad in the photos when compared to my dress, and I was afraid that for all eternity, there would be photographic proof that I had horrible yellow teeth.
Of course, I didn’t really think I had horrible yellow teeth, I was just concerned in general that I needed to look good for my wedding photos, because I was only going to get one shot at them. And I was paying enough money that those suckers were going to turn out perfect if it killed me.
Whitening strips aren’t the only way of getting whiter teeth, there are a number of different ways, most of them expensive.
I know that you can use baking soda, but it isn’t recommended as a long-term solution, as it can wear away your enamel. You can also use hydrogen peroxide, but I’m always afraid I’m going to swallow it, and it’s one of those things that the more I think about NOT swallowing it, the more I feel like I’m going to.
Yes, I might need to speak to a professional about that.
Mabye in a few years when my toddler isn’t quite so dependent upon me, I can get back to the slog of trying to coax my teeth to their whitest shade, but not right now.
It does sort of make me annoyed that we see celebrities with these perfect white teeth, but the reality is that almost all of them have veneers, which at a minimum of $500 per tooth, is pretty much out of my reach.
Do you whiten your teeth? Or is a “whitening” toothpaste the farthest you’ll go?