I’m officially confused. Is it regimen or regime? Because I hear regime so much that I’m starting to think it’s regime…except a regime is not the same thing as a regimen, is it? I always thought it was regimen. Anyways, I digress…
Despite some recent minor setbacks in my life, I’m still trying to smile at least 50% of the time. Partly because I believe in the theory that when you smile, you make yourself happier. But mostly because I’m vain, and have discovered the joys of drugstore whitening. This must be shared, my teeth are so much nicer than they were just a week ago.
If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. So as promised, my teeth-whitening regimen!
Back in January, when I was trying to make a dent in the 5000+ unread posts sitting in my reader (I check that thing daily and the lowest number of unread posts I’ve ever had was still in the 3900s), I came across this snazzy article by the always entertaining Cat Marnell of xoJane. Her teeth are amazing, probably better than mine will ever be, and I wanted to try every single product on that list. But my teeth are on the sensitive and wimpy side, plus one of my friends told me horror stories about her experiences with Crest White Strips, so I try to stick with products that still allow you to eat.
I’ve tried 3 things on the list, and have already decided that these 2 are all I will ever need. Until the end of time. Or at least until I’m completely satisfied with my toothy grin.
First is the Arm & Hammer Dental Care Whitening Booster. It’s a clear gel that comes in a squeeze tube, and when you brush your teeth, you just use 1 part this and 1 part toothpaste on your brush. Then you go about brushing, and your teeth get whiter and whiter each day (or in my case, less and less yellow. Which sounds like it would be the same thing, but it’s actually not). It has a little bit of a cloying taste, not enough to be an issue, especially when it’s mostly covered up by the minty taste of your toothpaste. You see how this is a genius product? Plus it takes next to no time (unlike whitening strips) and you can get every nook and cranny of every tooth.
After I brush my teeth, I follow up with Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Mouthwash in Fresh Mint. It kind of boggles my mind that mouthwash of all things can whiten your teeth, but this stuff actually works, and in a minute. Yes, it stings slightly just like every other minty mouthwash on the planet, but it’s only 60 seconds and you will almost certainly experience greater pain in life. The bottle says to use 10 ml every time. For all I know, I could be using 2 ml or 20 ml. Just be careful not to pour too much, since this stuff foams up like crazy.
I think this is the part where I’m supposed to include a before and after picture, except when have I ever displayed that kind of foresight? I’ll give this combo another couple of weeks, snap a picture, and put it next to one of my old lipstick swatches. For now:
The booster gel retails for at $6, and the mouthwash is $8 at most places, $6 at Target. If you go on Rembrandt’s website, you can get a $2 off coupon for the mouthwash. Arm & Hammer has a coupon section on their website, so you could check that as well.
There are probably less expensive whitening mouthwashes on the market, but I’ll go ahead and admit I really like the packaging of this one (aside from the fact that it’s impossible to shoot), plus with the coupon, it wasn’t too bad. Overall, I love both of these for their ease of use and the fact that they deliver results. And the best part is that I’ve been using both twice a day for over a week, and my teeth feel perfectly fine (except one day in the middle when they were incredibly sore, but I suspect it was because I was stress-clenching my jaw all night long).
What are your favorite whitening products? Do you remember what you wore to senior Prom? How do you cope with runaway mail?