January 25, 2012

Teeth Whitening

For the last couple of weeks I've told you how frumpy I feel when I'm pregnant and some of the things I've been doing to feel a little better about myself.  I think this is so important whether you are fat and pregnant or not!  I was talking to one of my cousins who got a whitening kit from our friend Dr Kevin Brucker in Gibson City after she got her braces off.  I couldn't believe how great her teeth looked!  So I cornered Kevin that night and asked him if it was safe during pregnancy (it is) so I asked him what I needed to do to get one.  I figured while I'm not really drinking coffee/pop this would be a great time to try it!

I stopped in his office the next week and they took molds of my teeth.  They used these molds to make custom trays that fit my teeth. 
The kit came with 4 little syringes of the gel.  I've gotten 3-5 treatments out of each one.  I've been doing this for a little over a month because I don't do it everyday.  Actually, I wouldn't recommend doing it on consecutive days because your teeth can become sensitive. 

Here is what Dr. Brucker's website says about teeth whitening:

•Tray Bleaching

Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

When I read the directions it said that you could wear them overnight or for at least 2 hours.  Since I don't really have 2 hours when I'm not eating these days I chose to do them overnight.
Ok, so are you curious now about my results?  First let me say do you have any idea how akward it is to take pictures of your own teeth - not to mention posting them online?!?! 

First Night 
After 1st Treatment 
Week 2 
Week 3 
And here is day 1 vs tonight.  I'm really happy with the results!

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