[This is not a sponsored post. The teeth whitening treatment at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry was a gifted experience. The products are gifted press samples.]
This post is the second in a two-part series. If you haven’t already, head over to ‘My teeth whitening experience #1‘ to read about my teeth whitening treatment with the fabulous Dr. Mervyn Druian from The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry.
After I’d finished the 3 weeks of whitening, I was so impressed with how my teeth were looking. Like I said in the last post, they’d been boosted from B2 to A1 – the whitest natural shade for teeth – and I was determined to keep them that way. However, I wanted to be realistic – there was no way I was going without coffee and wine forever for the sake of vanity, and I knew there had to be another way.
I guess this is something I should touch on because it’s obvious, but something you don’t think about when you splash out on teeth whitening: although the results are great to start off with, they will fade over time and need to be topped up. Now that’s not to say it’s not worthwhile – once you’ve had the mould made for your mouth, you can buy extra gel for around £40 a tube, and that’ll last 10 days (which is probably all you’ll need to get them back up to scratch after 6 months or so).
While that’s inevitable, I wanted to tackle the staining as I went along, and set out looking for products and ingredients that I could use regularly to keep my pearly whites… well, pearly white I guess. So that’s what this post is all about; I wanted to share the three changes I’ve made to my oral hygiene routine that have really kept my teeth looking white and allowed me to keep showing off the effects of the whitening.
Toothpaste: Arm & Hammer Enamel Pro Repair
I’ve written about this toothpaste before and, since having my teeth whitened it’s all I’ll use. Why? Well, there are two reasons… First of all, it’s great at removing stains, leaving your mouth feeling fresh, and really brings teeth up to there best. You know how sometimes you look in the mirror after brushing your teeth and see a genuine difference? That’s what this does every time, I kid you not.
The other reason I like the Arm & Hammer range is its main ingredient is bicarbonate of soda/baking soda, which is the most gentle abrasive substance used in toothpaste – meaning it doesn’t scratch the enamel. I was always torn on whitening because I wasn’t keen on using chemicals in my mouth like that, so to be able to balance that a bit always appeals to me. It also has longterm health benefits, as it increases the pH levels of the saliva, which can help prevent tooth decay.
I actually spoke with Dr Jerome Sebah from The Dentist Gallery – one of London’s premier clinics – a while back about this, so for more on the ingredients you should and shouldn’t be putting on your teeth, check out that post here.
Serum: Pearl Drops Strong and White Overnight Serum
For the most part, people end up going to clinics for teeth whitening after years of trying over-the-counter products – which, let’s be honest, are a nice idea, but are just a fraction of the strength of the products available professionally. I’ve personally never bought into a lot of those products, however, but I did branch out in the hope of finding one that I could use regularly that was slightly stronger than my toothpaste – and I did.
I use this serum as an overnight treatment for my teeth around 4 or 5 times a week – depending on what I’ve been eating and whether I feel like I need it – and it’s great. The taste is actually deliciously minty, which is so distracting if you’re struggling to sleep and end up licking your teeth dry. But otherwise it couldn’t be simpler: you apply it with the brush head provided (attached to the tube), and leave it. No rinsing, no waiting around, etc.
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Also, I have to say, it’s a small tube (15ml) but it seems to last forever – a little certainly goes a long way. In fact, I’ve been using mine for a good few months now, and I’m still on the same tube! Of course, I’ve gone through about 10 tubes of toothpaste so far… I don’t know where that goes?!
Gel: Nu Radiance Forte
This is the big one and something I think has made a real difference in maintaining my teeth to look the best they possibly can. As I said before, you can purchase the whitening gel that you used for your main treatment from your dentist at any point and repeat the procedure – usually after around 6 months or so. However, I’ve opted for a different approach, instead doing it for a 1-hour session every other week.
Why? You know, when it comes to my appearance, I like to keep things consistent, and I certainly don’t like the idea of things being on a carousel of time. You know – hair grows long then it cut short again, skin goes bad then looks good again, etc. It was the same with my teeth: I didn’t want them to go dull before I whitened them again. And, so far, it seems to have worked great.
I actually spoke with the guys at the clinic about this, and it’s one of the routes they recommend to help maintain the effects of the treatment, and it’s certainly something I’d recommend to anyone who does consider whitening. Because let’s be honest, the 3-week treatment is manageable, but it’s not ideal – so the more you can regulate your shade and look after it consistently, the less likely you are to need the intensive hit of whitening anytime soon.
Again, thank you so much to Mervyn and everyone at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry for offering me the treatment and being so great. If you are thinking of having your teeth whitened, check out their website – I’d 100% recommend! And if you have any questions about anything in this post or part one, drop me a message or leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out.