In the middle of last year, 22-year-old Abby decided to bite the proverbial bullet and get her teeth professionally whitened.
“When I was about 12, when my adult teeth had literally just come through, I smashed my face on the monkey bars and broke all four of my front teeth. I’ve been my parents worst nightmare with all the dental work I’ve had to have,” Abby told Mamamia.
As a result of the accident, she had her teeth capped, and over the years she found the colour faded.
Her dentist suggested she get her teeth whitened to “even them all out.” She had two options; to have the procedure done in the dentist’s chair for approximately $800, or purchase an at home kit from her dentist, for approximately $400.
She chose the latter.
The kit required her to insert a mould every night for over an hour, which she says was a pain, both physically and practically.
"You don't realise how much of an inconvenience it is - if you want to eat or sleep..." she said. But then there was the sensitivity, which she says was incredibly painful.