Hi Nicky, I’d like to know what I can do to whiten my teeth (but not TOO white) for my daughter’s wedding next month. I don’t have a big budget so I can’t afford something like a Zoom treatment. Thanks, Trish.
First up, congrats on the impending wedding! And you’re right, Philips Zoom is the Rolls Royce of whitening treatments but at $800-$1000 (it will last up to two years) it isn’t a viable option for many of us.
I’d be remiss of me not to say that if you want to whiten your teeth more than one or two shades then it’s recommended you visit a professional. But since you’ve mentioned that elusive white-but-not-Real-Housewives-of-Atlanta-white then I’ve got some good news: there are plenty of fantastic at-home treatments that will work within your time frame and budget.
1. Whitening Toothpaste
I first found out about this product at a beauty industry event when two insiders were whispering about a brand new whitening toothpaste that actually works. I hovered around the hors d’oeuvres table long enough to catch the product’s name, Oral-B Pro-Health, and they were right, it does make your teeth whiter. More than 15 years in the making, this toothpaste is a game-changer in the oral health market. I use it everyday.
2. Teeth Whitening Strips
Peel off and stick on; these thin transparent strips dissolve while whitening your teeth in less than 10 minutes.
I’m not going to lie, the first time I tried these I didn’t make it to the recommended period because the strips turn into a weird gel-like consistency in your mouth. As a result, I drooled more than the 13-year-old me over photos of Julian Escott in Dolly magazine.
But alas, even though I didn’t make it to the full 10 minutes a few hours later my teeth were noticeably whiter. The reason? This product contains six per cent hydrogen peroxide, which is the highest percentage available over the counter.
3. Paint-on gel.
Like Liquid Paper for your teeth a paint on gel like Pearl Drops Hollywood Nights can effectively whiten your teeth in under a week.