Monday, April 9, 2007
Show Me Your Smile
To me, having a shiny, white smile is one of the best ways to enhance one's natural beauty. A bright smile lights up the face and heightens self-confidence, and strong self-confidence is the biggest non-cosmetic beauty secret! But until about six years ago, affordable and effective teeth whitening was not available to "the public." Not many people (aside from celebrities and the independently wealthy) have an extra $500 - $2000 to spend on professional teeth bleaching at the dentist's office, but when Crest Whitestrips (and all the other brands that followed) hit the market, effective teeth whitening became widely available for less than $30! I've had great success with both the Crest Whitestrips Premium and the Oral B Rembrandt Whitening Strips Premium; however, I find that the effects never last too long. Though the companies claim whiter teeth from three months to one full year, I find that, for me, results only last about a month to six weeks maximum. This is probably due to the ridiculous amount of sweet tea and Pepsi that I consume, but despite my caffeine addiction, I still want white teeth!
So, my favorite new whitening product is the Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse. The "secret ingredient" is just plain ol' hydrogen peroxide (you know, the stuff that comes in the big brown bottles for .88 cents?) but if you've ever tried to rinse your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle, you know it's NOT a pleasant experience, and I don't think it's exactly safe, either. I admit that the taste of the pre-brush rinse isn't the greatest, and the foam that's generated from the rinse kinda makes you look like you have rabies, but the results are impressive; however, they're slow but steady. I recommend using the Listerine Pre-Brush Rinse to maintain either professional or at-home whitening, and used in conjunction with a whitening toothpaste, you'll see quicker results. And of course Listerine is known for their breath-freshening mouthwash forumlas and the Pre-Brush Rinse is no exception, and one of the biggest pros is that it doesn't burn/tingle like the original Listerine. At about $6 a bottle for only thirty seconds twice a day, it's both cheap and easy - so polish those pearly whites and smile! :-D