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Do you ever have random flashbacks to when you were little and you sit back and go, why am I thinking about this now and seriously why did I ever think that was cool? I can still distinctly remember when I was in elementary school, I used to look at the sixth grade girls and be envious of their braces. Can you even imagine? Maybe, I was just thinking at the time they were such a cool accessory or maybe it was the fact they were something that the older girls had…..but I wanted them. Such an odd thing to rehash in the memory bank. When I was younger I had a terrible gap between my two front teeth and glasses. My pre-teen years were shudder worthy. My mother actually showed a picture to Mark of me during those years and direct quote “wait is that you?!?!” Oh yes babe…..it was. I was a master of learning how to smile without exposing my front teeth. It was definitely something I was the most self-conscious about.
My eleven year old self would try and swindle my dentist whenever I would see him “don’t I need braces for this tunnel between my front teeth“. To which he would always respond “actually you don’t need braces at all, you have plenty of room and just wait till those back molars come in….they will help“. Well you know what? They didn’t. My parents were probably a little happy of the fact they didn’t have to foot that orthodontist bill. Well eleven year old Amanda didn’t take that as her first offer. I’m pretty sure I saved all my babysitting money, probably made a pros and cons spreadsheet that I presented to my mother or she just took mercy on my front gapped/glasses wearing self but she took me to a cosmetic dentist who beautifully bonded my two front teeth together. Oh floss can actually get caught between them now! Something that has never happened before. Mark actually had the same thing between his two front teeth when he was younger as well (sometimes we are so similar its eerie).
I promise this story has an ending. Due to the fact I have bonding between my two front teeth, I can never artificially whiten my teeth. The strips, trays and procedures will lighten my surrounding teeth but the bonding will not change. Also, any product I have tried in the past makes my teeth insanely sensitive. Like if I breathe in air the wrong way….talk about chills up the spine. When I was contacted by Sensodyne® to try out their new whitening toothpaste Sensodyne® True White®, I jumped at the chance. I have been using Sensodyne® True White® twice a day for the past month and have noticed such a difference. Even though my bonding doesn’t whiten, my surrounding teeth are still exposed to coffee and staining materials on a daily basis (cough cough red wine). I still do like to use a sensitive teeth toothpaste plus whitening to make sure those teeth stay nice and white.
The Sensodyne® True White® has done such a nice job naturally whitening and best part, I have noticed less sensitivity to extreme temperatures while using it. Plus, it has a nice taste that isn’t overly peroxide tasting like some other whitening toothpastes. It also creates a barrier to help protect against new dental staining and its 10x less abrasive than many leading whitening toothpastes**…what a breakthrough! So even though I never was “blessed” with having braces as a youngster, I still take my dental care quite seriously. I definitely recommend checking out Sensodyne® True White® toothpaste if you are looking for a whitening toothpaste that also treats sensitivity with twice daily brushing. Mark has even been using it and has noticed a difference with less sensitivity as well. To try it out, here is a dollar off coupon, if you click here. I found the Sensodyne® True White® at my local Walgreens and Target but you can also order it online here on Amazon.
Did you have braces as a kid? Did you think they were cool or totally hated them? Do you use a whitening toothpaste now or whitening aids like strips or trays?
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