How Do You Whiten Your Teeth?

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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… 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).

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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.

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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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153 responses to “How Do You Whiten Your Teeth?”

  1. Ok, I was totally that kid too, except my gap was due to the fact that I was missing two teeth next to my front that caused a HUGE gap. Braces for 6 years (yes, 6) and multiple surgeries later I have a straight mouth. Great to know that Sensodyne actually works. I don’t whiten because I am afraid that it will do something to my two fake teeth, but it sounds like this is the way to go. I’ll have to check it out.

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. Andi says:

    I’ve had sensitive teeth for as long as I can remember, so I’m a huge Sensodyne® fan!!! Would love love love to win!

  3. Owen Davis says:

    This post cracks me up because my dad is an orthodontist!! I was “blessed” with braces 3 times because I didn’t wear my retainers after the first set and then had clear ones a couple of years ago on my top teeth because I had one tooth that bothered me. Welcome to life as an orthodontist’s child…. So OCD over my teeth! I whiten with bleach and trays, it definitely makes my teeth a little more sensitive but only has to stay in for 2 min at a time and lasts forever. Be careful with whitening toothpastes because the grittiness can chip away the enamel on your teeth!! Xo

  4. Biana says:

    I was the same way with glasses- so jealous of the kids that got to wear them. I had braces for a year and there was one point where your two front teeth have this gap that goes back together perfectly but until then I too didn’t smile with my teeth showing lol

  5. Lindsay says:

    I have been using Sensodyne since I used to steal it from my parents when I was in college… and I still take a package of it every time I am at their house (thanks for shopping at Costco mom!) I have had the worst sensitive teeth since I had braces, which I thought were so cool, but definitely left me with some side effects! I am so jealous that you didn’t have to have them!!

  6. I had braces for 5 years and it was no fun at all, you are so lucky! I use whitening trays but I will have to check this out!

  7. Jenn says:

    I wanted braces, too, and then I had to get them and then I never wanted them. No fun! I’m glad that you got things fixed to your liking though, and now have a product that you think works!

  8. Shannon says:

    I have the most sensitive teeth ever so Sensodyne is my friend! I need to try their whitening version!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  9. I use crest white strips since i hear it’s the exact same stuff dentists use in office – I love it! But i’m interested to try this stuff!

  10. Nadine says:

    I never had braces but as an adult I wish my dentist would have pushed for them because my front two teeth are not straight and it is one of my insecurities as an adult. I hate anything to do with the dentist though and refuse to have extra work done now. Plus it costs ridiculous amounts of money!!! But I have super sensitive teeth and I switched to Sensodyne a few years ago and have never looked back. I can eat all the cold things without wincing now!

  11. Jenn says:

    I’ve used Sensodyne for a few years to combat my sensitive teeth. Seriously, I get no ice in drinks and lukewarm coffee! Excited to try out this new whitener!

  12. Oh my gosh, I think this product may be perfect for me! I’m in the process of getting a crown and some other not so fun work done. While I can use any type of whitening product I’m noticing my teeth are A LOT more sensitive and the thought of putting something like peroxide on my teeth no longer seems worth the pain that will come from it. I’m definitely trying this out!

  13. I was the first person to get braces in elementary school and was made fun of incessantly. Had to have them again in 8th grade. My teeth are all straight now. I’ve used trays from the dentist in the past but now I just use crest white strips when I need them. I also use arm and hammer whitening toothpaste but might buy the sensodyne next time! You have a beautiful smile :)

  14. Tonya Atkinson says:

    I never had braces as a kid but I would always beg my mom for them even though I didn’t need them. I use to put aluminum foil on my teeth and pretend. I have used whitening products off and on even purchased whitening gel from the dentist office have never found any that worked the way I envisioned they would.

  15. Karly says:

    How funny – two of my front teeth (one front one and one to the side) are cosmetically bonded, too! I was hit in the mouth with a softball during warmups for a game (literally a month after I got my braces off …), which resulted in getting the braces back on, three root canals, and a whole lot of cosmetic bonding to cover up the fact that the teeth are black (veneers probably are in my future). So, I totally hear you about whitening your teeth but not having the bonding being able to change – this toothpaste sounds great, though because my bottom teeth could use some whitening love!

  16. Henria O. says:

    I’ve never had braces and I usually use baking soda when I want to whiten my teeth.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  17. With the amount of tea (ergm so British of me) I drink on the daily, I REALLY need this. I have sensitive teeth too, so this would be up my alley. x

  18. Evelina says:

    I am very prone to teeth sensitivy when using white being products too! I usually do the strips but I really want to try these!

    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  19. Mami2jcn says:

    I had braces as a kid and hated them. I haven’t tried these whitening products but I’d like to!

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  21. Elena says:

    I have sensitive teeth and have used Sensodyne before

  22. Tiffany says:

    Our stories are almost identical except I didn’t have a gap but wanted braces so bad. And half of one of my front teeth is fake so no whitening for me, plus uber sensitivity. just give me veneers or something, haha!

  23. Paula S says:

    I had a bad overbite as child and thankfully did have braces. I have very sensitive teeth and love Sensodyne.

  24. Julie Wood says:

    I have been using Sensodyne for years. I have sensitive teeth and this toothpaste really helps me not feel pain in my mouth! Great product.

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  26. Lisa Brown says:

    I did have braces for 2 years as a kid, did not like them, embarrassed with then. I do not use whitening products on my sensitive teeth.

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  28. Natalie says:

    I never had to wear braces as a kid but I came close! I have tried Crest white strips and whitening toothpaste in the past with varying degrees of success.

  29. Mita says:

    I have not tried these whitening products yet, but I’d like to.

  30. Emily says:

    I definitely look for this product! I usually use Crest White Strips. This week, I purchased the CVS version, which was half the price as the Crest White Strips, but no…it did not work the same. Sometimes the generic is not the same. Thanks for your review. :)

  31. Kelly D says:

    I was lucky not to need braces. I don’t use a whitening toothpaste, but I have in the past.

  32. Jessica To says:

    I had braces as a kid and my son just had his braces taken off this month. I use whitening strips.

  33. Madeline says:

    I used a bleach kit once that worked well. I’ve been using Sensodyne for the past month and it does make my teeth less sensitive!

  34. megan says:

    i liked my braces but hated the head gear ;). i’m in a similar situation because one of my front teeth is an implant and will never change color but i want my real teeth to stay white!

  35. CR Williams says:

    I usually just use whitening toothpaste.

  36. Adrianne B says:

    I’ve actually put off whitening because of my sensitivity. My past experiences with whitening involved pain and fear that I was doing damage, seems like Sensodyne True White might be exactly what I am looking for.

  37. Michelle Richardson says:

    I think this toothpaste is exactly what I need! I have sensitive teeth and have been avoiding any major whitening treatment because of it!

  38. heather says:

    I had braces as a kid and I totally hated them but I am so glad now that I did have them. I had my teeth professionally whitened at my dentist office and it hurt so much because my teeth are so super sensitive. So now I just use a whitening tooth paste.

  39. Jessie C. says:

    I had braces as a kid, I think they were cool at that time. I use a whitening toothpaste now and love Sensodyne for my sensitive teeth.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  41. LaTanya says:

    I wore braces as an adult and I use a whitening toothpaste

  42. mita says:

    I use a whitening toothpaste

  43. Kathleen says:

    Oh yes, I was part of the metal mouth club back in the day! I was actually quite proud to be part of that club! I try to go the natural whitening route of adding baking soda to my regular toothpaste and eating plenty of crunchy vegetables!

  44. allison swain says:

    I never had braces, but I do use a whitening toothpaste!

    Thank you for the chance to win this :)

  45. Anastasia Falling says:

    I never had braces as a kid :) I don’t typically use whitening toothpaste, but I always buy some when it’s on sale :)

  46. Margaret Smith says:

    Never had braces. I do use a whitening toothpaste and also at times I use a whitener kit. Thanks so much.

  47. Erika says:

    Yep, I had braces as a kid! I use a whitening toothpaste, but it doesn’t seem to do much.


  48. Will G says:

    I did not have braces though I wish I would have. I use whitening toothpaste.

  49. Robin says:

    I did not have braces as a kid, but I did think they were cool. The only whitening products I have use are the whitening toothpastes.

  50. Rachel says:

    I used to have braces when I was younger.

  51. Tina M says:

    I did not have braces as a kid. I use a whitening toothpaste now.

  52. rachel says:

    I needed braces so they were a godsend. I should use whitening products!

  53. Anne says:

    When I was a kid, only the rich kids had braces. My family wasn’t rich, but fortunately, none of us needed braces. I never thought much about them, good or bad. I’ve been a fan of Sensodyne for years, although I haven’t tried their whitening product. I suppose I should, since I don’t use any other whitening products, and I wouldn’t have to give up my sensitivity protection.

  54. Anne says:

    Here’s my tweet about your blog post and the Sensodyne giveaway:

  55. ann says:

    i would love to give this a try!

  56. OFG says:

    I had braces as a kid, but I never thought much about them. I only wore them for a year or two. I use whitening toothpaste now, but nothing else. I’m afraid my teeth are too sensitive for harsher products.

  57. Jeffrey says:

    I never had braces, probably could have used them but my parents didn’t have the money! I’ve use whitening strips in the past and could probably benefit from using them again along with Sensodyne toothpaste.

  58. I do use a whitening toothpaste. I also occasionally use whitening strips, but I feel they leave my teeth too sensitive.

  59. Rebecca says:

    I have tried a sensitive toothpaste, but haven’t kept up with using it. I think it would be better for my teeth.

  60. Amy Tong says:

    I had braces when I was a teen and hated it. because it get in my way and hurt so much when I eat. I do use whitening toothpaste now.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  61. Janice Cooper says:

    No I never had braces and yes I use whitening toothpase

  62. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    I had the old style braces for 4 years as a kids which is what made me hate them- having them in so long. Now I usually just buy bleach over the internet and put them in my trays when my teeth start turning yellow, but I believe that eats the enamel away =(

  63. maria cantu says:

    I use sensodyne but not the true white.

  64. Elle says:

    I had braces for years and didn’t care for them. I occasionally use whitening toothpastes.

  65. Rebecca Graham says:

    Never had braces but I needed them.

  66. Elizabeth pergande says:

    I like to use a daily whitening toothpaste and I also need one for sensitive teeth. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  67. Susan Smith says:

    I had braces as a child and my children had braces too. I use a daily whitening toothpaste.

  68. natasha Lamoreux says:

    I had braces but didnt wear my retainer so they aremt as stright as they were.

  69. Gina M says:

    I have used whitening strips in the past. I am always looking for something to keep my teeth white – I drink a lot of coffee!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  71. donna says:

    i’d love to try the new sensodyne

  72. Kristen says:

    I did have braces, and they were definitely not cool!
    I use a whitening toothpaste, but I haven’t noticed a difference.

  73. linda says:

    i would love to try sensodyne

  74. Kerry says:

    I did have braces as a kid. I thought they were cool at first and then I ended up hating them! I now use a whitening mouthwash every night before bed.

  75. shelly peterson says:

    I never had braces or have tried any whitening toothpaste or products.
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  76. shelly peterson says:

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  77. Cheryl B says:

    I sma long time user of Sensodyne, it isva great product!

  78. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I’ve never had braces before bur I love sensodyne toothpaste

  79. Whitney Bellows says:

    I did not have braces as a kid. I do use a whitening toothpaste currently.

  80. Ellie Wright says:

    I did not have braces as a kid. My teeth were not very crooked, plus my parents could not afford them. I would love to whiten my teeth, but do worry about sensitivity. I use Sensodyne because my teeth are very sensitive. I would love to try Sensodyne True White.

  81. Thomas Murphy says:

    I do use a whitening toothpaste now.

  82. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I’ve never had braces before! I sometimes use a whitening toothpaste but not all the time

  83. Erica Best says:

    I had a love hate with my mine i love the different color part

  84. Jennai says:

    No, I didn’t have braces as a kid. I didn’t know ANYBODY who did. Now all kids have them. including my own. I haven’t tried whitening them.

  85. Cynthia C says:

    I didn’t have braces as a kid but my sister did and I remember how much she hated them.

  86. Betty C says:

    I didn’t have braces as a child but I did have the gap between my front teeth. I simply used my fingers to push the teeth together. Every chance I got I was pushing on those teeth. Now there is no gap, but whether it is due to my efforts or just a natural progression will never be known. I use Sensodyne for sensitivity but haven’t noticed any significant difference in the color of my teeth.

  87. Linda says:

    No I didn’t have braces as a kid, wish now that I did!

  88. angie says:

    I did not have braces as a kid but wanted them really badly because I thought they were cool. hahaha! I have tried whitening products in the past but do not use them currently.

  89. Denise L says:

    I didn’t need braces but TOTALLY wanted them. After seeing my daughter go through it, I’m glad now that I never had them! I choose whitening toothpaste every once in awhile, but not regularly.

  90. Debbie B says:

    i did not have braces as a kid. i do use a whitening toothpaste now

  91. Tabathia B says:

    I have never tried sensodyne before or used a whitening toothpaste or strip. I never had braces either, I don’t think I would have enjoyed wearing them all day, but the new ones that are clear would be something that I would have tried if I needed braces

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  92. Bert Ruiz says:

    I did not have braces as a kid and I am not a big fan of them. I do not use whitening products but I would give them a try #SweepstakesEntry

  93. Shawn Gallagher says:

    I never had braces I guess I was lucky, and we just buy whitening toothpaste here

  94. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I never had braces but I thought they were cool when I was younger and I use whitening toothpaste all the time!

  95. amanda whitley says:

    i didnt have braces as a child but think my daughter might need them. i use whitening products but they usually irritate my teeth. love this toothpaste!

  96. Jerry Marquardt says:

    My teeth are super sensitive, so I would definitely love Sensodyne True White toothpaste.

  97. Terry Stevens says:


  98. Terry Stevens says:

    I had braces as a child but have never tried any teeth whitening products.

  99. Margaret Smith says:

    I never had braces. I use whitening toothpaste and at times whitening strips. Thanks so much.

  100. Judith V says:

    I never had braces and I don’t have sensitive teeth but I have been using sensodyne for years. I love the way many teeth feel..

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  102. Tarissa says:

    I did have braces as a teen, and I used some whitening strips as soon as I got those off. Since then, I haven’t done anything else like that my teeth, but I would like to try some whitening toothpaste like Sensodyne.

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