Friday, May 13, 2011

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Got my teeth whitened yesterday. I've been dying to do it for years but never wanted to spend the money. I have whitening trays and tried Crest Whitestrips, but have longed for the instant white an hour at the dentist's office could create!

So, when a Groupon came up for Zoom Whitening for only $150 I jumped on it as a Christmas present to myself. Yep, that was last December. It took me 3 months to get around to scheduling the appointment and then another two months to get in.

Do I have whiter teeth? Absolutely! But, oh, the pain! I really think it was worse than being in labor. The last 15 minute session I counted down the seconds, clenching my fist until it was over. Oh, yeah, I could take the electrifying zings that zapped through each random tooth like that arcade game where you hit the mole over the head. I would pay that price for pearly whites.

But did I know it would continue for the rest of the day and into the next? No, I didn't and I wouldn't do it again. My gums were not sore. They were carefully protected. It was my TEETH that felt literally raw. If it were air or cold, I would just keep my mouth firmly clenched shut. But that didn't help. 400mg of Motrin did not help. 400 more mg helped take the edge off. I finally rubbed Clove oil (Thanks DoTerra) all over my gums and teeth and then I could manage, but barely.

Today I'm still sensitive but it looks like I'll survive. What price do we pay for beauty? Pain is definitely not a price I'm willing to pay again. Yeow!! Zing! Zing!


Blue said...

Ang, I was like you...only I never had tried any kind of whitening strips or anything like that. I did wish for whiter teeth, and mentioned it to my (awesome) dentist. And as a kind of amazing pay-it-forward, he had his assistant take molds of my teeth and make me trays to wear and then gave me the whitening system. I was so excited. I went home and the first night I used the trays (supposed to do it for 7 nights) I woke up and was in so much pain that I couldn't eat all day. It was ridiculous. I wondered if I kept it on too long, so the next time (a few days later) I left it on for only 4 the same effect. So I have this very generous gift of teeth whitening that they were so kind to make for me, and I can't abide using it! I feel your pain. So sorry!!! We can be yellow fellows together :-)

Cindy said...

Yikes!! I had no idea that it hurt!!