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I like having really white teeth. Whether it's genetics or my impeccable oral hygiene habits (I'm over exaggerating there), my teeth have always been fairly white. However, with years of coffee drinking, the occasional glass of red wine, and my six year stint of deciding I couldn't stand to deal with having my teeth cleaned (I hate the noise), my teeth were getting more yellow than I wanted, and, while I had had good results with some over the counter stuff, I decided to go ahead and get them professionally whitened, especially since the time commitment was small, they promised no sensitivity, and the price was right. (read more)
NUYU TEETH WHITENING VIDEO REVIEW
If you'd rather watch instead of read, here you go:
NUYU TEETH WHITENING PROCESS
Some things in this review are going to be subject to your location (such as cost), but one thing that should remain the same is the process, so I'll go through that step by step, then I'll cover things like cost, sensitivity afterward, and of course alternative teeth whitening methods you can get over the counter and use at home.
There was no prep required for my NUYU teeth whitening appointment. Of course I brushed my teeth before going, but beyond that, you just need to show up.
I was taken to a private room where the receptionist set up my procedure from start to finish. First she opened the NUYU package and handed me a separate package containing a small "finger glove" that I put on my first finger. Then she taped a lovely bib to my shirt and instructed me to brush my teeth with the finger glove, clearing off any food that you might have left on your teeth from lunch, or whatever.
Here I am brushing my teeth. It was mint flavored and not unpleasant, but it felt weird and didn't really feel like it would get in between your teeth well at all.
After I'd "touched up" my teeth, she handed me a q-tip filled with oil. She broke the seal on one end, then instructed me to hold it up, fuzzy cotton end pointing down, until the oil drained into the cotton. This is Vitamin E and is supposed to keep you from getting sensitivity, which I am very prone to with most teeth whitening procedures.
I rubbed the Q-tip all over my gums, and then all over my lips and the outside of my lips, since she said that things might get a bit dry because of how you have to sit for the half hour procedure, mouth stretched wide, basically.
Once I was all oiled up, she explained a few things before I actually bit down on the whitening tray.
First, you're going to be sitting in one spot for a half hour. You won't be able to move, and you really won't be able to read because you've got these glasses on that turn everything red. If you're prone to getting bored, I'd recommend bringing along an audiobook and earphones.
She also explained that you're going to drool, which is just lovely. She gave me a little glass bowl with a paper towel in the bottom and told me to use it to catch my drool. If you can avoid drooling, great, it does dilute the whitening gel, so it's best if you don't drool, but since I have no idea how to keep myself from drooling, this didn't work out for me.
Once the explanations were done, she held up a tooth display and picked my current shade, then took a picture so she could show me an accurate before and after.
Here is my before, as you can see, my teeth are already quite white.
Once that picture was taken, she asked me where I wanted to sit. I opted for a padded bench against the wall so I could rest my back against the wall. I was hoping this would make it easier to catch any drool as well, but it turns out that it wasn't an issue for me, since all the drool went down my throat.
She gave me the tray to bite down on and went over it to make sure I was biting correctly. Bsically you want to bite slowly so the gel coats the front of your teeth. You also want to bite in the middle of the gel to avoid pushing it out of the mold.
Since the whitening takes place by having the light refract off the gel, the more gel on the front of your teeth, exposed to the light, the better.
She actually helped me bite down, moving the tray so I got it just right.
Once you've bitten down your lips rest on the protrusion. For me it made a complete seal, which is why my drool went in rather than out.
After I was comfortable, she positioned the light at my mouth, hooked me up with some super cool glasses, then turned the light on, telling me that her best advice was that I not look at the timer. I think she even offered to put a piece of tape over it.
It's a lot like working out with a timer on the screen, it makes everything take twice as long.
My procedure started, so I had nothing to do but wait, and take a picture for this post.
Thirty minutes later, the timer went off and I got up to rinse my mouth.
Of course I looked in the mirror right away, and I noticed that my gums were blanched in places, almost entirely white. She had told me that this was a possibility, but that it normally went away within a half hour, and wouldn't last longer than 24 hours. My blanching had faded within an hour.
I also noticed that some spots on my teeth were much whiter than others, but she assured me that this would also diminish within 24 hours, and now that I look at the picture I realize you really can't see it, even right after the procedure.
Since the tooth whitening continues for 24 hours, you'll want to stay away from things that can stain your teeth during that time, like wine, coffee, chocolate, etc.
I drank coffee the next morning, about 18 hours later.
There's my before tooth color pulled up on the right, and my after tooth color in front of my teeth.
NUYU TEETH WHITENING BEFORE AND AFTER
I feel like before and after pictures like this are hard to see unless they are side by side, so as soon as I got home I took another picture and compared it to one I'd taken before I left the house.
As you can tell, they are quite a bit whiter, even though I felt like they were already pretty white.
Now, let's talk cost, sensitivity, and at home alternatives.
NUYU TEETH WHITENING COST