- I tried Lumineux whitening strips the 8 weeks leading up to my wedding.
- I was surprised about the messiness of the process, but pleased to not experience sensitivity.
- My teeth lightened up a little, but good lighting and makeup really made my smile shine.
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Next to lipstick and the bright white of a wedding dress, I worried they’d appear yellow.
I asked the dentist: How much improvement is possible in 10 weeks?
However, after consulting with a pearly-white-toothed friend who uses whitening strips sold on Amazon for $US50 ($AU68) per 21-day pack, I decided to save some money for other wedding expenses and give the strips a shot.
After my first application, I didn’t feel any tooth sensitivity — but I did feel nauseous.
I think it was anxiety — the idea of accidentally swallowing the chemicals creeped me out, but after reading the ingredients list (things like coconut oil and lemon peel), I relaxed and never felt nauseous again.
That could be why Lumineux boasts a “certified non-toxic” label, but that doesn’t mean other whitening strips, which the American Dental Association supports, are harmful.
That gave me time to wear them while starting work, since I typically didn’t have phone or video calls in that first 30 minutes. (Attempting to talk to anyone who doesn’t love you unconditionally while wearing them is not a good idea.)
Travel for another wedding and my bachelorette party threw me off, and on days I went into the office, I couldn’t pull off the morning routine. For better or worse, I’m not someone who does self-care at night.
I ended up ordering the Lumineux toothpaste ($US10 ($AU14)) along with another box of strips in an attempt to cram ahead of the big day.
Still, my teeth seemed brighter.
When picking up our rings, my then-fiancé commented, unprompted, on how good they looked. Perhaps it was the lighting in the jewelry store, but I took the compliment.
Still, I found the strips a relatively accessible, affordable, and discomfort-free way to give your mouth a modest upgrade.
I’ve never tried other at-home products like bleaching kits or peroxide-based whitening strips, but based on Insider’s review of teeth-whitening products, other options like Crest’s 3D Professional Effects Whitestrips may have been more effective — if I was willing to risk discomfort.