Switching up my Oral Health Routine: Colgate Optic White and Oral B Clinical Pro Flex Review

I have a long and harrowing history with my teeth. One that involved my absolutely hating brushing my teeth as a kid, and developed into a decade-long affair with some serious orthodontia. And when i say serious, I mean serious. I had a lot of issues ranging from consistent, intense, terrible grinding (continues to this day) induced by my anxious personality, to cavity issues caused by weakened teeth, to an overbite which mandated a headgear (yeah I was one of those kids), to crooked teeth which took years of braces to straighten out.


Nowadays, I get complimented on my smile and even my teeth themselves. I try to do the best I can to prevent their decline. But, to be honest, I drink way more coffee and soda than I should, and my favorite sodas are highly acidic! It's going to stain my teeth!

I recently switched to Colgate Optic White toothpaste and I'm really happy with the switch. The flavor isn't too harsh (a real turn off for me) and I am totally enjoying the whitening agent.


Before I made the switch, I looked into whitening options. I had thought about teeth-whitening for a while, partially because my soda habit is pretty serious, and also because I figured it was a good idea to start now and work on whitening over time than attempting to undergo a dramatic, expensive whitening procedure later when hustling to look good for graduation or even wedding photos (a lot of my friends have expressed to me a fear that they're teeth would be a stark contrast to the white of a wedding dress!). My mother used whitening strips and to be honest, I didn't think it fit in with my lifestyle. I tried them once and found them uncomfortable. I thought about whitening toothpastes but I didn't really know what was in them and thought that bleaching was probably a bad idea.

I learned that Colgate Optic White uses hydrogen peroxide, which is used in some teeth whitening procedures, and isn't terribly harsh. Optic White is safe for every day use and gets best results in about 4 weeks, and after that it sort of plateaus and is more about maintaining the white that you now have. It's about the strongest whitening you can get from an everyday toothpaste.

I thought it would be a good idea to switch since I really like my smile, and this seemed like the easiest way to make it as white as possible. I've noticed that my teeth are whiter after a few weeks of use, and the best part is that I didn't have to change my routine! Do you know how great it is to have your teeth whitened without having to worry about an appointment or setting aside a block of time in your day to stick a yucky piece of plastic in your mouth? It's AWESOME!

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I also swapped out my toothbrush for the new Oral B Pro Health Clinical Pro Flex. I'd recently attended a chat in which I was informed that in order to stay healthy, you're actually supposed to swap out your toothbrush every 3-6 months. Somehow I missed this memo? I'd been using an electric toothbrush for years and I had swapped the head maybe a grand total of 3 times. (TMI? Maybe.) I took a long hard look at my electric toothbrush: it was sad and battered like a salty sailor who'd seen too many storms-- and the bacterial field day that was every sinus infection I've had the past few years (hint, I had more than 5. Maybe my overuse of that Sonicare was part of it).


I'd really liked the Oral B Pro Health ones in the past, but the new Pro Health Clinical Pro Flex looked like some serious business. Fortunately, I happened to be with my friend whose sister is a dental hygienist, and her sister was called in. Apparently the Clinical Pro Flex were amazing in clinical trials. I am extremely satisfied with the level of clean I get from this toothbrush!

So maybe it's not a terribly exciting post, but I'm excited to head into this new year with whiter teeth. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to kick my soda habit, unless it's needed for caffeine reasons when studying, so I'm hoping to really brighten up in the teeth department once I stop habitually staining. 2014: Clean Slate, Clean Mouth. Um, well maybe I'll aim higher than that, but it's a good start, you know?

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