Thursday, March 27, 2008

Just use the White Strips

I had my six month check up today. As always, my teeth are in great shape. I am blessed to have a really good mouth. That could also be directly correlated with how much I talk.

The hygienist always takes care of the crappy part of scraping and polishing. Normally, I see Shelia. We've become friends over the past eight years. Today I had Karen who while nice, wasn't as on top of things as Shelia.

She spoke to me a lot as if I were seven years old. "See that machine? We're going to be putting the x-ray thingy in your mouth. Are you ready to make your mouth really big?" Weirdo.

Halfway through, the dentist came over to give me his two minute blessing. He's ecstatic with my teeth, but made a recommendation "You may want to consider whitening your teeth at this stage since they are beginning to get a little dingy."

My teeth have definitely become more of an antique white than a true white, but hey, I deserve to have beautiful teeth. "Sure, let's look into that," I said.

When he left, I asked Karen about the price. "It doesn't cost that much."

They took molds of my teeth so they could...well, I'm not really sure why they did. Then Karen gave me a follow-up appointment to do the bleaching.

As I checked out, I told Robin, the receptionist I was making my teeth sexier. She laughed.

"By the way, what is the actual amount for the whitening?" I asked.
"$1500.00," she replied.

I think my exact words words were "Are you fucking kidding me?"

When I explained my surprise, she went back to speak with Karen. Robin came back and then apologized to me.

Needless to say, I canceled the appointment. As I left, I turned to Robin and said, "So what does a hygienist here make if $1500 is considered a cheap procedure?

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10 Comments:

Blogger Childsplayx2 said...

No one said staying pretty is cheap.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Mamma said...

Since when did the dentist's office become a car dealership??

damn.

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Just use paint. I'm sure you can get quite a big tin for about $10

4:39 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

DAMN! I'd live with the "antique white" than drop a grand and a half...!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Rich | Championable said...

I think you mean that your partner is blessed.

Ha. Um. Anyway.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

Having gone the route of the "professional" whitening before (it was my "hey, you can now legally teach" present), the cost for me was about a third. It works better than the white strips, but they work as well too. Better do it now before you look, well, British.

The molds? They give you the whitening gel, you put it in the tray, and do it at home. You are paying the money for the "custom" molded trays, which you can purchase at Target. The levels of bleach aren't that much higher than at Target to tell you the truth.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

Wow, I drove by a dentist the other day, not mine, that had a sign for whitening at $300. I may take him up on it.

I tried putting the White Stripes on my teeth, but that drummer girl wouldn't sit still.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Holy crap... that's insane! Those cheapy whitening strips you get at Target actually work but it takes forever and you have to stick them on your teeth for like 1/2 hour every day and they taste horrible and they make you drool so you're sucking in and swallowing old warm whitening spit and...

Wait, maybe $1500 isn't so bad.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

I was quoted around $300 and I didn't want to pay that! I didn't think the strips were all that bad if I used them in the shower since I'm keeping my mouth closed against soap anyway. Plus, you can't feel yourself drooling.

8:41 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

Wow! I didn't realize sexy had that kind of price.

12:38 AM  

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