Monday, 19 February 2018

Teeth brushing - its so black and white πŸ€”

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal - no longer just for putting on the fire, creating a great smokey eye or for dog biscuits!

Like me you may have seen a lot of health and beauty products featuring the black stuff.  It seems to be getting everywhere - face masks (even fancy magnetic ones), face scrubs etc. and now... toothpaste.

I recently purchased a tube of Ecodenta extra black, whitening toothpaste from Holland & Barrett, mainly because I had a £5.50 loyalty voucher to use up.

Whilst buying some fab Collagen Beauty Milk (well worth it) I saw this the toothpaste on offer at £2.25 and after reading a few reviews I thought, why not give it a go?πŸ›
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse

It comes in quite a smart looking tube which aesthetically pleased me as it matched my Sonicare Black Diamond Toothbrush.
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

It is also vegan and does not include fluoride which may tick a couple of boxes for you.

Now for the kinda obvious part, the paste itself is most definitely b-l-a-c-k.

It is the same consistency as regular toothpaste however it doesn't froth.  Once you start brushing it then turns grey - and I found this most alarming!

Maybe I am a bit old fashioned, but I now realise I am a bit of traditionalist when it comes to toothpaste colour.

I can tolerate pale blue, and maybe some stripes but on the whole I think toothpaste should be white.
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

I tend to stare blankly at myself in the mirror whilst I brush my teeth as I like to let the Sonicare do its job (which it is very good at, even if it is on the pricey side).

However staring in the mirror to watch my teeth turning grey just felt weird - it was almost like immediate ageing!

Of course it all rinsed away and I dare say it may well clean them very well but after only one use I decided that Charcoal toothpaste is just not my bag.

The taste was fine, minty, but I hated the colour and the non foaming, plus there is one other important thing to point out and that's b-l-o-o-d!

I don't have the best gums in the world, due partly to some ill fitting crowns and a bit of family history of gum disease.

This means I do on occasions spit blood after brushing - and this would not show up with a Charcoal toothpaste, as gross as it sounds I do need to know.

Other uses for toothpaste?

I am now left with a tube of something I don't want in my mouth, but neither do I want it in the bin.

Do a Google search and you will find many uses for toothpaste, such as:
  • Brushing your teeth! πŸ˜†
  • Removing minor furniture scratches
  • Cleaning jewellery
  • Healing spots
  • ...plus many more..
I have a few old manual tootbrushes that I use to clean round the kitchen and bathrooms taps and to get into the grooves round the toaster, shower head etc.

I decided to see how the toothpaste would fare cleaning round the bathroom sink tap.

It made a lovely mess to start off with, but with a good scrub and a lot of rinsing it came up a treat.   Good enough to admire yourself in - no mousing around! πŸ­πŸ˜†
tonic giggler mouse admiring himself
So, not for the bathroom shelf after all, but the cleaning cupboard under the sink.

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I don't like to throw things away unnecessarily and would always try and reuse/recycle them.

What do you do if something just isn't right? 
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Monday, 5 February 2018

I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22!

Invisalign tray number 22, halfway there - update #3

Tray number 22 is the hump tray - tray 22 of 43 so I am officially halfway through my 'invisalign journey'.

So far so good.  If you have read my earlier posts you will know that I am speeding along now.  I started off changing trays every 2 weeks but at tray 12 I was told I could do a weekly change. πŸ˜ƒ

I am still managing to do that once a week with no real problems.  Tray number 18 was a bit tricky to get in (top only) as was number 20 but this was just the first time.

I don't want to be in a position where a tray won't go in so I am really making sure when they are in they are sitting tight and I am using my chewies a lot.

What's a chewie?
Moomin tray and an aligner chewie

A bit difficult to make them look pretty but chewies are small rubber coloured cylinders with a hole through the middle which you chew on once your tray is in to make it sit nice and tight.

My orotodontist said to chew until my jaw started to ache.

The chewing process is quite noisy and a bit anti-social, I sound like a donkey eating an apple!  Plus chewing makes you produce saliva which occasionally squirts out through the hole!!  So I don't do it in public.

I have a lot of chewies in the house and car in various states of deterioration.  Unlike Bunny's (my cockapoo) kong they are not indestructible.

When I go to the orthodontist for a check up every 6-8 weeks I pick up some more.

Check ups and more

If you are going to go down the Invisalign route you need to be prepared that:
  • It is expensive £3000+ in my case (I was able to get some back on insurance)
  • It is not a quick fix. It is a commitment in time, be prepared for 12-18 months
  • Wearing the trays could hurt...
  • People may notice - the trays are great but not totally invisible (although in my case people only see them if I draw attention to them)
  • Attachments - more likely than not you will have to have these (they are not permanent)
  • You will have to take the trays out every time you eat or drink (but not coffee/tea!)
  • You will be have to make regular trips to the orthodontist for check ups - so make sure you like them!
The check ups are very straight forward and there is never any pain.  Apart from a visual check the only physical thing that happens is my orthodontist files my teeth a little between the gaps to make sure they have room to move.

The file is tiny, thinner than a piece of paper and really gentle.

What does 22 look like?

Below is tray number 22 fresh out of the packet.
Invisalign trays on a moomin  wooden tray

And here is tray 22 above tray 1.
Invisalign trays on a moomin  wooden tray
Tray number 1 looks so grotty because it was in for 2 weeks and as I said earlier I don't have to take them out to drink coffee (but I would if I took it with sugar).

Caffeine stains the trays.  I have got some Retainer Brite Tablets that can be used to clean trays and giving the trays a brush helps too (they never smell).  But I will be honest, I don't do a lot of tray cleaning...

You get two trays in each pack - top and bottom teeth.  I have laid the trays out top then bottom.  What you can really notice is the difference between the top trays.

Top tray 1, has a much narrower arch, with tray 22 the arch is getting wider and a wider arch means a wider smile, plus in my case less of an overbite and my front teeth are being gently pushed back.

The changes are subtle but it shows my teeth are definitely moving.

Once you have finished with a tray there is no need to keep it but I have kept them all so far, it is a great way to see the difference.

Expect to hear more from me when I get into my late 30's!!

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