A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words

by Migdalia Rivera

I was laying down in a horizontal position preparing myself for what was to come. I knew today would be the day! He came in, smiled and told me to relax. I remember soft music playing in the background as I tried to keep my mind off of what was to come. I saw him pick up a sterile instrument and look at me.

Was it my imagination or did I see a maniacal look in his eyes?

He came toward me as his assistant put her hand on my shoulder. As I averted my eyes from his, I noticed her gazing at me with sympathy. She seemed to understand how I felt.

“Has she been through this as well?”, I thought.

Before I had a chance to dwell on it, I felt the metal touch me.

“Relax”, he said as he squeezed some type of fluid on me.

I couldn’t.

I felt trapped.

I couldn’t speak.

I wanted desperately to escape.

I grasped at the metal instrument trying to get it out of me! As I did so, the office became a hive of activity. He was screaming at me to stay still, while the nurse tried to grab my arms. It did no use.

I tried to scream but couldn’t.

I was gagging.

It burned.


Remembering that day in the Dentist’s office leaves me shaking. I went in to lighten the color my teeth. Yet the only thing I lighten that day was my purse. I also had burned gums from trying to yank out the metal instrument inserted in my mouth and a real dose of Dental anxiety that I had never experienced before.

[Sidenote: The burned gums were caused by the bleaching creme. The metal instrument was used to hold my mouth open so that the creme would not touch my cheeks or gums. When I tried to yank out the instrument, the bleach touched my gums and burned them. OUCH!]

As a coffee drinker, my teeth were stained. After my divorce, I went on a “beautifying kick”. I was going to show the world what I was made of! Ms. Latina was going to dazzle others every time she opened her mouth. HA! After that incident, I could barely open my mouth!

Suffice it to say that after that experience, I was very happy with the color of my teeth. Even the fact that only my upper teeth got brightened. So if you bump into me one day and are dazzled by the whiteness of my upper teeth, than shocked at the difference of my lower teeth, please imagine my plight and subsequent anxiety when I discovered that I would be unable to close my mouth or speak for one whole hour! GASP!

Hopefully, this will change before you meet me. I am going to try the Crest 3D Whitestrips because if my smile is going to speak a thousand words, I need to make sure it fully represents my sparkly demeanor! ;)

Smile Crest 3D Whitestrips - Before

This is my before pic. I never realized I had a crooked smile till I took it! Go figure! See after pic here.

Share your story: Have you whitened your teeth? How did you do it?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post created for Crest 3D Whitestrips. All opinions and dental anxiety are strictly my own.

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mercedes @BeChicMag September 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

What a fun post! And your teeth love fabulous!

2 Unknown Mami September 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I’ve only used at home brighteners and that’s enough for me.

3 Lourdes September 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Your teeth look fabulous. Crest 3D strips really work. Love them.

4 Isolated Existence September 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Wow! An hour, that’s a long time. Your teeth look beautiful though ;-)
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5 Hwopr September 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I personally used the professional Crest Strips from my dentist office, a bit pricey but I loved the results. I’m currently using Crest 3D strips along with their mouthwash to maintain and I’m very pleased with my results. I must say, you made a great choice ;) so excited to see your after pic…. Ttys ;)

6 Li September 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Ive been a usr of crest whitestrips for a few years & recently bought 3d whitestrips.they’re great & don’t strip ur enamel. I’ve thought of professional whitening but this sounds like a true horror! I,sticking w/ my non invasive strips! Lol!

7 Chantilly Patiño (@biculturalmom) September 26, 2011 at 5:00 am

Omg…that was horrific…lol. You had me going there and I’m so glad that it was just a dentist visit. Even so, I would be upset if they hadn’t prepared me for a procedure like that…more to the fact, I probably wouldn’t even do it. The whitening strips are a good idea, especially is your have dental anxiety. So sorry you had to go through that.
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8 Bren @ B So Chic!™ September 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

Girl, pls let me know how these work for you! I have an appt for a cleaning next month but have seriously been considering doing strips for a while…. my teeth are in great shape but i wouldn’t mind being a bit more pearly white!
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