updated 10/20/2006 5:55:09 PM ET 2006-10-20T21:55:09

Your teeth are gleaming white. Or in some cases blue. And maybe sensitive to air conditioning, cold water and even breathing. But you look good. Was it worth it?

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When we asked readers to weigh in with their experiences bleaching their teeth, we learned how much some of you have suffered for beauty.

One reader described a pain so piercing it made him jump, but he doesn't regret it: "The teeth are whiter now, even three years later and I am happy."

Granted, some of you brought it on yourselves by being overly ambitious and using your whitening strips for longer periods of time than recommended. But others followed directions to the letter and still wound up in agony.

"Now I drink everything through a straw due to very sensitive teeth," wrote one dental assistant who over-whitened.

One said her whitening experience was more excruciating than childbirth without an epidural: "I have never gone through anything like that in my life and will NEVER again."

Read on for more reader responses:

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