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One of the products I have tried in my quest for white teeth is Crest White Strips. I had used them previously in The US when I lived there and bought a box back with me last year when I visited as I couldn't find any in Boots when I looked the other year. My teeth are not too bad but they are not the whitest they could be and having lived in California where white teeth were essential I liked to use these every couple of months to give my teeth a bit of a white boost.
According to an article I read, Crest Whitestrips were introduced in 2001 and have become the number one selling teeth whitening product in the US. I can see why this is. They are not amazingly expensive, probably about £20 for a box of strips and are fairly easy to use with hardly any side effects.
Like I've said these strips are fairly easy to use and not too uncomfortable like some teeth whitening treatments are. I like the fact that you do not have to use a mouth guard with these. The strips are basically little strips of thin plastic that already has an enamel safe whitening gel. The strip comes on a thick plastic backing strip which you peel off and are left with just the gel on the thin plastic strip. THe gel is in little tiny dots and when you put this over your teeth the gel helps the plastic strip to stick there throughout the time you need them on your teeth. You can move the plastic strip around and get it over the teeth just where you want it and I like the fact that you can move it until you are happy with the placement. The plastic will actually form over your teeth too so you do get a nice coverage over your teeth.
The strips stay on for about 25 minutes and its a little bit annoying to have this on your teeth but not painful in any way. I find it is better to do the top teeth and then do the bottom teeth afterwards as having the strip on can make you salivate quite a bit and you need to be able to get rid of it by the teeth that do not have a strip on. After the time is up you just rub the gel away, do not use a toothbrush to brush it away as this is too abrasive to your teeth. Sometime if you find your teeth are a bit sensitive you can feel this gel giving your teeth that bit of a sting and afterwards they might be a bit tender for a day or too but there are hardly any side effects with using this teeth whitening gel which I like.
I have always been fairly pleased with the results I get from these strips. They will not give your teeth a brilliant white shine but they do change the shade of your teeth by one or two shades and make them a bit more cleaner looking and bright. I would say the effect lasts for a couple of months so you do need to sue these strips again but I think they are fairly good value and easy to use so I would recommend getting them.
After a quick search on the internet I see you can order them from specialist websites here in the UK and this may be something I do when this box runs out.
I've been very self concious about my teeth from a young age and have tried what seems like everything to make them brighter and shinier! I talked to my dentist who told me that my natural tooth colour was slightly yellow (I don't drink coffee or wine) and that professional tooth whitening was an option. I don't have the money for that so I set about searching for an at-home whitening kit and found that Crest Whitestrips was the product that most people recommended. I gave it a go and I couldn't agree more: these strips have done wonders for my smile and self esteem!
I found them on ebay for a very low price (£11) compared to what I would pay on the website. You receive 14 packets which contain one strip for the upper teeth and one for the lower ones, so it only takes 2 weeks to whiten. You apply the strips once a day for 5 minutes and it really is that simple! The strips are coated with a peroxide-infused gel which makes them stick to your teeth and you just pop them on and go about doing other things for 5 minutes. It doesn't taste awful or leave you incapable to speak like some of the tray style whitening kits do (I answered the front door and was able to get my words out fine thankfully haha!). You probably won't notice a difference for the first few applications but I definitely saw a difference after a week. After two weeks I was thrilled with the results and I would honestly recommend this product to anyone who feels less than confident about their smile.
The instructions are easy to follow and provide all the information you will need. It is advisable that you refrain from brushing your teeth right before applying the strips. Also, they will lie flat on your teeth so you may want to do what I do and use your fingernail to press down on the strip in between teeth to ensure that the sides of the tooth are also going to be whitened. They are simple to peel off and if there is any gel left on your teeth after removing the strip, you can use water or just your finger to wipe it off. The strips are designed to be longer than your teeth so you can fold the excess over in order to keep the strip in place and also whiten a bit of the back of the tooth.
The instructions say that the Whitestrips will not whiten caps, crowns, veneers, fillings or dentures so it's important to note that if you have any of these things. Personally I didn't have any discomfort but this may be because my teeth aren't particularly sensitive. The instructions advise people who are experiencing discomfort to avoid using the strips for 2-3 days and then start again. I have done 2 rounds of the Whitestrips with a year in between. I noticed the biggest difference after the first 2 weeks and then after a year the colour of my teeth dulled and I needed to do it again. It won't provide permanent change to the colour of your teeth but if you're looking for a quick, easy and cheap confidence boost- look no further than Crest Whitestrips!
I actually tried the Crest White Strips Classic about 4 years ago. I never particularly had problems with yellowing teeth but my smile wasn't as bright as it could be. A co-worker with extremely white teeth sactually referred me to this product. She stated she had once gotten her teeth professionally whitened by her dentist but uses the White Strips to keep the professional whitening from fading especially since she is a big coffee drinker.
I purchased a package of the "Classic" strips for about $27 USD....These may be cheaper now. As I remember the package came with 24 strips for top and bottom teeth and the directions advised you to use them 2 daily for 2 weeks to see results. I must admit I'm not the greatest at keeping up with regimens. I started off really well....then after the first 3 days of diligently using the strips twice daily of course I did fall off the band wagon. I still used them but only as I remembered and only at night. The directions advised you to leave the strips on for 15 minutes each use but I usually left them it a bit longer; especially since I wasn't using them as often as directed. (Of course not that I would recommend not using the product as directed;) ). If you need to see dramatic results I would suggest using the product as directed. Its really convenient to use, I just have a bad habit of not following through. Its convenient to pop them in right before getting into the shower or bath and take them out when you finish so it would be very easy to fit them into the busiest schedule. Also, I know some people tend to experience sensitivity with some whitening products and I just would like to note that I didn't experience any with this product.
I noticed great results right away even without using the strips daily within the first 2 weeks. After this I fell back to using the strips every so often just to brighten up. The box lasted me 3 months using it sparingly and I must admit the result were FANTASTIC! I even got compliments from others about this.
I later tried a cheaper product called 5 Minute Whitening that didn't work nearly as well and as quick as the White Strips so when I'm in need of a little brightening I would definately purchase these again! It is a great alternative to expensive professional whitening...
I first discovered Crest white strips two years ago. I'm a big coffee drinker and it started to show a bit on my teeth. I didn't have major staining but enough for me to notice a difference in the colour of my teeth and enough for me to want to do something about it. As another reviewer mentioned, you see a lot of people on tv and in magazines etc with pearly whites these days and it can make you feel really conscious about your own.
I had a look around online to see if I could find some prices on the whitening treatments offered by dentists and found a few treatments on offer unfortunately all of which were way out of my price range so I started looking for a cheaper alternative. There are loads of whitening toothpastes out there, most of which I'd tried and quite a few kits that come with trays but after reading reviews none of them seemed to be what I was looking for. The only really positive reviews I came across were the ones for Crest white strips. I'd never heard of them before but they sounded great and I decided to give them a go.
I can't actually remember where I purchased the first box from, I think it may have been Ebay and I think they were from an international seller. They seemed to be pretty hard to get hold of over here so I was really hoping I wouldn't be disappointed. The parcel took quite a while to get over here but when it finally turned up I unwrapped it and scanned through the instructions. You're supposed to apply either one lot of strips a day for thirty minutes or you have the option of applying two lots for quicker results. I opted for the two lots because I'm quite inpatient when waiting for products to show results.
The strips are individually packaged in little foil sachets. Each sachet contains with one strip inside for either upper or lower teeth, which one is stated on the packet. There isn't a whole lot of difference between the two; the lower ones are just slightly smaller. You're supposed to apply them on to dry unbrushed teeth for best results. I find rubbing them with a tissue works, it just helps the strips to stay in the right place for longer and slip less. Getting the actual strips out of the packet can be a bit fiddly; they're small strips of clear, gel covered, almost tape like material that you have to peel off of a piece of plastic. I find speed helps here, if you mess around too much it's easy to get them stuck to fingers which is not only a waste of a product but they can also bleach your fingers white too. I panicked when this first happened and rushed to check the instructions which do warn you about this but also say that it's temporary which was a relief.
Now once you managed to peel off the strips you have to position them on to your teeth which again can be pretty tricky until you get the hang of it. The easiest way to do it is to lightly position them where you want them and once you're happy push them down and gently fold any excess strip under/around your teeth, making sure that they're aren't covering any gums which can also turn temporarily turn white. Once they're actually stuck on, they're really not too bad. They aren't particularly uncomfortable and I'm still able to talk when wearing them. When the thirty minutes are up, you peel them off and remove (I gently brush away) any excess gel which doesn't taste very pleasant and your done.
The results I got with these weren't actually bad. I used them for the full amount of time on a daily basis and I definitely noticed a difference in the colour of my teeth. There wasn't a huge difference but they were brighter and whiter and generally looked cleaner which I was pleased with but I still didn't get the really white teeth I was after. I went on another online search and found some more info on whitestrips, not only do they make the classic strips but they also make a premium range which is a step up from the classic and a supreme range which are the strongest out of the lot so I decided to order another box (also from ebay) of the supremes to see if I got better results.
These were more expensive than the classics, I think they ended up costing me about £40.00 for a full box of 84 strips again from America but these were definitely worth the money. You're supposed to use them in the same way as the classics, I went with the double application again and I started seeing some major results after the second use. After the first week my teeth were around 8 shades whiter, in fact I got asked on quite a few occasions if I'd had them done professionally. They really were gleaming, I couldn't believe that I'd got such good results out of a DIY at home whitening kit that cost me forty quid. As I said, I had seen results with the classics but the results with these were amazing.
Now the only downside to the supremes is tooth sensitivity. It does warn you in the instructions on both the leaflets that you may experience some discomfort/sensitivity but I have to admit, I didn't pay much attention because I had no problems with the classics. Everything was fine for the first week of use but after that I had some major pain and my teeth were kind of on edge all the time. On a couple of occasions I actually took painkillers and I also drank hot and cold drinks through a straw. After this I obviously decided to stop using them which is what the instructions suggest and consulted a friend who's a dentist. He told me that any sort of whitening products can make teeth sensitive and suggested using a tooth paste like sensodyne to help. The pain went away after a couple of days and my teeth went back to normal, thankfully but this is something to bear in mind if you already suffer from sensitive teeth. Another thing that you can do to help is to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth a couple of weeks before even starting to use these which I have done since and it has helped a lot.
The whitening effects that the supremes gave me lasted for a good few months after. I cut down on the coffee and tea which obviously helped and although they were less white than when I finished the first lot of strips they still stayed nice and looked a lot whiter than they were before I used them. I still had some left from the original box which I used every six months or so just to lighten my teeth up again and I have repurchased since. I find I only need to use them for 3 or 4 days just to bring them back up to scratch which is also reduces the sensitivity significantly.
If you're looking for a whitening kit that's relatively easy to use at home and relatively inexpensive then Crest whitestrips are definitely worth looking in to. If you want something that's really going to lighten your smile then I'd leave the classics and go with the supremes because they do what they promise but be prepared for the sensitivity!
When I was younger I was really lazy at brushing my teeth, for some reason I absolutely detested doing so and only did it in the mornings, and never at night. In my teenage years and early adulthood I have paid the price for my neglect. Nobody has ever commented that my teeth look yellow, but it was always the first thing I noticed in pictures of myself, it would make me cringe. This was made worse when I would watch trashy american TV shows like The Hills and see their amazing white sparkling teeth and look at them in envy! I'd used a few home whitening kits at home when I was about 18 but they never seemed to ever make any difference so I resigned myself to the fact that I will never be able to afford a whitening product that works, and I'd have to save up to get it professionally done at the dentist in a few years.
After getting together with my boyfriend in 2008 he happened to mention to me that he used to use Crest Whitestrips and that they really helped whiten his teeth! He has a spare box in his house so he gave it to me to have a go. I noticed that these were actually out of date in 2006!!! But after a quick google i found out that this just means that they are less effective than they would be when they were in date, and using them wouldn't put myself in any physical danger. I decided to use them!
The strips themselves come in a blue and white foil packet with the crest logo on and a few instructions on the back. There is a small perforation to the side of the packet that you can use to gently tear open the packet without causing any damage to the strips. Once you've opened the packet there is a small plastic sheet inside with two strips attached, one for the top row of your teeth and one for the bottom row. There are marks in the plastic which allow you to easily remove the strips without them getting stuck to your fingers. The next part is tricky! I find it's best to start with the top row of teeth first. You have to place the strip on your top teeth and then fold it underneath and stick it to the back of your top teeth too. It's a lot trickier than it seems and it's hard making sure that it covers all your teeth and doesn't cover too much of your gums, or get stuck to your lips! Once I've done this I use my nail to gently push the strip between the small gaps in the teeth so that it covers the whole of my tooth. You then do the same for the bottom row of teeth. It's best if you pull your bottom lip outwards when doing so as it makes it a bit easier to get them on your teeth. The strips cover roughly the front 8 teeth, I would have liked it if they were longer to cover more of the teeth but I understand this would make them even more fiddly to get on your teeth and there might pose a risk of swallowing them etc.
Crest recommends that you leave the whitestrips on for 30 minutes a day. I've tried it for an hour and experienced EXTREME pain so I would definitely not recommend doing that! They say that you can go about your day to day activities whilst wearing the whitestrips but I tend to disagree with this. I definitely wouldn't eat or drink whilst wearing them and I struggle to talk with them in sometimes too. I just sit on my laptop for 30 minutes listening to my music and not moving my mouth to ensure they stay in their correct positions! The strips do stick to your teeth quite well but if you move your tongue up against them, this can cause them to dislodge and you have to run to the mirror to place them in the correct position again!
Once the 30 minutes are up then you simply peel the strips off your teeth and put them in the bin! It does leave some of the whitening product on your teeth which doesn't have the nicest taste so I just put some water on my toothbrush and gently brush my teeth until I can't taste it anymore. You shouldn't brush your teeth with toothpaste before or after applying the strips as this can reduce it's effectiveness.
Now, I think they work AMAZINGLY! I noticed a LOT of difference from the time that i used them a few years ago. Whilst it didn't make my teeth blindingly white, it removed a lot of the stains and I no longer felt self-conscious about my smile. This year for my birthday I asked for another box because I wanted to try some in-date ones this time and see how well they work! We managed to find some on eBay for only £20 for 28 days worth of strips (using one a day). You can't find these products in the UK, they are only available in America, and eBay has them a lot cheaper than the websites that I looked on too.
They worked even better this time!! I've used about 10 pairs of strips and there is a BIG difference! I've had people commenting on how nice and white my teeth are, something which has never happened to me before! I'm definitely going to finish the rest of the course and see how white they end up! Crest says that these results will last a good couple of years, so I will be buying top-ups every few years! :D
Now onto the main disadvantage for me: The sensitivity. You've heard the saying that women must suffer for their beauty? Well in this case, it's true! The first time I used it when I was about 20 minutes in I experienced a really sharp stabbing pain in one of my teeth. This wasn't the sort of pain that would be described as being normal to using the product. I can compare it to the time I got a filling at the dentist without anaesthetic and the dentist accidentally drilled into one of my nerves! I gasped and immediately ran to the bathroom to take them off. I'm not quite sure what happened then, maybe the whitening gel irritated one of my nerves and caused it to jolt! I don't know, but that hasn't happened since I'm pleased to say. However I do experience a lot of sensitivity in my teeth whilst using them. It says on the box to use twice a day and if it is sensitive then use once a day. I started off once a day and it was way too much for me! I now use them once every 3 or 4 days. Yes, it takes a lot longer to whiten them to the maximum but i find that giving my teeth a few days in-between to relax really minimises any pain I feel. You know that feeling in your teeth when you imagine fingernails on a chalkboard? You end up with that feeling CONSTANTLY! All on edge! I must stress that I have sensitive teeth already, and lots of people I know who don't have used these strips without any pain so it might just be because of that that I suffer a lot with them.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these, you just have to try them!! For an amazing price like that you will get amazing white sparkling teeth that looks just as good as you would get paying a dentist hundreds of pounds to whiten them.
Also written on Ciao under the same username.
I've been thinking about having my teeth whitened for some time now and the only thing putting me off is the cost really. Now don't get me wrong, I don't have yellow fangs or anything like that and my teeth aren't particularly discoloured as I don't drink much coffee or red wine, however they are a little discoloured and in photos recently I've noticed they're not quite as white as some of my friends. I spoke to my dentist and he suggested going down the dental whitening route which would set me back around £200 and would provide me with a gum moulded guard that I would fill with the whitening solution each night over a period of time. One of my friends suggested that before I pay for that I try Crest's Whitening Strips which she bought over in America and did whiten her teeth for a much lower price.
Now the Crest Whitening Strips can't actually be bought from any retailers in the UK and my friend suggested I try either websites which import them or Ebay. I actually found them to be cheaper on websites and bought my fourteen day supply (this is recommended as the best duration to use them for) from www.discounthealthproducts.co.uk where a fourteen day supply set me back £16.45 excluding postage costs. For this money I got twenty eight small foil packets which equated to a fourteen day supply as it's recommended that you apply the whitening strips twice a day for the most effective results. I'm not sure why they're not sold in the UK in stores such as Boots, I've not been able to find any information on the internet regarding this nor is there anyone who has reported negative effects.
The foil packets are light blue and silver in colour and contain the basic information such as brand and product name, they've also got a small incision on one side which enables you to tear the packet easily without damaging the contents. Inside is a clear plastic sheet which contains two strips, one for your upper teeth and one for your lower teeth. The plastic also has incisions on meaning it's easy to remove the strips without removing the whitening solution on your fingers. The directions suggest that you apply the top strip first, carefully ensuring it covers all your teeth and recommending that you push it into the gaps between your teeth too, before folding the bottom bit up under your teeth. The same process should then be repeated with the smaller strip which is meant for your bottom teeth, all in all quite easy really.
The top strip is longer and slightly thinner than the bottom strip, it's about 7cm in length and about 2cm in width while the bottom strip is about 5cm in length and about 2.5cm in width. Although the strips don't actually look that big on the piece of plastic I found that they covered nearly all my teeth, the top one more than covered my front and side teeth with the bottom one doing the same. I did read somewhere that someone had used two strips on their top teeth and two on their bottom so they could cover all their teeth. However I was only really bothered about the ones that would be visible when I smiled or talked and found the strips to be perfectly long enough to more than adequately cover my teeth. I also think it would be quite hard to position two strips and to keep them in place if they reached right to the back.
It doesn't recommend that you should clean your teeth or anything like that before applying the strips although I do tend to "dry" them with my finger as I find the strips stick better. Once they're in your mouth the sensation is quite strange to start with, it just feels like you have ridged cling film on your teeth that tastes a little bit sanitised in someway. Crest suggest you can wear the strips when you're doing pretty much anything as they're invisible from about a metre away, although they do suggest you don't eat or drink while they're in and I've also found talking a little difficult as my tongue can dislodge the strips. Although they do stay in place quite easily they can become dislodged or move slightly when you swallow or talk but they're easy enough to push back into place with your tongue I've found really.
The directions suggest that you leave the strips on for thirty minutes each time you apply them. Once the time has passed you can simply remove the strips with your finger and brush your teeth thoroughly, the strips do leave a gloopy like clear residue on my teeth that doesn't taste particularly nice so I do always brush after use. I've not encountered any negative side effects while using these, my front teeth have perhaps been a tiny bit more sensitive (especially when I ate an ice lolly the other night) but I certainly haven't experienced any pain whatsoever as the dental teeth whitening method has been reported to cause. My friend who used them also said she didn't have any side effects at all, her teeth didn't increase in sensitivity either during or after using these strips so they do seem quite safe really.
Now onto the most important point of this review... do they actually work? Well I've just finished my fourteen day supply of them but during this period I noted any changes to my teeth so here we go...
Day 3 - I couldn't really see any obvious changes at all, my teeth weren't anymore sensitive than they had been before and any colour changes that had occurred didn't seem to be visible to the naked eye at all.
Day 7 - I personally couldn't see any colour changes to my teeth but my mum and my friend did comment that they did look whiter than when they had previously seen me... I still wasn't really convinced.
Day 10 - I thought that my teeth were looking a shade whiter, especially my top teeth although one small white bit of my tooth (due to decalcification I believe) did appear to be positively glowing white now!
Day 14 - I reckon that my teeth have definitely lightened in colour, they're far from glowing white and the change isn't really that noticeable but on photos they certainly look both cleaner and whiter now.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend the Crest White Strips, they've certainly had a positive impact on my teeth for a very small financial cost. The directions suggest that the effects will last for twelve months but I can't really comment on this. Arguably the result isn't perhaps as noticeable as the professional dental teeth whitening would produce but I personally think my teeth look much more natural than with dental whitening where they really are paper white. They only cost £16.45 which I've practically spent before on two tubes of whitening toothpaste which had no effect whatsoever! If you do wish to try these then the site I suggested above seems to be reliable or you can of course try Ebay although they didn't seem much cheaper on there. Five stars from me, an easy way to get whiter teeth!
Thanks for reading.