Review: Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour Express

August 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Teeth Whitener | 4 Comments
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Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour Express

Edit on 8/10/11: I used a second set of the 2 Hour Whitestrips and my teeth are whiter than ever (better than any other over-the-counter whitening product, including the traditional Whitestrips). I’m very happy with the results and can’t stop smiling!

Between friends and co-workers, there are a lot of weddings this summer! One bride-to-be asked me for a teeth whitening recommendation that wouldn’t cause sensitivity. I named Crest Whitestrips a Top 10 Must-Have, but they can cause temporary tooth/gum pain. I suggested the new Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour Express, since I find sensitivity revs-up after a couple of days in the traditional 7 day version. Well, I’m not one to send friends off on their own for a beauty experiment, so I tried it myself.

One Set of Whitestrips: Upper Teeth (top) and Lower Teeth (bottom)

Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour Express includes four sets of whitening strips. Directions say to use one set every three months, so a box could give a full year of whitening. I shared a set with my teenage niece (who wanted whiter teeth for back-to-school) and we settled in to watch “Knight and Day” starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on HBO (glad I didn’t pay full price to see this movie!).

  • No sensitivity during the whitening process. The next morning, we both felt some tooth pain, but not too distracting and less than the traditional Whitestrips. My sensitivity is primarily on the lower teeth. BTW, sensitivity goes away in a few days.
  • The adhesive is much stronger than earlier Whitestrips. The strips stayed in place perfectly. Previously, the strips moved around and came off.
  • I wish the strips were longer. I have a wide smile and they only cover the center teeth.
  • Watch for sales and coupons. The retail price at Rite Aid is $54.99. It was on sale for $49.99 and I found a $10 Crest coupon in the Sunday paper. With Rite Aid rewards I received a $5 store gift certificate. The final price was just $34.99, a $20 savings!
  • Crest offers a money back guarantee. Send it back if you aren’t satisfied. I like this!

Results? Teeth appear a shade whiter. Not a dramatic difference, but brighter. According to the Crest website, I can use a second set without harm, which I will try on my lower teeth which are still lightly stained. Compared to the traditional Whitestrips? I would score the whitening results of the 2 Hour Express at 6.0/10 and the traditional Whitestrips at 8.0/10.

My (crooked teeth) Before (l) and After (r)

My Niece Before (l) and After (r)


Whiten Teeth On the Cheap with Plus White. Keep ‘Em White with Go Smile

October 11, 2010 at 7:00 am | Posted in Anti-Aging, Teeth Whitener | Leave a comment
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A bright white smile is on my list of Top 10 Beauty Must-Haves. I really like Crest Whitestrips, however Plus White has proven to be a strong runner-up. And at only $5.99 for a 3-ounce tube, leaves more change for the lipgloss fund:-)

I think the Whitestrips whiten slightly better, however only cover the front teeth. While Plus White can be applied across a full smile.

How to use? Apply the Plus White gel with a cotton swab or toothbrush and let it sit for 5-20 minutes. You can also use mouth trays or guards to keep the gel in place, which I think works best. There is a Plus White starter system ($10.99) with mouth guards that you heat and form to fit.

Initially, use Plus White twice a day for two weeks, then as desired for maintenance. I think once every week or two works great.

Are you a coffee or cola drinker?  Use a straw. It really does help keep your teeth white (and I’m a diet soda addict), even my dentist notices.

My teeth still get stains, even with a white smile (especially when I’m nearing my professional dental teeth cleaning). I have a love/hate relationship with the stain-fighting Go Smile Touch Up Ampoules. At more than $1 per ampoule, I think they are ridiculously expensive. However, when I rebel and stop using them, my teeth don’t look as polished.


Go Smile Before

Go Smile After -- fewer stains and a bit brighter


How to use? Squeeze the gel onto the tip and “scrub” away tooth stains. The mint flavor helps freshen breath. I use Go Smile about 2 times per week. I especially like to use it after work if I’m meeting friends or going to an event.

Top 10 Beauty Must-Haves: 9. Crest Whitestrips

May 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Anti-Aging, Beauty Must-Haves, Teeth Whitener | 2 Comments
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A bright white smile helps us put our best face forward. Yellow teeth are a tell-tale sign of aging. Fortunately, many tooth stains can easily be erased with Crest Whitestrips, leaving a brilliant smile. I’ve used Whitestrips for years with fabulous results, plus it costs much less than professional dental office whitening ($400 at my dentist).  

I have tried several other brands that work fine. However, I find myself always coming back to Crest Whitestrips because they don’t have cumbersome trays and work just as well if not better. 

My only compaint with Crest Whitestrips is they cover just the front teeth, so for a big toothy-grin like mine all the teeth that show are not evenly whitened. 

Since I last used Crest Whitestrips, the company relaunched the line as “3D White,” promising even better results. I am excited to try the new strips, which I will review on My Ray of Beauty

Crest Whitestrips have received many beauty magazine awards, including “Best whitener” in Shape and one of “25 new products that will change your life” in Marie Claire. Whitestrips can be purchased at drugstores for $25 – $50. Look for high-value coupons in the Sunday paper or on the Crest Web site.  

My teeth are noticeably whiter

Crest Whitestrips are thin, flexible strips that contain a whitening gel (no uncomfortable trays!). Generally, the strips are worn 30 minutes each morning and evening for 10 days. Teeth stay white for about 12 months. 

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