Tags: Crest Whitestrips, Crest Whitestrips 2 Hour, teeth whitener
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.
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.
Tags: Go Smile, Plus White, teeth whitening, whiter teeth
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.
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.
Tags: Crest, teeth whitener, Whitestrips
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.