Thanks to Influenster, I got the opportunity to test try Crest 3D White Whitestrips for a whole week. I have always been conscious of my smile growing up. My mom was very particular when it came to hygiene, but she was an extremist when it came to maintaining your teeth’s natural whiteness. She would lecture me in Vietnamese if I ever drank coffee or soda without a straw a particular way.
“Con, đánh rang!” (Child, brush your teeth!)
“Con, rửa miệng!” (Child, wash your mouth!)
These were the most familiar phrases my mom would bark at me from across the house as I grew up.
So when I was in college, I bought my first set of whitestrips. While it did succeed in whitening my teeth, I was frustrated with the constant slip of the strips in addition to the effect the chemicals had on my teeth. I can gladly say that Crest has vastly improved their product.
Ease of Use: A
There were literally only 3 steps, but I read them for 15 minutes in fear that I would do something wrong. I was overpreparing myself – it really wasn’t necessary.
Pro tip: just make sure you don’t brush your teeth beforehand. You need the plaque to protect your teeth.
No Slip: A
This was the major qualm I had with previous whitestrips I’ve tested. This stayed put and stayed strong for the full half hour I put on the strips each night.
It tasted odd, but you wouldn’t expect anything else with a chemical formula that is whitening your teeth. Luckily, it didn’t taste bad!
I have extremely sensitive teeth because I grind my teeth a lot. That is why I only tested it for a week instead of a full 20 days. The entire week, I felt slight pangs of pain in my teeth, but I knew it was because I have sensitive teeth to begin with. It was significantly less painful than I’ve had with other teeth whitening experiences.
The list price is a whopping $65 which seems ridiculous to me – I would not have been able to afford this on a small work study salary! Luckily, you can get it on Amazon for $26 – a much friendlier student price.
I had a good experience with the Crest 3D White Whitestrips. It’s luckily more student budget-friendly on Amazon, so I would suggest smile-conscious students give it a try!