So after years of waiting for the U.S.A's much loved Crest white strips to magically appear on the shelves in Boots, I finally gave up all hope and decided just to order them online. I did my research as I know there are a lot of fakes out there and don't fancy having all of my teeth fall out/turn green....over exaggerating maybe but I wanted the real deal so I found out about a company called whitestrips4u (link) which is apparently the UK's leading supplier of Crest white strips. I am an impatient soul so I opted for the 2 hour express strips (totally didn't notice the 1hr ones?!?) which supposedly give you a whiter smile that lasts 3 months with just one 2 hour application....
I ordered my strips on the Friday and they were delivered the following Thursday which as the delivery was free I can't complain about, although honestly whenever I order anything online I want it the next day and usually pay for the service because I am that impatient! The strips were delivered unboxed which I am fine with but they came without instructions so before I applied them I had to trawl the web for directions, annoying! Anyway as it turns out the only directions you really need in terms of application are, peel, apply, reveal!
So you get an upper and lower strip in each packet, they apply really easily you just press them onto your teeth then there is a little excess which you fold around the backs of your teeth keeping them secure, make sure not to brush your teeth right before application as the ingredients in toothpaste can interfere with the whitening solution. I found them pretty comfortable to wear, comparable to wearing a gum shield.
I had read in the reviews that a lot of people experienced a burning sensation on the gums while wearing the strips I felt nothing at all but was curious as to why this happens, fortunately for my curiosity I work at a dental practice and the dentist said that may be something to do with how they brush their teeth/gums, not to get all technical or anything some people brush in a backwards/forwards motion which can damage gums as opposed to small circular motion which is less likely to cause abrasions on the gums so the solution in the strips is less likely to cause irritation whilst wearing the strips.
Anyway after what felt like the longest 2 hours of my life I was a) starving! Top tip: if you are thinking of using these strips then fill your tummy beforehand as a caramel rice cake at dinner time will not cut it! and b) ready for the reveal! The strips are easily removed, after which you are supposed to brush your teeth which I did using the Oral B 3D white luxe toothpaste I also had a quick floss for good measure using the Oral B pro expert premium floss. So to the mirror, apparently the full effect of these particular strips aren't noticeable until 20mins after you remove them but obviously I was going to go straight to the mirror expecting a hollywood smile! OK so maybe my expectations were a little unrealistic but I was happy to see that the stain on my front right tooth was gone and my teeth were noticeably whiter.
Overall my teeth are definitely a shade whiter which is a great result especially for the price I paid (£22.99 for 2 packs) but if I'm honest I personally would have liked the end result to be more noticeable, I'm definitely not aiming for TOWIE or Ross from friends' teeth (lol) but another shade or two whiter and I would have been completely satisfied.
I think that for someone that already has white teeth and would like a bit of a boost in colour then these work great however for me I just didn't quite get the results I wanted so I'm planning on seeing my dentist for whitening tray impressions asap....I'll keep you informed! ;)
Have you tried Crest white strips or any other whitening treatments?