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- I have always been a huge fan of a gorgeous smile. I think that lovely, white teeth give you a great first impression of someone on an instant. Quite a long time ago I posted about my quest to whiter and brighter teeth.
[ That post is linked under the 'Teeth Whitening' tag if you'd like to read about other budget teeth whitening products i've tried ] I solely wanted to try the Crest Whitening strips because I too wanted a lovely set of knashers.
A couple of weeks ago my Grandma and Grandad flew over to America to see my aunt and my cousins for a few weeks. My Grandma is such a babe and asked me if there was anything that was 'Stateside official' that I wanted bringing back. Of course there were the usual requests such as Hersheys 'kisses' chocolates *yumyum!* and OPI Nail varnish but I also had another product in the back of my mind that I was dying to try!
All hail Crest Whitening Strips
- I was first introduced to them last year when my ex boyfriend had been bought some for Christmas and I was flabbergasted by the amazing results they left him with. I knew I just had to have some of that. Unfortunately they aren't as readily available in the UK :-( *sob* In the States you can pick them up from the local WalMart which is exactly where I was sending my Grandma the moment she got off the plane in Boston!
I sent her out with the instructions to buy the middle strength strips as I have uber sensitive teeth and I didn't want to endure half an hour of excruciating pain. Low and behold 3 weeks later I was presented with the beauties! And I couldn't bloody WAIT to try them out!
You can buy the whitening strips in a few different varieties such as 'Professional Effects', Gentle Routine' and '2 Hour Express'.
The ones that I have used are the 'Advanced Vivid' ones which states you dramatically start noticing the difference within 3 days. And boy did I!
In the little box you get 28 strips in total (One for your top teeth and one for your bottom set] There us 14 pouches included in the set so the treatment is intended to last a fortnight There is some instructions included also if your a first timer like me.
The routine is really simple. I like to use mine in the evening when i'm just chilling out, watching the telly and i've eaten.
The pack advises you don't do the treatment shortly after brushing your teeth for better results.
Are They Safe To Use?
The Strips are coated in Hydrogen Peroxide. This is the same 'enamel safe' ingredient that dentists use for tooth whitening. Tests have shown the product is safe when used correctly.
I have sensitive teeth, do they hurt?
I have really sensitive teeth and yes I was a little bit nervous about using them because of this reason alone. I noticed a little bit of something going on the first time I used them, it wasn't painful more like a little tingly sensation however this was only temporary and by strip number 2 I felt nothing.
When you open up the little foil pouch the gel strips are on a clear piece of plastic.
Peel them off the plastic as they are tacky and apply the long straight one to your top set of teeth. And the shorter more shaply strip to your bottom set. It's a little bit fiddly and you have to wrap the excess strip around the bottom and tops of your teeth so it's secure.
Now for the funny bit. [To begin with I admit I myself, was drooling all over myself and lisping like nobody's business]
The strip sort of like foams up on your teeth and the product is a little odd tasting I kept messing with the strip with my tongue and it made the tip of my tongue a little bit sore ha ha! So I advice you not to do that.
After the first application depending on how white your teeth already are you may find some little white patches on your teeth, don't worry I did too but after strip number 4 they disappeared.
You wear the stripes for 30 mins, then simply remove them and throw the drooley used strip away :) At this point I like to brush my teeth to get rid of the teeth and to reveal my gorgeous white teeth!
I urge anybody lady or gent to try these if you are looking for instant, bright white and gorgeous teeth! The strips lift all the stains on your teeth and if like me you thought you had white teeth then you will be very surprised after using these.
Now, they are a little pricey and I know it is COMPLETELY unlike me to EVER go for something expensive if there was a budget option to use instead! Sadly, Bodycare couldn't offer me an alternative but I can honestly 100% say that this treatment is the best thing i've ever used! It worked on an instant and I am so so so so happy with the results, you can see yourself how powerful they are! Absolutely amazing! They range from around £21 to about £39 depending on which type you buy.
Here are a couple of places you can buy them as like I said you can't buy them here :(
Crest say that you can use up to two treatments a year. I DEFINITELY will be doing this again but for now I am absolutely LOVING my hollywood smile! Just in time for my birthday :-) Woo!
I hope you found this helpful as I have been getting quite few questions on Twitter asking me how I got my teeth so white!