After all the cough medicine, tea and coffee that I drank last week, my teeth looked less-than-sparkling. So I decided that I would buy a box of Crest White Strips to recover my usual gleam.
Too impatient to wait the two weeks that the normal White Strips take, I decided to purchase the oft advertised Crest White Strips 3D Express, which promise “noticeably whiter teeth” in just 2 hours.
What a mistake.
After wearing the strips for what felt like an eternity, I went into the bathroom to remove them. I brushed off the goo that was clinging to my teeth like a magnet, and inspected the results. Instead of “noticeably whiter,” I got “Well, I guess they’re whiter.”
I spent $54, and my teeth were, at best, shoulder shrug whiter.
While the flat surfaces of the teeth are somewhat whiter, the edges and spaces between the teeth remain unchanged. This makes my teeth look a bit like a matted photo in an oak frame. Now, the edges of my teeth look a bit dingy.
Adding injury to insult, not only were the whitening results were not as expected, but my teeth are now unbelievably sensitive. My bottom teeth have that “I just are a bowl of ice chips” feeling. And this afternoon, I put a cough drop in my mouth only to discover that the sugar made my teeth feel like they were under attack by a posse of acetylene torch wielding elves.
Bottom line: If you want whiter teeth in less than two hours, see a dentist. Otherwise, save your money and pick up a box of regular White Strips for just $24. Because the “Express” kind are just a scam to dupe inpatient people into shelling out $30 extra dollars.