I swear by these whitening strips to brighten my smile
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If you’ve been following CDC guidelines for about a year and wearing a mask, you probably haven’t shown a lot of people your smile. No need for gloss! No need to whiten your teeth! But now, if you are vaccinated and take off your mask, you might think differently. And you are not alone – reports have shown that people try to give the best of their life, and teeth whitening products fly off the shelves.
To me, teeth whitening is nothing new. People quickly think that I have always had “good teeth”, but in fact when I was younger my doctor had me removed 11 baby teeth. My teeth weren’t coming out on their own and I had two rows of teeth (like a shark). A few years later, I needed braces and wore them for seven years. And when the braces came off I wanted a way to show off my straightened smile, and my dentist suggested Crest Whitening Strips.
Whitening strips were new back then, but my mom let me try them out and they worked! Since then, I have tried to take good care of my teeth, using a whitening product at least once a year to lighten them. (I recently used them before hosting In The Know Live: Kitchen Gadgets! You can see in the pictures below.)
I have tried professional whitening, gel and whitening trays and tested LED lighting methods over the years. But to this day I always go back to the classic Crest Whitening Strips.
Of course, everyone’s situation is different, and I was lucky to have fairly white teeth at the start, thanks to genetics. But Crest Whitening Strips are more affordable, less messy, and less time consuming than any other method I’ve tried. I also think they work the best and give my teeth the brightest white.
Here’s how they work: you place the bands on your top and bottom teeth, let them sit for a designated period of time (usually 30 minutes), then take them out and repeat for a number of days.
Crest offers many variations of its whitening bands. My advice is to start with a gentler method which takes maybe 20-30 days. Whitening can cause tooth sensitivity, which means cold drinks will hurt your mouth, and you are more likely to experience it with stronger, faster products. However, if you have an upcoming event that you want to brighten up your smile on, the three and five day packs might be your solution – beware.
I prefer the Crest 3D Whitestrips Classic pack which has 20 strips to use over 20 days. It’s also one of the cheaper options – you can get a two-pack from the Crest website for $ 35. I also pair my strips with whitening toothpaste and swear by Crest 3D White Glamorous White Toothpaste.
If you are looking for a safe and easy way to whiten your teeth, donate White Stripes Crest A try. You don’t necessarily need to avoid coffee or drink your red wine through a straw. Just keep brushing and try these strips.
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