Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects Review: My detailed Personal Experience

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Having stained teeth does not only bring  with it the embarrassment and lack of confidence but also the hustle and huddle of finding the ultimate solution. I have been there and I know exactly what pain this can be. There is so much noise about the best way to whiten your teeth, so much confusion you will only end up being frustrated.

After looking for the ultimate solution to whiten my teeth for way too long, one of my friends suggested that I see a professional dentist about it. There was nothing to lose so I took the initiative and booked an appointment with one of the local dentist; I was actually referred to him by another of my friend who claimed to have used his services.
Of course the first thing I wanted to know after meeting with the guy was how much he charged for the service. The price shocked me so much I actually felt for the first time that  I rightfully belonged with my stained teeth. $750! I knocked down his door, surprisingly smiled at his secretary and got the hell out of there! Well, actually I just sincerely thanked him for his time, said something about changing my mind and left a some dust behind.

After that I lost hope about a month when one  of the ladies I had an eye on jokingly said something about me taking too much coffee. I gave a dry laugh about it but it actually got me thinking.
After some deep thought, I came to the conclusion that this thing was even going to ruin my chance for a date and therefore needed an urgent solution. I dived online and did a bit of research here and there. I went to Amazon looked at the available teeth whitening kits and products ( I was very shocked at how insanely cheap they were I even started thinking they might not be that good)

  But after reading customer reviews on some of the teeth whitening products on amazon, I had some ray of hope. I did a bit of more research, compared prices, reviews and such stuff. Finally I settled for one product that impressed me because it had a lot of positive customer reviews and the price was also within my budget $43.99 at the time of writing this. The product was Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effect.
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects - 20 Treatments and White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express - 2 Treatments Teeth Whitening Kit

With a bit of hesitation and a bit of hope I decided to order for it. The item was shipped after two days. I was so nervous and excited at the same time. I had never really used any whitening products aside from the regular toothpaste which does not remove stains. Soo... I couldn't wait to use it.

Quick few things about Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effect

When I got this product, I decided I was not in a hurry to use it. Being the first time, I didn't want to get anything amiss and end up disappointing myself. I carefully read every detail of the instructions manual and product labels and even did more online research on how to use it.

The package

The small box comes with two whitening strips inside,  one for the upper teeth and the other for the lower teeth, each in a separate pouch. These two strips are only meant for one treatment and should not be reused. So discard them after using.
There are a total of twenty treatments which you can use for twenty days in a row, once everyday. There is also another package by the same brand which has two treatments.


Ingredients
  • PVP,
  •  PEG-8
  •  Water, 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide,
  •  Acrylates Copolymer, 
  • Sodium Hydroxide, 
  • Sodium Saccharin
If you have been into teeth whitening long enough, then you know that hydrogen peroxide is the ultimate teeth whitener. It can also be used naturally by mixing with baking soda or strawberries.

Learn how to make your own whitener using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide


How the  Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects strips work


The strips are thin and very flexible. The site that is in contact with the plastic carrier inside the foils is covered with the tooth whitening gel.
The strips are designed in such a way that they conform to the shape of your teeth.  So there is no need of buying custom designed strips.
You place the site of the strips containing the gel against your teeth to begin the whitening process

How to whiten your teeth



After I was certain that I knew everything that I needed  to know about this product, it was now time to use it. I was still nervous but optimistic. I had read a lot of positive reviews and I only hoped that it would work for me too.  I still had to check the instructions while applying just to make sure I wasn’t messing anything up.

From the research I had done I learnt that that it was not good to brush your teeth immediately before applying the strips, so I was surprised when I had a strong urge to do so. I overcame it though.

The actual process


I opened the foil pouch  and gently peeled the strips off the thin plastic carrier.  The larger strip is for the upper teeth while smaller is for the lower teeth.

The side of the strip that is in contact with the plastic carrier is the one that contains the whitening agent.

A few cautions I came across


You should not peel the strips off the carrier if you are not ready to use them because they have to be applied immediately after peeling.

You should also make sure that your hands are dry while peeling the strip from that carrier because any extra moisture will dilute the whitener making it less effective. You don’t want that to happen. 



I gently pressed the strips on my teeth taking caution to align it with the gum line, doesn’t exactly match but I did my best.

 I  learnt a good trick from one of the reviews on Amazon which suggested applying the strips a bit loosely, but not very loosely lest they slip off. This is to enable you to push the strip in the tiny gaps between the teeth since that is where most of the stains hide.You can do that using your finger but take caution not to  break the strip.

After satisfactorily aligning the strip with the gum line and gently pressing it on the outer surface of my upper teeth, I folded the rest of the strip behind the teeth.

I then repeated the same process with my lower teeth. 



You should take caution not to fold the strip on itself  because it becomes messy trying to straighten it back. So be gentle, caution and precise. You will of course get the hang of it after a few applications.



I knew from the instructions that I had to wait for 30 minutes before removing the strips. I didn’t feel very comfortable in the beginning and only hoped it wouldn’t get worse before the end of the 30 minutes.

I also felt a tinge of sensitivity. But my teeth are not usually sensitive so it went away after some time. After about 15 minutes, my teeth had come to terms with the strips which now felt like part of them. I was tempted to bite an apple just to see how it felt. Curiosity killed the cat and I didn’t want it to ruin my chances of a sparkling smile. So I kept away from the apples.  



I could feel saliva building up in my mouth. Not that the thing is tasty anyway. So I had a bit of swallowing and spitting to do.
I took a book and waited for the 30 minutes to end. It felt like a long time but it was finally over.
I gently peeled off the strips dumped them and stumbled over stuff trying to find a mirror.
I didn’t expect much results being the first application but I must admit I was not disappointed. My stained teeth were actually a shade whiter! I ran my tongue over them and smiled at my image in the mirror. It did look more confidence.

  I repeated the procedure for a week, once everyday, though some people admit using it twice. Wouldn't recommend that though.  After the first week, my  smile was all glitter and I even went out more often.




 Pros and Cons of Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects


What I loved…


  •      The strips stuck to my teeth the entire time. I had read cases of strips slipping off the teeth in some people. But I guess it has to do with correct application.
  • You actually get to see some results after the first treatment. Like I said earlier, I was a bit skeptical about the first trial and wasn't looking up to much.
  • It is very cheap. Compared to professional teeth whitening, you don’t spent a fortune but still get the same amazing results. 
  • The strips are very easy to use. Being my first attempt, I didn’t come across any huddles while applying the strips, the process was easy as pie! 
  •   It didn’t make my teeth very sensitive like I had anticipated. A lot of people were complaining about their teeth being sensitive after applying the strips. Apart from the minor tingling I felt at the beginning, he whole experience was okay.  

What I disliked

I didn't have any major setbacks with this product apart fro the slight sensitivity and a few application mishaps which can be avoided. 
If you have tooth sensitivity issues though you might experience some irritation with your  first few treatments. You should also check with your dentist just to be certain that this is the best option for your teeth.  
I also noticed that it has a higher price compared to the other kits, but by all means, it is worth it.

What do expect

The strips will generally work if you follow the correct procedure of application. I  recommend reading the products labels and instruction manual carefully before applying the treatment.
If you have issues with tooth sensitivity, you can use sensodyne. Also avoid using mouthwashes and toothpaste before starting the whitening procedure.


Conclusion


Bottom line, Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects is a great whitening kit. I have to say they lived up to their promise and I was kind of impressed. I have since  tried other teeth whitening kits but I still think this worked the best for me.

Will it work for you? Maybe. Maybe not. The only way to know is to have your own kit and see how it works for you. If your teeth are in good shape, not too sensitive and you don’t have any dental ailments, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work for you.
Go get it now and have good luck trying it out.
You are always welcome back here to share your experience  and we will probably learn a few things from it. 



  Alternative whitening strips

Apart from Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects, here are some other whitening strips we recommend. They are also very good in teeth whitening and deliver the best results. Just click the Image view the product details and customer reviews.

1. Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Teeth Whitening Kit, Glamorous white





2. Lovely Smile Premium Line 28 Teeth Whitening Kit


 
This has been a long review but of course I can't include everything there is to know about this whitening kit. So I suggest, if you feel like you still need more information and inspiration, you head over to Amazon, learn more about the product and read the customer reviews to get a glimpse of what other people think.

Thank you for reading my review, you are welcome to leave a comment if you feel you have something to let others know.





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