I've never really had an issue with the shade of my teeth, or been told by anyone else (dentist included) that they were particularly stained. But as a lover of hot pink lipstick, and an all round lip colour addict, sometimes my teeth can look more stained then they actually are. This is something I've been looking into for about 4 months now, reading up on reviews, products available and home remedies. I decided after watching 'this video'that I wanted to give the Crest Advanced Vivid White Strips a go. Here is my review:
This is where I used my bargain hunting mode and scoured the internet for the best deal. It's recommended that you do 10-14 days of treatments to get the best results and I didn't want to half ass. The cheapest deal I found for a full 14 days worth of pouches is here, at £29.95. Now, I was a little bit sneaky (lets go with smart!) and used a little bit more of a time consuming - but much cheaper - approach to my purchases.
This is what the pouches look like.
While looking on eBay for deals I noticed that a lot of sellers had the option to buy a 'sample' for 99p, free postage. This just means you will receive one pouch (one strips for upper and one for lower teeth) for you to test out before you commit to the full price. What I did was find five sellers with the same sample offer, and bought one from each, so far so good, that's five days worth for just £4.95. They all arrived within two days and I started using them. After day three when I decided I noticed, and liked the results I went back onto eBay and bought another 5 samples from the same 5 sellers, again they arrived within two days and I was able to continue my daily treatments for another 5 days. So far 10 days for just £9.90! at day 9 I decided I wanted to go to 12 days worth as by day 8 I felt my teeth had reached a plateau and I wanted a little extra push. So once more, nipped onto eBay and bought two more samples. All in all I spent £11.98. When the same sellers offer 10 days worth of treatments for £21.95. So if you're willing to do a little extra digging, you can definitely save yourself some money and get the same results!
EASE OF USE:
I have to say I was a little apprehensive of using them at first, even though I've never had sensitive teeth I had read some reviews that said the strips made their gums hurt and their teeth super sensitive. (If you are prone to sensitive teeth and gums I recommend making sure you only do one treatment a day like I did as you can use two a day if you wish) When you open the little pouch you pull out a plastic sheet with two gummy strips on. One is long and straight and the bottom one is curved (this is the Advanced Vivid only, normal Vivid is two straight pieces) The sellers also sent me instructions with the sample so I didn't have to look that up myself. It advises you to not clean your teeth first and apply the bottom strip first and then the top. Each are quite deep so you can press them around to the back of your teeth to keep them in place. Mine were a 30 minute treatment so I would apply them, set a timer and get on with a blog design, or watch TV. Once the timer was up I'd run up the the bathroom and promptly -ew- spit. One thing I noticed about these strips is that you accumulate a lot of saliva in your mouth... that you aren't going to want to swallow because it will taste of bleach, I'm sure this isn't harmful, but it tastes nasty! Anyway, they're pretty easy to peel off, throw away and then give your teeth a brush to get rid of any extra residue and bleach taste. Check your slowly lightening teeth in the mirror, done!
I started noticing a real difference in the shade of my teeth on day three. I have taken pictures of my teeth every day during my 'experiment' to document here so you will see that below. I did however get the dreaded 'white spots' on my canine teeth. It says on the instructions not to panic, and that these will fade quickly after treatments have stopped, so hopefully that will go away soon! I am overall extremely happy with the results and the price tag. It is recommended that you do this course twice a year to top up, but I think I can just buy a couple samples here and there through out the year to give a little boost.
As you can see, there is a considerable difference in shade.
I recommend taking a before and after shot yourself as well because as it is a gradual process you may think nothing is happening, when in fact there is a great change. I don't think my teeth change drastically but I didn't want them to look like fake or blind people so I am really pleased with the result. I am allergic to most whitening toothpastes but i'm looking for something to maintain the colour as I drink alot of tea!
What do you think? Would you give these whitening strips a go yourself?