In today’s modern society, people are always looking for ways to perfect their appearances. From cosmetic surgery to using makeup, there are numerous ways to change out your look, but perhaps one of the most significant ways to increase your appearance is by whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening is all the rage nowadays since whiter teeth allow you to have a brighter smile that can lend you more confidence and increase your self-esteem. Numerous ways exist to whiten your teeth, from using teeth whitening toothpaste to having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist. For those people who don’t necessarily want to have their teeth whitened by their dentists, there are even more alternative options, one of which is Crest whitestrips.
What Are Crest Whitestrips?
Crest is one of the most popular toothpaste companies in the world, and they have developed a line of whitening products. Among their whitening products are whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, but perhaps their most popular whitening product is their whitestrips. Crest whitestrips are merely strips that you place across your teeth and allow to sit for a predetermined amount of time. The strips contain whitening agents that work to remove stains and bleach your teeth as they are allowed to sit on the surface of your teeth. Part of what makes Crest whitestrips so popular is that they can be conveniently purchased at virtually any pharmacy or department store over-the-counter without the need for a prescription. Plus, you can use the whitestrips whenever you wish without having to set up an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth whitened. Crest whitestrips also don’t cost near as much as it costs to have your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist either.
How to Use Crest Whitestrips
The process to use Crest whitestrips is relatively simple. However, the specific instructions you’ll need to adhere to depends upon the type of Crest whitestrips that you have. Crest makes two basic types of whitestrips, one of which is sturdier and thicker than the other. If you happen to purchase the thicker Crest whitestrips, then the box the strips come in will probably contain the words “advanced seal” or “flex fit” on it, and these types of strips are designed for longer wear than their thinner counterparts.
Regardless of which type of strips you have, you’ll likely have to wear the strips for at least 30 minutes, unless you’ve invested in the “Gentle Routine” or “Stain Shield” strips that are only worn for 5 minutes at a time. For the thicker strips, you can wear the strips for up to 2 hours, and the longer you wear them, the better your results will be. Also, the thicker strips are so adherent that you can actually drink water while you’re wearing them. However, this is not the case with the thinner strips. You cannot drink water or hardly even talk while wearing them.
Additionally, no matter what type of Crest whitestrips you use, you’ll need to ensure that your teeth are dry before applying the strips. While it might seem as if your teeth should be clean when applying the strips, it’s actually the opposite. You should not brush your teeth before applying the strips, but you should pat them dry with a towel to remove any excess saliva before applying the strips. When you’re ready to apply the strips, there are two strips within each packet of strips, and the larger strip is designed to go on the upper teeth. Only peel open a strip right when you’re ready to apply it, and try to apply the strip so that it completely covers your teeth without getting on your gums. Additionally, avoid touching any of the whitening agent and try to position the strip as perfect as possible the first time since the whitening agents are quite sticky and can be difficult to reaffix once set in place. Once you have the whitestrips properly aligned, press them firmly into place against your teeth, and fold any remaining piece of strip back behind the portion of your teeth you use to bite with. When done, always make sure to wash your hands to prevent any reactions from occurring if they’ve come in contact with the whitening gel on the strips.
Crest.”Dental whitening. ” Retrieved on April 4, 2016, from http://crest.com/en-us/oral-care-topics/whitening/dental-whitening.
Animated-Teeth.com. “Instructions for Crest whitestrips.” Retrieved on April 5, 2016, from http://www.animated-teeth.com/whitening_strips/a5-whitestrips-directions.htm.
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