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Are crest white strips effective at teeth whitening?

7 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners. This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. The downside: bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways, causing increased, though temporary, tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Somewhat: My patients try these and then we whiten professionally when they become frustrated. They don't whiten all the teeth, just the front six. So, lower doses of peroxide to begin with that reduces in strength as it sits on the shelf. They remove some surface stain, but most of the "result" is from drying out the enamel. The result does not last.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
A Verified Doctoranswered
undefined 32 years experience
Yes, but: As dr. Lederman posted, strips only reach the front teeth, those in most people's "smile line." of the crest strips, the advanced seal are the best at staying on. In the long run, custom full mouth trays from the dentist are best, as you can retouch when you need to down the line and get refills of professional strength gel from the dentist. Better results to begin with.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
undefined 43 years experience
For younger adults: They work well for younger adults with minimal darkness to their teeth. For older, heavily stained teeth, professional dentist supplied whitening treatment (in-office zoom! or take home trays) works the best. I have found the best results with kor system which, costs more, includes 2 in-office light activated treatments and very well constructed take home trays. A well designed system.
Dr. Michael Dolby
Cosmetic Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: They actually work really well. You just need to be patient because they will take longer to see the effects vs professional whitening procedures.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes,but dentist tops: Crest White Strips are effective, but your BEST and longest lasting results would be from a custom kit from your dentist. Go to the KOR Whitening a System web site to see the absolutely amazing results...and it really works. Crest White Strips will give you the an econo-white! Good luck with what ever you decide!
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Teeth whitening: You can use over the counter tooth paste or supper market products like crest white-strips. However, they are not so effective and/or stable. OTC bleach and whitening tooth paste could be used as a supplement only. A professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results.
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
I suggest that my patients try the strips as an inexpensive way to try whitening. If they are unsatisfied with the results we offer several options of professional treatment. Avoid the light driven whitening not done by dental professionals.
Jul 13, 2014
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dr. Ron E. Bell commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
Trays are the most effective long term if professional made and supplied.
Oct 31, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin commented
Pain Management 36 years experience
Provided original answer
Dear Dr. Bell, I agree with your opinion 100%. Thank you for sharing.
Oct 31, 2015

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I was wondering, do crest teeth whitening strips actually work?

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Dr. Fernando Juliao
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Yes: They are technique sensitive (read the directions) but they do work. However products from a dental office are much stronger/faster..But of course more expensive. Good luck!
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Please tell me, are crest teeth whitening strips worth it?

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Yes, if..: Yes, if used as directed! good luck.
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Can i take crest teeth whitening strips for teens?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Yes: This product is formulated to be safe and effective when used as directed. Safety data indicate that 3d white whitestrips are safe on tooth enamel. They contain the same whitening ingredient as the professional products dentists use to whiten teeth. Tooth ; gum sensitivities may be a rare occurrence. Discontinue use if this is apparent.
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Do teeth whitening products such as crest strips damage tooth enamel?

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Dr. Scott Swope
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Possible: Be sure to follow directions, use only as directed do not use more than directed do not use home remedy ideas along with strips.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I whiten my teeth without using crest white strips?

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See your dentist: See your dentist for professional whitening and other options. Whiter image has many take home options, too.

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