Sure you can pay hundreds and thousands of dollars going to the dentist every year to get your teeth bleached, but why would you? That’s money you can spend enjoying life. Aside from just picking out the perfect toothbrush and toothpaste, there are other ways to help whiten (brighten) your teeth. In the spirit of a good smile, we at ManPossible picked up a pack of Crest 3D White Strips Professional Effects ($49.99 - online). Here is an inexpensive way to help whiten your teeth in just 30 minutes. No, fellow lazy cavemen, this is not a replacement for brushing your teeth.
The crest whitening strips comes in individually sorted packets, each about the shape of packaged ketchups, but 4x the size. Inside the packet rests a rectangular transparent film with two transparent cut-out thin strips. The back of the packaging shows a diagram of the product inside: the longer strip is for the upper teeth while the shorter strip is for the bottom teeth.
The product is odorless and simple to use. Simply peel away the individual strips from the base and you are ready to apply. Note: it is HIGHLY recommended that you brush your teeth and use dental floss to remove as much plaque and residues as possible before the application process. This will allow direct contact between the formula and your teeth, thus maximizing the effectiveness of the product. The application process will take some patience and requires a mirror. The best way we found in applying the strip is to align the top edge of the film with the top of your teeth, until it is directly below the gum line. Note (2): It is wise to not let the strip touch your gum as it might cause irritation for some. From there run your fingers across your front teeth to ensure the strip is properly secured. Next, fold the remaining half of the bottom half to the back of your teeth. To make sure everything sticks, run your fingers along your teeth and use your nails to push the film into the crevices between your teeth. Note (3): Discoloration, and plaque don’t just build up on the surface of your teeth, they also find shelter in the crevices. Repeat the same procedure with the bottom set of teeth.
One more thing, this is not your Listerine mouth strip with the cool mint flavor or your strawberry kiwi Trident gum. This stuff is designed with a single purpose in mind. The product doesn’t leave any after taste, or any taste for that matter. We did notice a light tingling sensation on our tongue when the strips were first applied. However, the thought of having a sexy smile convinced us to endure the irritation. Leave the strip on for 30 minutes while you perform other tasks that do not require your mouth. Sure you can still talk, but we found it hard to muster certain words… Best time to keep shut and listen to your lady friend talk.
After about 30 minutes you’ll notice the strips become soft and slimy, that is a definite sign for you to remove the stuff. Find a mirror and slowly peal off the strip. We were definitely amazed by what we saw. The area where the strip was applied was noticeably whiter. If you were to do this on a regular basis, there is no doubt you’ll be the proud owner of gleaming white teeth. To finish the process, rinse your mouth with cold or warm water to remove any remaining residue. Voilà! Be sure to smile at the mirror, - you now officially look like a million bucks. For those interested in having a set of white teeth, the Crest 3D White Strips is definitely a much cheaper and less hassle way to achieve that goal. With due diligence and a habitual routine you too can look a super star!