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Crest WhiteStrips

If you want whiter teeth but want to skip the visit to the dentist, Crest WhiteStrips may be your best option.

Questions to ask your doctor: There is no consultation for Crest WhiteStrips. It is an over-the-counter product.

Pre-procedure prep for Crest WhiteStrips: No special prep is required, though it's best not to brush teeth immediately before application of the WhiteStrips. Wait at least half an hour.

On the day of treatment: Clean teeth and avoid smoking or drinking dark-colored liquids (coffee, black tea, cola).

What To Expect

Be sure to read the instructions on the back of the package carefully. To use Crest WhiteStrips, just peel the strips from the package and apply to visible teeth. Leave the strips on for the amount of time as indicated in the instructions. Discard. If gel remains on your teeth, rinse or brush it off.

Who should do it: Anyone can use Crest WhiteStrips. Just get them from your local drugstore and pop them on your teeth.

Duration: Different products require that the whitening strips be left on the teeth for different amounts of time. Crest makes whitening strips that are meant to be left on twice daily for 30 minutes, as well as another product that may be used for two-hour intervals (for less days).

How Painful Is It?

Whitening strips may resemble the way a sunburn feels on your skin—but on your teeth. Everyone experiences different sensations when using Crest WhiteStrips, but in general, the pain ranges from none to moderate. Discomfort should not last longer than 12 to 24 hours and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications like Alleve.

Options for anesthesia: No anesthetic is used.

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