For years, I used the Crest Whitestrips to help whiten my teeth at home.
And for the record, they work great and do exactly what the product claims.
But one day I was in the grocery store (Kroger) about to purchase another box and it was in one of those security cases so I was going to have to ask an employee to get it for me.
Well, there was no employee in sight and I didn’t feel like hunting someone down to unlock the case.
Next to the Crest Whitestrips was a box of store-brand white strips. They were 60% cheaper than the Crest brand and they weren’t in a security case.
So I reluctantly bought the cheaper version and took it home for a spin.
At first I hated the strips.
They were bulky, but I found out they’re made that way to keep them from sliding off your teeth (that was a problem I had with Crest Whitestrips).
At first, I was having trouble getting the bottom to stay on but I wasn’t holding them in place for a few seconds after I put them on (gotta read those instructions!) After doing that, they stayed in place nicely for the full 30 minutes.
As advertised, I started noticing my teeth going back to their original brightness after about 3 days. I was so stoked because I had discovered a much more cost-friendly way to whiten my teeth.
I also like that I only have to apply them once a day for two weeks instead of twice a day like I did with Crest.
What’s funny about this whole thing is had it not been for that security case, I probably would have never tried the alternative brand. So thanks to store security, I’m saving a bundle and still getting the same results!
If you don’t have a Kroger in your neck of the woods, still check with your local grocery store because they may have their own branded version of white strips.
Check the video below to see how they look on my teeth.
How Often Should You Use White Strips?
First of all, you should follow the directions on the package you buy.
I rarely use white strips more than once a year (usually every 12-18 months or so). I believe Crest says you can use some of their strips (they have different strengths) up to twice a year.
The only time I used them twice in one year was when I first started whitening and my teeth were a little more stained.
But now that I maintain my level of whiteness (read my story here), I don’t have to use them nearly as often.
Definitely check with your dentist to make sure they are OK with the products you use. If you ever have any doubts, start with a professional instead of relying on Internet advice.
This works for ME and doesn’t necessarily mean this is best for your teeth.
Don’t overuse white strips because you can damage your enamel. Always follow the directions on the package.
Be Careful of Sensitive Gums
If you have very sensitive gums, try wearing the teeth whitening strips every other day. Also make sure you don’t brush your teeth too hard before putting on the strips. Even if you don’t have sensitive gums, the peroxide on the strips may irritate them.
During the time I use the strips, I don’t use my Sonicare electric toothbrush. I just use a regular toothbrush because it’s gentler on my gums.
I also wait a few minutes after brushing before applying the strips. That way if my gums are irritated, the strips won’t bother them.
What If They Don’t Work?
I’ve heard many people say that these OTC strips don’t work for them. Here’s why they may not work for you.
Looking for a Natural Alternative?
If you’re not a fan of using gel strips to whiten your teeth, here are some more natural alternatives.