At-Home Teeth Whitening Versus Crest Whitestrips

I keep hearing it’s better to get at-home teeth whitening done than Crest Whitestrips. But aren’t Crest Whitestrips the same thing as take-home whitening?

Kevin C.

Dear Kevin,

Before and after photo of teeth whitening from Baton Rouge cosmetic dentist Dr. Steven Collins.

Differences in Teeth Whitening Coverage

I can understand your confusion, but the only real similarity to them is they can both be used at home. Crest Whitestrips will only cover the first few of your front teeth. If you have a wide smile, you’d need to place several strips on your teeth so you didn’t end up with two tones of teeth when you smile. Additionally, it just sort of sticks onto your teeth, so the gel won’t have even coverage and you could end up a bit blotchy.

When people are telling you that at-home teeth whitening is better, they’re meaning professional teeth whitening. When you get your teeth whitened by your dentist, he or she will make you custom-fitted trays that you’ll wear over your teeth. It will cover all of your teeth and mold perfectly to your bite for even coverage.

Differences in Teeth Whitening Strength

Crest Whitestrips will whiten your teeth. However, the difference in strength between that and the professional whitening is significant. You would have to do many, many boxes of the Whitestrips to equal one thing of professional gel.

If you’re talking about cost-effectiveness, you’d likely save money with your dentist.

An Option to At-Home Teeth Whitening

However, if what you’re looking for is the fastest, most effective teeth whitening procedure, you should consider Zoom Whitening. It’s done in the dentist’s office in just one appointment.

Using Zoom’s gel and special light, your teeth will get as white as possible in just one visit. No longer do you have to wear whitening trays or strips for weeks or months (with Crest) at a time.

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