Your white smile is constantly under attack: coffee, berries, wine, smoking, and even the natural aging process. Luckily, you don’t have to give up and surrender — you can battle back using Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light.
This product combines the well-known power of Crest Whitestrips with an LED light that gives them an extra boost. But just because a product has name recognition doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for everyone. Here are all the details you need to know before you buy.
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Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light at a Glance
Few companies in the oral health sphere can match Crest’s name recognition. Since 1962, it has been one of the top three best-selling toothpaste brands in the U.S., often sitting in the top spot. That’s where Crest made its name, but thanks to its invention of stannous fluoride, it has also branched out into other at-home oral hygiene products, including mouthwash, floss, toothbrushes, and, yes, whitening kits.
Crest has been all about innovation since its inception. And when they introduced Crest Whitestrips in 2001, they truly stepped outside the box. The first at-home whitening kits weren’t available until the 1980s, and they were only sold through dental offices. By the late 90s, non-prescription kits were available, but not widely. Crest sought to make the whitening process easier for both the producer and consumer, and the Whitestrip was born.
No trays, no syringes, no gel — you would just peel off the strip, apply it to clean, dry teeth, and let it sit for the allotted amount of time. Then, you’d remove it, brush off the excess gel, and go about your day!
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light builds on this revolutionary technology. Crest’s 3D technology offers a more thorough whitening than the original Whitestrips delivered. And LED lights help activate the whitening agent and open the pores of the teeth, accelerating the whitening process.
With this kit, you’ll wear the Whitestrips alone for 30 minutes, then pop in the LED light, turn it on, and continue whitening for another 10 minutes. The instructions say to repeat this process for 14 consecutive days, though you can stop at any time if you reach the results you want early. Keep in mind that the LED light is designed to stop working after 14 uses, so if you want to whiten your teeth again in the future, you cannot just buy more strips.
Luckily, Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light is easy to find, available via many online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.
Pros & Cons
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light is an effective, convenient whitening product, but no whitening product is perfect. Here are their biggest advantages and drawbacks.
- It is easier to apply the strips than to measure out the gel that other kits use.
- Results can last up to 6 months.
- The cost is lower than some other kits with LED lights.
- Crest has a long track record of delivering high-quality dental hygiene products.
- It isn’t a sensitive formula, so it can cause pain in the teeth and gums.
- The disposable light isn’t meant to be reused, increasing the cost of using the kit in the long run.
The number one feature you want in a whitening kit is effectiveness. You want to be sure that you’ll be seeing a whiter smile in the mirror by the end of treatment. So, where does Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light fall on the effectiveness scale?
Fairly high. The kit can whiten the teeth up to eight shades over the typical 14-day treatment, with results that last up to 6 months. However, most customers reported results more in the 2-5-shade range. That’s still a notable difference for most users, but if you have significant yellowing, you might want to do more research on other kits before you buy.
Most customers state that they noticed a difference in their teeth by the end of the second session, which can be attributed to two factors. First, the solution in the strips is slightly acidic. While this isn’t enough to damage the enamel, it is enough to break up surface stains on the teeth that daily brushing can’t handle, even if you use whitening toothpaste. Second, it contains a 6.5% concentration of hydrogen peroxide — the active whitening agent. Both work quickly, which means that most of your results come through in the first days of treatment, even if you whiten for the full ten days.
Our 4-out-of-5-star effectiveness rating ultimately comes down to the LED light. Many reviewers note that it shuts off sooner than 10 minutes, and that the batteries die before 14 sessions.
Short-lived batteries might not seem like a huge issue. Just replace them, right? Unfortunately, there’s no way to access the battery compartment, so once the light stops working, that’s it. While it seems to work just fine for the majority of customers, we came across enough complaints to feel that this makes a difference in the kit’s overall effectiveness.
In-office, dentist-directed whitening is the gold standard for brightening smiles, but most adults choose at-home whitening kits like Crest 3D Whitestrips because they’re significantly less expensive.
Professional whitening starts at $600 and can easily cost more than $1,000 depending on where you live and which treatment you choose. Typically listed around $70, Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light delivers stunning results for a fraction of the cost.
But does it offer a lot of value? To determine this, you need to look at two things: what’s included in the kit and how much you end up paying per whitening session.
The Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light kit is pretty bare bones when you compare it to other LED whitening systems. It includes the light, ten whitening strips for the upper teeth, and ten for the lower teeth. Compare this to GLO Brilliant ($199), which includes a carrying case, lip balm, and other helpful accessories — as well as a light you can use again and again.
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but you do get everything you actually need to whiten your teeth, so it’s not the end of the world. The bigger issue is how this ~$70 price tag breaks down per whitening session. Since you get 14 sessions per kit, you’re paying about $5 per session. To put that in perspective, GLO Brilliant’s cost per session is about $13.
The one thing those other companies can’t offer you? Crest’s brand power and industry experience. Sometimes, you just feel more comfortable going with the time-tested company you know rather than a smaller provider.
Quality of Ingredients
Over two decades, Crest Whitestrips have brightened millions of smiles. They’ve been proven effective time and time again. But the method is just as important as the results.
The majority of teeth whitening kits use peroxide — either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light opts for hydrogen peroxide. At a 6.5% concentration, it offers pretty standard strength for a non-prescription at-home kit.
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t necessarily better or worse than carbamide peroxide, but it’s roughly three times more powerful. So kits that use carbamide peroxide will have a much higher concentration, but you’re getting similar whitening power.
Crest’s hydrogen peroxide is supported by other ingredients that assist in application, effectiveness, and flavor. These include:
- Acrylates copolymer
- Sodium hydroxide
- Sodium saccharin
These ingredients are pretty standard in whitening products, though some are more specific to whitening strips, helping them adhere to the teeth. While this formula isn’t as strong as what you can get from a dentist (24-30% for professional whitening vs. 6.5% here), it meets or exceeds the strength of most kits that rely on hydrogen peroxide for whitening.
As a busy adult, you probably don’t want a whitening kit that is going to clutter your schedule. Ideally, it should be quick to apply, allow you to go about your life while using it, and require minimal clean-up when you’re done.
Here is where Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light gets its chance to shine. Whitestrips were made with convenience in mind, and the addition of an LED light doesn’t change that at all.
Before getting started, brush your teeth and floss to remove any particles that could hinder the whitening results. Then, wait 30 minutes to ensure there’s no toothpaste residue on your teeth. Once those 30 minutes are up, dry your teeth, apply the strips, and go about your usual routine — just don’t eat or drink until you’re done.
You’ll wear the strips for 30 minutes. When that half hour is up, pop in the light, turn it on, and wear it with the strips for 10 minutes. After that, take out the light, pull off the strips, then rinse your mouth with water to eliminate any excess gel. You’ll need to wait about 20-30 minutes before eating and drinking, as well as brushing your teeth with toothpaste (though you can brush without it when you rinse if the gel residue is bothering you).
It’s a highly portable kit, so you can whiten your teeth pretty much anywhere. It doesn’t come with a carrying case, but even a sandwich bag or unused makeup bag can work well. Overall, few LED-enhanced whitening kits can match Crest Whitestrips With Light in convenience.
Here’s a harsh truth: whitening your teeth is never completely comfortable. Whether you are in your dentist’s chair sporting a smile stretcher or at home with a bulky tray in your mouth, you’ll likely feel a little silly and uncomfortable. But some kits mitigate this discomfort better than others.
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light does pretty well here. Most LED whitening kits have two items you need to wear — whitening trays and the light. And in some cases, there are two separate trays rather than a single piece. This can be pretty bulky, to the point of notable discomfort.
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light replaces the trays with strips, and the strips are significantly thinner. As a result, your lips and cheeks don’t feel as stretched as they might with others that have an LED light.
The fact that you only use the light for ten minutes per session is a big bonus since other kits require you to keep the light in for up to 32 minutes. Plus, the light is lightweight and hands-free. Some other kits have heavier lights or ones that you have to hold in place, reducing your ability to multitask.
The top complaint from customers is that Crest’s kit tends to cause tooth sensitivity. Crest suggests taking a few days off between sessions if your teeth start to feel sensitive. While this extends your timeline for seeing final results, the comfort is often worth it.
Some customers also noted that the gel leaves a gooey film that lingers on the teeth until you can brush them — 20-30 minutes after the session. However, since Crest doesn’t promote the kit as ideal for sensitive teeth and the film isn’t too concerning, we think Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light delivers a pretty comfortable experience.
What Are Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light Customers Saying?
Overall, customers who purchase Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light really love the product and the results it delivers. Many rave about its efficiency, effectiveness, and availability.
Unlike many other LED teeth whitening options, Crest Whitestrips have been around long enough to have a loyal following. While the light might be new, customers have been consistently using the strips for decades. As such, there are a lot of people who just wouldn’t consider using anything else.
Still, there are some complaints. The most common is that the formula causes sensitivity. However, we find the complaints about the light more notable. Many customers are unhappy with the fact that it is designed to stop working after 14 uses and some report that it stops working before they finish all 14 treatments. Quite a few people stated that they would love to see Crest make a more lasting LED light, even if it means paying a bit more.
Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light brings a lot to the table, including a high level of convenience and one of the most comfortable whitening experiences on the market. If you choose this whitening kit, we think you’ll be thrilled with the results. Just be aware that it isn’t ideal for sensitive teeth and the light has its limitations.
Not quite sold on Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light? Visit our review of the 4 best LED teeth whitening kits to compare your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the LED light actually make a difference?
LED light does enhance teeth whitening. However, most kits will have you use the light for about 30 minutes per session, not ten. We aren’t sure that in this amount of time, the light can really make much of a difference.
If you purchase Crest 3D Whitestrips on their own, you can save a little bit more than $20, compared to purchasing the kit with the LED light. So, the question is if the boosted results justify spending that extra $20.
Will the LED light burn my mouth?
It shouldn’t. Contrary to popular belief, LED lights do produce heat, but it is so low that it is hardly noticeable. However, heat with teeth whitening isn’t inherently bad. For example, GLO Brilliant uses both LED lights and gentle warmth to whiten teeth.
I’ve heard that whitening your teeth can damage the enamel. Is it safe to whiten my teeth at home?
Yes! At-home teeth whitening is nothing new, and Crest Whitestrips have been at the forefront of the industry for two decades. Whitening your teeth can indeed damage the enamel if done incorrectly, but if you have good oral health to start with and you follow the directions included with your kit, the process is completely safe.
When is the best time to whiten your teeth?
There is no bad time to whiten your teeth as long as you are in good health and your teeth and gums are in great shape. However, we suggest that you try to do it after visiting your dentist for your semi-annual cleaning. This ensures you are whitening the teeth, not the plaque and tartar that might have accumulated on them. If you whiten with plaque and tartar in place, once they are removed, your teeth will look spotty.
My teeth are looking yellow but I don’t have any common teeth-staining habits. What happened?
Coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco are all common culprits behind severe yellowing of the teeth. However, pretty much everything you eat and drink can stain the teeth. On top of this, the white part of your teeth is the enamel, and it wears down as you age. The thinner it gets, the more the naturally yellow dentin shows through.
Is whitening safe if you have braces or a fixed retainer?
Safe, yes. A good idea? Possibly not. Fixed appliances are attached to the teeth with dental adhesive, so whitening agents can’t get underneath them to reach your teeth. Once the appliance is removed, it’ll leave a shadow in the shape of your brackets or wire. So, if the appliance is on the front of your teeth, you probably shouldn’t try whitening until it is removed. If it’s behind your teeth, the shadow is hidden, so it’s not a big deal for most people.
What about whitening the teeth if you have a removable appliance, like aligners?
Whitening your teeth when using aligners is a great way to get a complete smile makeover. Many at-home aligner companies actually offer whitening products, either as part of their kit or as an add-on to your aligner purchase.
Is it risky to whiten your teeth when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Research on this is very limited. We suggest that you contact your OBGYN or your child’s pediatrician so they can help you make an informed decision.
Will Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light whiten restorative dentistry?
If you have surface stains on crowns, fillings, and veneers, the Whitestrips can remove them. However, they cannot change the original color.
I need fast results. Can I use Crest 3D Whitestrips With Light multiple times in one day?
No. If you do this, you will likely damage your enamel and cause extreme sensitivity, to the point that you cannot eat or drink. Always follow the instructions included in the kit.