Central incisors showing translucency.

This is to illustrate why tooth whitening strips may be detrimental.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Crest products. My personal favorite toothpaste is Crest ProHealth, the regular version. I just love the taste.  I’m also a big fan of their ProHealth mouth rinse. In the office, we have Listerine mouth rinse and Crest ProHealth mouth rinse.  When I’ve had onion or garlic for lunch, and I want to blister my breath with something strong, I will reach for the Listerine.  But in general, I prefer Crest’s ProHealth mouth rinse.  It has a much nicer flavor.

So what about Whitestrips? The first time I saw Crest Whitestrips was at Yankee Dental a few years back, a yearly Dental Convention that is held in Boston. I just had a bad feeling when I saw their new product that they were planning to release to the general public.  At the time I didn’t think it was such a good idea, and I must admit, I tried.  I thought I would love their product, and as much as I like all their other products, Crest Whitestrips is not one of them.

When Crest Whitening Strips are a mistake.

The picture shows one reason Crest Whitestrips can be a mistake without Dental supervision. This picture illustrates tooth transparency. The idea with tooth transparency is that the tooth is like glass and that you can see through it. So for example, with this patient, if my gloves are red, and I put my red glove behind the tooth, you can see red through the tooth. Or if my glove is purple, and I put my glove behind the tooth, you would see purple show through the tooth.

Central incisor showing translucency.

Click on photo to enlarge. This is to illustrate why tooth whitening strips may be detrimental.

Tooth whitening products can make your teeth MORE transparent.

The teeth may look whiter, but when you smile, the overall effect will be gray, where the darkness from the oral cavity is coming through the tooth.  Just the opposite of the desired result you’re trying to obtain.

We at Seasons of Smiles Dental love tooth whitening products. The tooth whitening strips that we are currently promoting for our patients is Sheer White! 20% Professional Teeth Whitening Strips Films Kit by CAO Group. The kit is so inexpensive, but what I really like about this product is our office can assist and supervise our patients, as they go through the process of whitening their teeth, without due harm.

We at Seasons of Smiles Dental love everything teeth related!!! If you have any questions about the health of your teeth or their appearance, give us a call.

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