Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid are a Best Reviewed selection because they produce fast results and are easy to use. They adhere well to teeth but can be a bit tricky to remove. Like all teeth whiteners, Crest Whitestrips can cause sensitivity in teeth. If this is a concern, consider using the runner-up Go Smile: B1 Whitening System ampoules ($50) . They are more expensive, but are said to be better tolerated by those with sensitive teeth.
Immediate results. Clinical tests show Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid, formerly Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal, to be nearly as effective as professional light-assisted whitening, although results may not last as long. Users at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com are pleased with the results -- several say teeth appear brighter after just three or four applications, with more pronounced whitening at the end of treatment. One user says, "I noticed my teeth looked whiter after the first use." Another says, "My teeth aren't blinding fake white, but the strips removed all of the stains and now my teeth are a pleasing, even natural white." A tester for Woman's Day magazine says her teeth "looked immediately whiter after taking the strips off each time."
Talk and sip water while you whiten. Reviewers love the convenience of Advanced Vivid Whitestrips because they can be worn while going about everyday activities. They contain extra polymers that help them better adhere to teeth, creating less saliva mess and less slippage than previous Whitestrips versions. One user at Drugstore.com says, "They stayed in place, even after a drink of water." Reviewers say the strips go on easy but that they stick so well they can be tricky to remove. Several users suggest that peeling them off from the back of teeth is a bit easier.
May cause tooth sensitivity. Crest 3D Advanced Vivid Whitestrips contain a 9.5 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which has been approved by the FDA for over-the-counter teeth bleaching. Like all teeth whiteners, however, they can cause tooth sensitivity. These issues generally subside when whitening treatments are discontinued.
One user at Drugstore.com says it helps to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a week before starting treatments. She also recommends taking an ibuprofen one hour before each treatment. For some, however, nothing seems to help except discontinuing treatment. Sensitivity issues vary greatly from one user to another. Experts recommend talking to your dentist before beginning any whitening regimen to ensure that you are a good candidate.
Our Sources: Crest 3D White Whitestrip Reviews
1. 87th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research
Researchers evaluate the efficacy of professional light-assisted teeth whitening in comparison to that of Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal (now Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid). Both products produce similar results.
Review: Clinical Comparison of Take-Home Whitening Strips and In-Office Light-Assisted Whitening, G. Kugel et al., July 16, 2010
2. Woman's Day
In this report for Woman's Day magazine, testers evaluate the performance of a number of popular whiteners. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid earn 4 out of 5 stars. The tester praises their convenience and almost instant whitening ability, but says she had to discontinue use because they made her teeth ache.
Review: WD Reviews: Teeth Whiteners, Olivia Putnal, Not Dated
According to this short review, the Advanced Vivid strips are easy to apply, have no unpleasant taste and produce long-lasting results. The Allure website suggests that the magazine's team of editors tests products for reviews, but it doesn't list any specific methodology for the process.
Review: Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Whitestrips, Kayleigh Donahue, 2010
The product is rated 3.8 out of 5 stars and receives recommendations from 86 percent of the 27 reviewers. Most reviewers are pleased with how well the strips worked, although some say the product caused tooth sensitivity. One reviewer notes that she was able to simply skip a day whenever her teeth began to ache.
Review: Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid, Contributors to TeethWhiteningReviews.com, As of January 2014
In this comprehensive best-of list, the author selects the superior whitening products in a variety of categories, such as whitening kits, whitening strips and whitening gels. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid take the number-one spot for the whitening strips category. Boyd says the strips "produce professional results in 2 weeks" and are "easy to remove and clean up."
Review: Best Teeth Whitening Products of 2012, Sharon Boyd, RDH, Dec. 29, 2012
This slideshow of the best and worst whitening products is curated by the editors of TotalBeauty.com, based on reviews by contributors to the website. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid are ranked in second place, with readers saying they stay in place well and don't leave behind any unpleasant residue. Most reviewers are pleased with the results, but some say users with sensitive teeth may have to moderate their use of the product.
Review: 2 Best Teeth Whiteners -- and the 4 Worst, Amanda Montell, Sept. 17, 2013
More than 200 consumers at Drugstore.com give Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most say they saw visible results after two to three days, but some say they are a bit harsh and can cause sensitivity. A few contributors complain that the lower strip is too small to cover all the teeth.
Review: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of January 2014
More than 540 users at Amazon.com rate and review Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid, giving them a high overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Most users say they are pleased with the visible results. Some mention sensitivity issues, but others didn't notice any discomfort.
Review: Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Teeth Whitening Strips 14 Count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014