Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid produce noticeable results in a relatively short amount of time. Sensitivity issues are minimal and easy to manage. On the other hand, they are messy to use -- they don't adhere well to teeth and cause excessive drooling. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid (*Est. $40) provide the same level of whitening but contain the company's Advanced Seal technology, which helps them to adhere to teeth better.
Noticeable results after a few treatments. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid is an affordable alternative to Advanced Vivid (*Est. $40) whitening strips. They contain 10-percent peroxide gel as well, but are worn only once daily for 30 minutes over a 10-day period.
Reviewers at Amazon.com and TeethWhiteningReviews.com are pleased with the whitening results produced by Vivid whitening strips. One user says, "By the third day there was a significant change in shade." Most notice a change within a few days and more dramatic whitening by the end of the 10-day treatment.
Excessive drooling. Crest Vivid Whitestrips are simple in theory, but users are frustrated by the excessive drooling they cause. For this reason, several suggest only using them at home. Furthermore, users say the whitening strips don't stay in place very well. One reviewer says, " ... the strips are hard to keep in place and slide all over the place if you have to speak; and gives speaking a lisp." Note that this Whitestrips product doesn't have the extra polymers included with the Advanced Vivid version.
Mild sensitivity. The Vivid Whitestrips are designed for beginners, but they still contain a high amount of hydrogen peroxide -- 10 percent. This can cause tooth sensitivity for some, but most say the discomfort is manageable. One user says, "It was not painful enough to stop using the strips, but enough to make you uncomfortable." Crest Whitestrips are safe to use if your teeth and gums are in good health -- otherwise they can cause further damage and pain.
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 120 Amazon.com users give Crest Whitestrips Vivid an average rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars, praising the product's price and perceived ability to whiten. Several point out that they are very messy, however, and don't stay in place very well.
Review: Crest 3D White Strips Enamel Safe Vivid Dental Whitening, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good Reviewers at TeethWhiteningReviews.com say Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid work well for a great price. Some complain about sensitivity but about 60 percent of reviewers here recommend the whitening strips.
Review: Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid, Contributors to TeethWhiteningReviews.com, As of August 2012
Review Credibility: Good Only a handful of users at Drugstore.com rate Crest Whitestrips 3D White Vivid, but most are positive. Several comment about sensitivity issues, saying that the strips are a bit harsh. Most say they do a good job of whitening teeth.
Review: Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid, Enamel Safe, Dental Whitening Kit, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of August 2012
4. 85th General Session of the IADR
Review Credibility: Good Crest Whitestrips Classic (now called Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid) performed as well as two other whitening products in this blind trial. All three products showed statistically significant results after being used for one week.
Review: Safety and Efficacy Results of Whole Mouth Tooth Whitening Treatments, L.A. Stockert et al., March 2007