Looking for a whiter, brighter smile? Two available products are Crest Whitestrips and Nite White Excel 3 Turbo. This article describes the pros and cons of each product.
Crest Whitestrips are widely used for an easy, at home way to a brighter smile. Whitestrips are available at most grocery, discount, and drug stores. The box of Crest Whitestrips Classic contains 56 strips. Half of these strips are designed for the top teeth, and the other half are designed for the bottom. Crest Whitestrips Classic, Crest Whitestrips Premium, Premium Plus, and Renewal are available at stores. Other strengths, such as Crest Professional Strength and Crest Professional Strength Supreme can only be purchased from some dentists.
The Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kit is only available from dentists. This product contains three syringes full of whitening paste. In order to use this product, however, you must also have a mold of your teeth prepared by a dentist. Nite White Excel 3 Turbo is available in several different strengths.
Which of these two products has the best results? Both products whiten and brighten your teeth. Crest Whitestrips are simply removed from the package and smoothed onto your teeth. Crest Whitestrips, however, can be difficult for some people to use, as the strips have a tendency to slide off of your teeth. Some users also report an unacceptable amount of drooling while using Crest Whitestrips. The Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kit is somewhat easier to use. Once you have the thin plastic mold of your upper and lower teeth, you simply need to squeeze a tear drop size of the whitening paste into each tooth, and pop the molds into your mouth. You should wear the molds in your mouth for the amount of time recommended by your dentist. The molds that hold the Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kit are easier to sleep in, and less drooling occurs. The trays are somewhat uncomfortable the first night you wear them, but they become more comfortable the more you use them.
The Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kit also offers better coverage for your teeth. The trays fitted by your dentist cover your whole mouth, so that if you choose, you can whiten each of your teeth, even the molars in back. Crest Whitestrips, on the other hand, only cover the front teeth. If your smile is wide, and shows more than your front teeth, the Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kit is the best option for better coverage.
Although Nite White Excel 3 Turbo offers better coverage and is more comfortable, it is also more costly. The dental molds of your teeth and the first whitening kit can cost anywhere from $300-$500, depending upon where you live. The molds, however, are yours to keep. The molds can then be used over and over for whitening purposes until the position of your teeth change and the molds no longer fit. After making the initial purchase of the mold, you would only need to purchase additional Nite White Excel 3 Turbo kits to keep your bright smile. The amount of kits you buy would depend upon how often you wish to whiten and how bright you want your smile to be. The Nite White Excel Turbo 3 kit itself generally costs from $40-$60. These items are usually not covered by dental insurance. Nite White Excel Turbo 3 is also available on some websites, such as http://www.eBay.com and http://www.smilox.com/smile/nitewhiteturbo.cfm but the quality of the merchandise cannot be guaranteed.
Crest Whitestrips, on the other hand, are less expensive. Store prices range from $25-$40 per package, but Crest Whitestrips Professional Strength from the dentist may cost more. One to two boxes of Crest Whitestrips may be needed to achieve the desired result. Both products can result in heightened sensitivity of the teeth. If you experience sensitivity, contact your dentist for assistance. For those who only plan on whitening a few times during their lives, Crest Whitestrips may offer a better value for the money. For those who plan on maintaining their bright smiles on a regular basis, or who cannot tolerate using Crest Whitestrips, Nite White Excel 3 Turbo offers a comfortable, effective alternative.