Anyway, back to the topic: Crest 3D Whitestrips. I have always had a problem with my teeth not being very white. It is a result of having an overbite, which as a child made my lips stay partially open all of the time. This caused my teeth to be exposed to stuff that made them not white. Lately, I have started using Crest 3D white toothpaste and it helps immensely. My mom even commented when I went home for Christmas that my teeth look whiter. It's not the cheapest toothpaste out there, normally costing $6 a tube, but I found it at Rite Aid for $6 for a two-pack, so of course, I bought it. And it's great. It's made my teeth whiter, but they still aren't the whitest. I'm not one of those people who wants my teeth to be so unnaturally white that every time I smile, it's like I'm firing a laser into people's eyes. I would just like to have teeth that are white enough. The whitestrips sample came with a top strip and bottom strip in a foil packet. The instructions say to peel off the strips and place them on your teeth and leave them on for 30 minutes, then peel them off. So that's what I did. Here are the notes that I took. The first thing that surprises me is that the back isn't goopy at all. When they say that they have gel on them, it's more like sticker adhesive than anything. I expected it to be maybe even a little messy, but it was not, so I was pleased. They were really simple to apply, even with my crooked teeth. Pro tip: If you do have crooked teeth like me, you can just apply them normally and then gently press them to contact with the surface of your crooked teeth, so that all of your teeth get whitened evenly. The plastic is fairly flexible and the warmth inside your mouth will make it so you can easily get it where it needs to go. You do the bottom strip first and then the top strip, as the directions tell you to. Apply it evenly to the front of your teeth then fold it over the back so it stays on. I was also pleasantly surprised that they didn't have any weird taste. I was expecting them to taste like mint or maybe fluoride, but they just tasted like plastic. After you put them on, you just go about your normal life for 30 minutes, except you can't eat or drink anything. You aren't allowed to smoke either, but I don't do that anyway. They do feel sort of weird, like I would imagine a retainer would feel, and you probably won't be able to talk understandably (I wasn't, but I did it when I was home alone). I'm not sure if this happens for everyone, but I would imagine that it is: you will produce a lot of saliva while they are in. Another thing that happened is that they started causing me a little bit of pain where they were near the gum on one of my teeth, once I was 15 minutes in. The pain quickly subsided. So if you have sensitive teeth, these are not for you. When you take them off, I would recommend having a paper towel, tissue, or toilet paper handy, because they get really slimy and goopy when you remove them. So you will want to throw them away and then wipe off your hands. They came off really easily, which was surprising, since they sealed onto my teeth so well. After you take them off, your teeth will be slimy, so you should brush them. And now the part I'm sure you've all been waiting for: the results!
Sidenote: How cute is my necklace? This talented and lovely lady made it for me. You should go show her blog and her Etsy shop some love.
And I know (meaning that I assume) you're all anxious to see what the hilarious Woody sent me in the mail for my Thrift Store Pen Pal review. Well, you're going to have to wait for that until sometime next week, because I plan to make a vlog about it. And it's good. (The package I mean, not necessarily the vlog, which hasn't been made yet.)