If I were a social media influencer for 24 hours, I imagine my day would go something like this: Post adorable athleisure photo with a FabFitFun promo code, snap some #ootd photos in which I appear to be giggling at something off-camera while clutching a mug of coffee (which I rarely drink, but it's relatable), take a nap, and then start a live Instagram video in which I share my beauty secrets with my loyal followers. My visually arresting lineup of products would most certainly include the Crest 3D White No Slip Whitestrips With Light, the brand's fan-favorite teeth-whitening strips plus a palm-size round disc with a concave strip of blue lights that, after wearing the strips for a full hour, you beam on your teeth for about five minutes.
In reality, I’m never going to post an #ootd, and I don’t need my products to be visually arresting. But I still use Crest’s light-up invention, because, quite simply, it’s efficient. One 10-treatment package (I use the strips only every other week) lasts me half the year and keeps my teeth at a constant level of whiteness, despite my recent obsession with having tea every day at work.
The strips are some of Crest’s best yet — they’re sturdy and grip strongly to the surface of my teeth so they don’t end up slowly, sadly slipping and dangling from my teeth like others I’ve tried. It’s easy to wear them for a full hour while I hit the gym or chat with my mom on the phone (things I’d never attempt with wimpier strips). They do, like any hard-core teeth whitening system I've ever tried, make my teeth feel sensitive if I use them on back-to-back days, so the most frequently I'll use them is every other day, even when I'm trying to really ramp up my results. Otherwise, I'd be relegated solely to room-temperature drinks for a few days following.
The blue light is a little less easy-breezy. It’s cool to light it up, but when I insert it in my mouth, I look more like a teenage orthodontic patient than a member of the Insta-elite. But it’s worth it to get the extra whitening boost (the blue light helps break up stains so the peroxide in the strips works better) without a trip to the dentist’s office.