When Crest Whitestrips are a mistake.

When Crest Whitestrips are a mistake.

Central incisors showing translucency.
This is to illustrate why tooth whitening strips may be detrimental.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Crest products. My personal favorite toothpaste is Crest ProHealth, the regular version. I just love the taste.  I’m also a big fan of their ProHealth mouth rinse. In the office, we have Listerine mouth rinse and Crest ProHealth mouth rinse.  When I’ve had onion or garlic for lunch, and I want to blister my breath with something strong, I will reach for the Listerine.  But in general, I prefer Crest’s ProHealth mouth rinse.  It has a much nicer flavor.
So what about Whitestrips? The first time I saw Crest Whitestrips was at Yankee Dental a few years back, a yearly Dental Convention that is held in Boston. I just had a bad feeling when I saw their new product that they were planning to release to the general public.  At the time I didn’t think it was such a good idea, and I must admit, I tried.  I thought I would love their product, and as much as I like all their other products, Crest Whitestrips is not one of them.

When Crest Whitening Strips are a mistake.

The picture shows one reason Crest Whitestrips can be a mistake without Dental supervision. This picture illustrates tooth transparency. The idea with tooth transparency is that the tooth is like glass and that you can see through it. So for example, with this patient, if my gloves are red, and I put my red glove behind the tooth, you can see red through the tooth. Or if my glove is purple, and I put my glove behind the tooth, you would see purple show through the tooth.

Central incisor showing translucency.
Click on photo to enlarge. This is to illustrate why tooth whitening strips may be detrimental.

Tooth whitening products can make your teeth MORE transparent.
The teeth may look whiter, but when you smile, the overall effect will be gray, where the darkness from the oral cavity is coming through the tooth.  Just the opposite of the desired result you’re trying to obtain.
We at Seasons of Smiles Dental love tooth whitening products. The tooth whitening strips that we are currently promoting for our patients is Sheer White! 20% Professional Teeth Whitening Strips Films Kit by CAO Group. The kit is so inexpensive, but what I really like about this product is our office can assist and supervise our patients, as they go through the process of whitening their teeth, without due harm.
We at Seasons of Smiles Dental love everything teeth related!!! If you have any questions about the health of your teeth or their appearance, give us a call.


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  4. Estelle

    For those of us who have already made the mistake of using crest white strips what now?? Is there any way of correcting our transparent teeth? Can we ever whiten again, will it only get worse? Does this happen with professional dental bleaching or just crest white strips? Help..

    April 3, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply
    1. Hello Estelle, In my opinion, professional dental bleaching can do the same as Crest white strips. Hopefully the dental office won’t be prescribing tooth whitening products on patients that have transparent teeth. Is there a way to loose the transparency? Great question. I need to work on that question, I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Thanks for stopping by.

      April 3, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply
  5. Adrienne

    Is there any way to improve the cosmetic appearance of transparent teeth?

    June 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply
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    September 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply
  7. The above information shared here is very much useful, I have used the crest products but did not find any problem. I am about to use these crest whitening strips but now, i will take doctor’s perception before using it. Thanks for sharing such crucial information.

    June 28, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply
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  9. Very useful information.

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  11. very nice and very good content for article.

    October 7, 2019 at 4:27 am Reply
  12. ah, it sucks to know that my translucent teeth cannot be whitened. what do you suggest I do instead?

    March 15, 2021 at 6:31 pm Reply
    1. Good morning Sarah, there are options, call and set up an appointment, and we can go over your options.

      February 20, 2024 at 9:10 am Reply
  13. Ivan Vazquez

    So years later, did you ever find a solution for transparent teeth? Dealing with this right now.. I asked my dentist, but she didn’t say anything about not whitening my teeth.. So how do I fix or rebuild them?

    July 14, 2023 at 2:07 am Reply

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