I fully plan on coming out of this quarantine with a whiter smile.

By Amina Lake Abdelrahman
Updated Apr 10, 2020 @ 5:15 pm
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I love drinking coffee and red wine just as much as the next person, but unfortunately both beverages are a bit ruthless when it comes to staining my teeth. Since I refuse to consider giving them up, I normally try to whiten my teeth twice a year — often after visiting the dentist for my routine cleaning. But this past year, life got in the way (as it does) and I never got around to using the teeth whitening strips I’ve had tucked away in my drawer.

Now that we’re all social distancing in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, I’ve been spending a lot more time at home than usual — and finally putting my Crest whitening strips to use has been the most productive thing I’ve done during this quarantine so far.

I love that I can whiten my teeth while doing just about anything: I’ve worn my Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips while watching Tiger King on Netflix, washing the huge pile of dishes in my sink, and organizing my bedroom for the fifth time in a week — even while writing stories for work. After just three 30-minute treatments, my friends were already able to notice a difference (over FaceTime, don’t worry).

I prefer the Professional Effects Whitestrips because they work the best out of all the different versions I’ve tried. They don’t slip off my teeth at all (which can be super annoying if you’re trying to multitask, like I do) and they have the best reviews (over 600 shoppers gave them a five-star rating). The box comes with 20 individually wrapped whitening treatments, and each treatment consists of a top and a bottom strip coated with whitening gel. All you have to do is wear them for 30 minutes a day in order to see results, which is pretty easy when you’re home all day long.

These Crest whitestrips make me feel so much more confident on those last-minute Zoom calls, which is especially appreciated since the virus forced many of us to switch to at-home beauty treatments. Once the shelter-in-place order is over, the extra confidence from my whiter teeth will continue when I can see my friends and coworkers in person again.

Even though the Professional Effects Whitestrips are my favorite, there are plenty of other effective options available, including one for sensitive teeth and a one-hour express version. Snag a box for yourself below so you can be on your way to whiter teeth — even if you’re staying home for the near future.

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