Whitestrips are plastic adhesive strips containing hydrogen peroxide. Two companies presently sell whitestrips in retail stores,” Rembrandt by Oral- B” with 18.5% hydrogen peroxide and “Crest Premium” with 10%. Crest also has “Professional “ with 6.5% hydrogen peroxide and” Supreme” with 14% both available through dentists. Delmarva Dental Services has seen good results with all forms of ”Crest Whitestrips”. Although “Rembrandt’s by Oral B” Whitestrips are new, there is no reason to expect it not to be effective as well. As with all forms of whitening: office, home trayor whitestrips the higher the percentage of hydrogen peroxide the more effective. The chemistry of whitening has not changed for 35 years, only the methods of application.
The technique is easy. Just open the packaged strip, affix it as closely as possible to your teeth and wear for at least 30 minutes. If possible, you should brush first. The disadvantage of whitestrips over home tray whitening is when teeth are not straight the strips do not contact all of the teeth uniformly. This will cause uneven whitening. The advantage to whitestrips over home tray is that it is less costly. As with all whitening it does not lighten crowns, porcelain veneers or fillings.