The Differences Between Crest Whitestrips Vivid 3D & Advanced Seal

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Coffee and tea stain teeth, leading to the need for whitening.
Coffee and tea stain teeth, leading to the need for whitening. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Crest has been making hygiene products for the teeth since 1955. At the time of publication, Crest offered six whitening products in the 3D Teeth Whitening System, with Vivid 3D the basic product in the line. Three of the six products, including Advanced Vivid, incorporate Advanced Seal no-slip technology. Although Crest claims all of its teeth whitening products are effective, there are differences between Vivid 3D and Advanced Vivid with Advanced Seal.

Application and Slipping

Vivid 3D and Advanced Vivid with Advanced Seal are applied in the same way; the strips are put direcly on the teeth. The high-performance polymers in Advanced Vivid enable easier application and a stronger grip than with the Vivid 3D product. Advanced Vivid is formed to fit teeth better and does not slip once applied. Users of Vivid 3D are not supposed to eat or drink during treatment and may find it difficult to speak clearly while the strips are in place. Users of Advanced Vivid can eat, drink and talk clearly while the strips are in place.

Application Time

The products vary in application time, number of applications and days of treatment. Vivid 3D is applied twice a day for 30 minutes for a total of 20 applications. Advanced Vivid with Advanced Seal is applied only once a day for 30 minutes for 14 days for a total of 14 applications. Using the product for more than the recommended time may harm teeth.

Results

Most users can expect to start seeing results from Vivid 3D in three days and maximum results in 10 days. Crest recommends users with particularly hard stains use the product for an additional 10 days. Users of Advanced Vivid with Advanced Seal can start to see results in three days, with maximum results in 14 days. Crest claims that Vivid 3D visibly whitens teeth while Advanced Vivid dramatically whitens teeth.

Cost

Both Vivid 3D and Advanced Vivid with Advanced Seal can be purchased at pharmacies, at leading discount stores and online. At the time of publication, the suggested retail price for Vivid 3D was $27.99, and the suggested price for Advanced Vivid was $44.99.

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