How do Lumist Teeth Whitening Strips Compare to Crest?

When it comes to home teeth whitening, Crest Whitestrips are a well-recognized product.

But how do Lumist Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips compare?

One of the biggest differences between Crest and Lumist can be found where it matters most- the ingredients. When those ingredients are going straight into your mouth where they're likely to be absorbed, don't you want to know what's in them?

In an article published on Ask the Dentist, Mark Burhenne, DDS breaks down the products found in Crest Whitestrips, labeling some of them as "toxic or harmful when used in the mouth", so much so that Europe and Canada have chosen to ban the use of them for products that will go in your mouth.

Let's not stop there though. While ingredients are important, they're not the only thing we had in mind when creating a strip that was better for you.

From comfort, to taste, to time- the choice is clear. No, literally, Lumist Strips become clear after they're applied which means you can carry on with your life.

Here are the top 5 comparisons to consider when looking at Lumist next to Crest.

Comparison #1: 6% Hydrogen Peroxide vs. 20% Carbamide Peroxide

Crest uses Hydrogen Peroxide as the primary whitening ingredient while Lumist's primary ingredient is Carbamide Peroxide. So which one is better?

The truth is, they are both equally great in whitening, but Carbamide Peroxide is more stable because it slowly releases Hydrogen Peroxide in a limited amount at a time. 

What does this mean for you? 

Hydrogen Peroxide can be harmful if it's not handled correctly, which is why dentists will protect the gums before applying in-office teeth whitening; it's also why many at-home kits come with a much lower percentage of Hydrogen Peroxide than you find in professional settings. It can actually kill off the good bacteria and it can burn the gums.

Carbamide Peroxide also has a longer shelf life which means if you buy an extra box to have on-hand, it's less likely to expire before you get around to using it.

Comparison #2: Results in 14 Days vs. 5 Days

Life moves fast these days and not everything that's thrown your way comes with a warning. What happens when you find out about that weekend event last-minute or get slammed with a presentation that's due next week?

Not only does Lumist require less treatments, but the level of sensitivity you're likely to experience with Crest might turn that 14 day treatment into a month ( or longer ). 

Comparison #3: Messy Gel Strip vs. Patented Comfort Fit Strip

Who has time to sit in the bathroom for 60 minutes? Especially, when those last-minute surprises come up. Not you.

You've got things to do. That's why we invented the most comfortable, form-fitting strips that STAY PUT. With our strips, you can still catch your yoga class, squeeze in a morning meditation, run to the grocery store, pick up the kids, and even drink water.

Plus, you won't have to worry about those pesky strips sliding up onto the gums, causing the harmful burning sensation that comes from Hydrogen Peroxide found in Crest. The Carbamide Peroxide gel found in our strips is built INTO the strip, meaning it stays put too. (No slobbery mess!)

Comparison #4: Sensitive Teeth vs. 0 Sensitivity

Need we say more? No one likes that feeling of an ice cold drink of water or a hot cup of coffee when your teeth are aching. 

Go ahead, eat that popsicle, drink the coffee, for goodness sakes, drink your water!

Comparison #5: Bitter Chemical Residue vs. Clean Minty Fresh Taste

Better ingredients means better after-taste, and virtually no taste in the process (because no one like a big gulp of water with a bitter chemical taste on top).