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Many of the best things in life will stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, fruit juice, tomato sauce, and even curry. This is why teeth whitening treatment has grown in popularity over the years.
Many dentists offer professional whitening treatments in their office, but these can be very pricy. Luckily, home whitening treatments have grown more versatile, effective, and affordable. But with thousands of over-the-counter products on the market, it can be difficult to know what’s going to actually give you a brighter smile.
Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are the active ingredients found in teeth whitening agents. The good news is both of these teeth whiteners have been proven effective and safe.
According to the American Dental Association, home teeth whitening kits are safe if used as directed — but overuse could lead to enamel damage. With that in mind, we’ve collected the most effective at-home teeth whitening systems available:
Crest Whitestrips have been a market leader since the beginning of the DIY whitening craze. These Crest 3D White Whitestrips are ADA approved, meaning they are safe and effective when used as instructed. Fourteen treatments are included in each box. Apply them once a day for 30 minutes to remove surface stains and achieve a whiter smile.
AuraGlow is an easy to use home tooth whitening system that uses an advanced 35% carbamide peroxide whitening solution and led lights to give you whiter teeth. There are approximately 20 treatments included. Use daily for 30 minutes to remove discoloration and gain optimal brightening results.
GLO Brilliant uses LED lights as well as heat to give you faster results. This kit is for people who want white teeth quickly. Applications only take 8 minutes. They suggest completing four back-to-back applications each day for five straight days, or until you’re pleased with the results. This is a fast and effective whitening process, but it is the most expensive item on our list.
These Whitestrips were developed to provide a comfortable at-home whitening experience for people who have tooth sensitivity but still want to brighten their pearly whites. These enamel-safe strips get applied for 30 minutes daily.
The AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Pen will deliver results when you’re traveling or on the go. You can coat your teeth quickly and easily with the ergonomic design. However, we suggest using the AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit to increase the whitening effects of this treatment.
Lumineux Oral Essentials were developed utilizing coconut oil, lemon peel oil, sage oil, and dead sea salt to remove stains from your teeth instead of bleach (hydrogen peroxide). They were developed with dental professionals and are non-toxic, SLS-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, and vegan. Apply the strips for 30 minutes every day and see results in 7+ days.
This is a good option for anyone who doesn’t want to change their oral hygiene routine. Simply combine Go SMiLE teeth whitening gel with your own toothbrush and toothpaste and brush for two minutes twice daily. You should see results within a few days of consistent use.
Sensodyne is one of the most recommended toothpaste brands by dentists. This whitening formula will protect your teeth, even if they are sensitive, and work to brighten your smile. Whitening toothpaste takes at least two to three times as long to see results, but this might be a better alternative for people with poor enamel or very sensitive teeth.
Crest 3D White Luxe mouthwash works to remove surface stains, kill bad breath germs, and protect from future staining.
Be sure to speak with a dentist to get a personalized recommendation for whiter teeth. Do not combine products and use them exactly as directed.
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