Safest Teeth Whiteners
The safest ways to whiten your teeth explained
When it comes to choosing a teeth whitening solution that’s best for you, the options are endless. Some kits offer LED lighting, while others promise immediate results. Luckily, the brand Auraglow has taken all these preferences into consideration to build a brand that has something for every kind of user.
Made in America and offering a 30-day, risk-free trial period, there’s lots to love about the brand. Their best-selling Teeth Whitening Kit is only $80, notably less expensive than competitors. It comes with an LED mouthpiece, charging device, and whitening gel. Over 5,000 happy reviewers agree this kit offers the best the industry has to offer.
|Ingredients||Glycerin, Urea Peroxide, Propylene Glycol, Xylitol, Carbomer, Mentha Piperita Oil, Triethanolamine, Aqua|
|How Long to Use||Once a day for 30 days|
Creating enamel-safe products that are also fit for sensitive teeth has been the heart and soul of Auraglow’s process since its inception. The brand counts on enthusiastic reviews and is featured on sites like Health and Allure. Auraglow products are also kosher, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, gluten-free, organic, and contain no artificial colors.
The brand’s offerings range from whitening kits to trays to gels to strips. The website features a Smile Quiz to help customers find the best products for their whitening needs.
The star ingredient in Auraglow’s products is 35% carbamide peroxide. This percentage is scientifically proven to yield effective results with only transient sensitivity.1 Carbamide peroxide is a compound composed of urea and hydrogen peroxide.
According to the National Library of Medicine, “the FDA considers carbamide peroxide to be safe in oral mucosal injury drug products as an oral wound healing agent, although there is insufficient data to establish general recognition of the effectiveness of this ingredient as an oral wound healing agent.”4
Propylene glycol is the third ingredient listed on Auraglow’s Whitening Gel.2 Propylene glycol is a substance that absorbs water. It is found in many medications, cosmetics, and foods since it helps preserve moisture and dissolve other ingredients.
According to Dr. Khushbu Aggarwal, one of NewMouth’s in-house dentists, “though propylene glycol is considered by some to be abrasive, many studies suggest that whitening products containing silica actually have a higher relative dentin abrasivity, a measure the FDA uses for dental products.”
“Typically, if the product is more abrasive, it is more likely to remove stains but also more likely to wear away enamel and dentin over time,” Dr. Aggarwal adds. “Auraglow doesn’t list any silicas in its gel formulation.”
We asked Auraglow to break down the choice of their key ingredients. They stated that, “Carbamide peroxide is one of the most commonly used at home whitening ingredients. It is generally safer because it breaks down slower than hydrogen peroxide and causes less sensitivity for most people.”
The Whitening Gel also includes Mentha Piperita Oil to provide the classically minty flavor we’ve come to expect from dental products. Carbomer gives the gel its spreadable consistency, making it easy to apply to whitening trays.
According to a 2021 study, the added benefits of LED light in the whitening process include accelerating the bleaching process and attacking more stain compounds than peroxides alone. 3
Some of Auraglow’s products don’t come with an LED light, but it’s no wonder the brand’s best seller includes the added boost.
Whitening Kits from Auraglow come with an LED whitening tray, a travel container for the whitening kit, a charging cord, two bottles of whitening gel, and instructions.
Start your whitening process by brushing thoroughly for 2 minutes:
I used the Auraglow Teeth Whitening Kit three times, though results were visible after my first 30-minute session. The images below are the before and after of my smile.
I brushed my teeth, as advised, before opening the kit for the first time. I was impressed at the amount of whitening gel included in the initial kit.
The LED mouthpiece fits much more comfortably than other mouth trays I’ve tried recently. Without having to grip my teeth tightly for the duration of the treatment, I set the timer, and almost forgot there was a tray in my mouth.
After rinsing my mouth and the plastic side of the mouthpiece, I was able to store everything in a compact travel case.
Before trying the Auraglow Teeth Whitening Kit, the edges of my bottom teeth appeared a little yellow from forgoing whitening treatments for a few weeks. I was very satisfied with the brightness I saw after only three uses.
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Auraglow’s price point and variety of products makes the idea of integrating whitening into one’s routine, versus reaching for the kit at the last minute, feel attainable.
After using it just once, I felt that my teeth lightened significantly. However, the kit did not come with a shade identifier, making tracking progress a little more difficult. In addition, the brand encourages users to try the product daily for 7 days before evaluating their results.
Thankfully, I did not experience any sensitivity while using the kit, even on consecutive days. Storing the kit in my medicine cabinet was a breeze, a certain plus when it comes to apartment living.
For those who are avid whiteners, Auraglow also offers Extra Strength Whitening Gel with 40% carbamide peroxide instead of the original 35%.
If you’re looking to build out a teeth whitening habit at home that doesn’t break the bank or create sensitivity in your teeth, Auraglow is for you.