Even though you can make your teeth appear whiter in pics using mobile apps and applications like Photoshop, there’s no substitute for the real thing.
Are your teeth not as white as you’d like them to be? Teeth can be discolored for a number of reasons — factors like the food and drinks you intake, smoking, aging, injury to your teeth, medications, and even genetics can all play a role. Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. A healthy-looking white smile can make you look more youthful and more attractive.
Many dental offices offer whitening products and services. How does the dentist whiten your teeth? Often, the dentist uses professional bleaching products made of hydrogen peroxide or Carbamide peroxide, which breaks down and causes oxygen to get into your teeth’s enamel. Some dentists use the aid of a laser or light, which is supposed to activate the bleaching chemical, and therefore speed up the whitening process.
In today’s world where you can buy just about anything online, you can purchase teeth-whitening kits for at-home use that are designed to mimic the dentist’s teeth-whitening process. These home whitening kits typically contain a teeth bleaching product, a light that’s supposed to speed up the bleaching product’s activity, and a mouth guard that molds to your teeth. Some kits also contain extra items like remineralization gels to reduce teeth sensitivity or vitamin E gels to help reduce gum sensitivity.
Not all teeth-whitening kits are created equally though, and some work better than others. We’ve gathered some of the best teeth whitening kits that you can have shipped right to your door.
Note: This guide only discusses the effectiveness of teeth-whitening kits, and not the safety of any specific teeth-whitening products. Discuss the safety of at-home teeth-whitening products with your dentist if you have concerns.
Bright on Whitening Kit by Smile Direct Club
Smile Direct Club, a company that provides at-home teeth-straightening solutions, also offers a teeth-whitening kit. The kit, which works rather effectively, contains nine peroxide whitening pens you paint on your teeth. The company advertises that the pens contain the “same enamel-safe whitening agent used by dentists.” The whitening pens work well, and they have a mint flavor, so they don’t taste too bad. The bleach also doesn’t seem to cause as much sensitivity as some of the other gels.
In addition to the whitening pens, the kit also includes a 20-LED accelerator that’s designed to speed up whitening. It does work quickly too. You can use the kit for just five minute in the morning and five minutes at night.
If you really want to have the perfect smile, you can also add on an impression kit. The impression kit takes a mold of your teeth that you send to Smile Direct Club. They can then set you up with a cost-effective plan for at-home invisible aligners to straighten your teeth.
Glo Brilliant Teeth-Whitening Kit
One of the more expensive at-home teeth-whitening products, Glo Brilliant uses its patented Guided Light Optics (G.L.O.) technology an effort to whiten teeth faster. G.L.O. involves using a combination of warmth and blue LED light. You only have to wear the mouthpiece for eight minutes per use, and most people say they see some type of results after their first use.
In the kit, you get the GLO mouthpiece, case, control and lanyard, a power adapter, and universal USB cable. You also get peroxide whitening vials (40 applications), lip treatment, a storage and travel case, and instruction manuals.
AuraGlow Deluxe Home Teeth-Whitening System
AuraGlow’s whitening kit also combines a peroxide whitening agent and an accelerator light. The whitening gel is 35 percent Carbamide peroxide, and the kit contains two 5-ml syringes of it.
The mouthpiece can attach to the accelerator light for easier use, and you get a storage tray for when you’re not using the product. While this kit works incredibly well, the mouthpiece is one-size-fits-all, as opposed to one you mold to your teeth. You also don’t get as much gel as you do with some of the other kits.
ActiveWow Premium Teeth-Whitening Kit with LED Accelerator
ActiveWow’s teeth-whitening kit is similar to AuraGlow’s in terms of how it works, but you get a bit more in this kit. It provides two 5-ml syringes with a 36 percent Carbamide peroxide whitening gel, an accelerator light, and a retainer case; but, you also get reminerilization gel to help with any sensitivity, and you get three separate thermo-molded mouth trays. The moldable mouth trays make it so the whitening gel gets right up on your teeth. Plus, the fact that you get three trays means more than one person can use the kit. The whitening gel works effectively, and each treatment takes between five and 15 minutes.
Cali White Deluxe Teeth-Whitening System
Made with organic peroxide, the whitening gel in this kit works exceptionally well. But, what really takes this kit a step above some of the others is the included trays. The comfort fit, thermo-form trays are BPA free, 100 percent silicone, and they contain ventilation holes so you can breathe through your mouth while you whiten.
You also get three trays, which is an added bonus, and you can attach the mouth tray to the accelerator. Each treatment takes between 10 and 30 minutes, and you see results pretty quickly.
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It’s twice as powerful as one of the most popular teeth whitening systems for a fraction of the cost! Say hello to whiter, brighter pearly whites and an amazing price drop. I’ve said it before: I don’t bring a lot to the table, but I have perfect white teeth. That’s thanks to the toothbrush I use and the Pur White teeth whitening system that I’ve showcased on my show with Amazon in the past. Using the charge port from any iPhone or Android (they can be old or new phones, as the included adapter works with virtually any phone), LED light technology activates the included gel to make your teeth whiter faster than any competing product. Pur White is twice as strong but also much more gentle than Snow Teeth Whitening. I’ve tested four different teeth whitening systems over the last three years including a professional option from my dentist in Cleveland. If I had to rank the systems I’ve tested, I can easily conclude that the $49.99 Pur White advanced teeth whitening system is as effective as the top treatment from my dentists which cost several hundreds of dollars. I have extremely sensitive teeth and my teeth were not only visibly whiter in five days, I experienced absolutely no side effects thanks to this system.
I certainly did not expect these results since I had a two-week success story with a different whitening system last year. This teeth whitening system worked faster and the results lasted longer. Pur White relies upon dentist recommendations and word of mouth for promotion. It costs less because the company does not waste its time on celebrity endorsements. Click the play button to see this system in action.
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The Teeth-whitening Treatments That Are A Bright Idea (and The Ones That Deserve The Brush-off!)
The teeth-whitening treatments that are a bright idea (and the ones that deserve the brush-off!) By
Dr Bill Schaeffer
Caroline Jones For The Daily Mail
17:48 EDT, 4 March 2019
06:06 EDT, 5 March 2019
DR BRONNER’S 140g, £8.74, amazon.co.uk Proof? sadly, there’s no evidence coconut oil is helpful in toothpaste such as this CLAIM: Made with cinnamon oil and coconut oil — said to clean teeth and freshen breath — plus baking soda to whiten teeth. EXPERT VERDICT: This might help kill some harmful bacteria in the mouth: a laboratory study in New Zealand showed cinnamon oil can kill Streptococcus mutans, which causes tooth decay, and Lactobacillus plantarum, which can cause gum disease. Meanwhile, baking soda is a mild abrasive, which will help to clean teeth without damaging them. But there’s no evidence coconut oil is helpful in toothpaste. Crucially, though, none of these will work as well as fluoride, which is missing here. In low concentrations, fluoride is proven to strengthen the enamel surface on teeth, making them more resistant to decay. 5/10 REGENERATE FOAMING 50ml, £10, boots.com Top tip: Use mouthwash only after eating rather than after brushing, so you don’t wash away the protective fluoride from toothpaste CLAIM: Proven to reverse erosion caused by acid from food and drink. This mouthwash contains sodium fluoride and sodium phosphate, which help to restore enamel. Use after brushing and after eating snacks. EXPERT VERDICT: There is some evidence the two active ingredients in this strengthen enamel and dentine (the delicate layer inside a tooth). However, most of it comes from their use in toothpaste — not mouthwash — where they stay on the teeth for longer. Actually, I’d recommend using mouthwash only after eating rather than after brushing, so you don’t wash away the protective fluoride from your toothpaste. Rinsing after eating clears the mouth of food debris — which causes bad breath — and dilutes the damaging effect of acids in food, particularly if the mouthwash contains fluoride, like this product does. 7/10 JML DENTAPIC SONIC £19.99, wilko.com Don’t! You shouldn’t do dentistry on yourself — it’s a job for an expert with the correct tools CLAIM: This battery-operated gadget apparently vibrates 3,000 times per minute to dislodge plaque and remove stains. Used alongside brushing, it comes with a tip for scaling, a tip for flossing and an LED light and mirror. The maker says it’s safe to use on orthodontics, crowns and veneers. EXPERT VERDICT: You shouldn’t do dentistry on yourself — it’s a job for an expert with the correct tools. To say it is safe to use on crowns, veneers and orthodontics is a big claim — and not one I’d want to put to the test. The type of ultrasonic scaler a hygienist uses vibrates 18,000 to 50,000 times per second — a lot faster than this. At best, this is probably not powerful enough to remove much in the way of plaque and stains. At worst, it could harm your teeth and gums. 0/10 BELLA BRIGHTON CHARCOAL POWDER 30g, £11.33, amazon.co.uk Truth: Research has found hyaluronic acid helps with the healing process in the mouth, including with ulcers and inflamed gums CLAIM: A powder with four ingredients: hyaluronic acid for its gum-healing properties; coenzyme Q10 to reduce the risk of gum disease; MSM, a form of sulphur with anti-inflammatory effects; and activated charcoal to remove plaque and stains. Dip a wet toothbrush in it, then brush for two minutes. EXPERT VERDICT: Research has found hyaluronic acid helps with the healing process in the mouth, including with ulcers and inflamed gums. Coenzyme Q10 may improve gum health by reducing inflammation, but the evidence isn’t conclusive. Meanwhile, MSM is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect — but there are no studies to show beneficial effects on teeth or gums. And a review in the Journal of the American Dental Association found no good evidence that charcoal can reduce teeth stains or fight plaque. 4/10 WHITE TEETH BOX CHARCOAL BAMBOO FLOSS 30 metres, £4.95, thewhiteteethbox.com Fad? The charcoal adds nothing to the oral health benefits of this floss, as there is no evidence that it’s antibacterial CLAIM: Most dental floss is made from nylon, which can’t be recycled, but this is made from bamboo and plant wax, which can. It’s infused with charcoal which, the maker says, is naturally antibacterial and helps to encourage blood circulation. EXPERT VERDICT: There are no studies looking at the effectiveness of using bamboo thread to floss, but the idea behind it sounds great and the plant-derived wax may help it pass between the teeth more easily than nylon floss. The charcoal adds nothing to the oral health benefits of this floss, as there is no evidence that it’s antibacterial — my advice would be to try it and see if you like it. There hasn’t been any significant research into the abrasiveness of charcoal, but there’s also no evidence it’s harmful. 5/10 POLISHED LONDON ALOE MOUTHWASH 200ml, £8.99, polishedwhitening.com Thumbs-up: There’s some good research to show that an aloe vera mouthwash can have a beneficial effect on gum health CLAIM: An alcohol-free mouth rinse that contains aloe vera, it is said to neutralise bad breath and oral bacteria and relieve sore gums. Rinse for one minute daily. EXPERT VERDICT: Alcohol-free is a good thing when it comes to mouthwash, as studies have shown that high concentrations of alcohol can harm the cells on the inside of the mouth, which can lead to oral cancers. There’s some good research to show that an aloe vera mouthwash can have a beneficial effect on gum health, by killing off the bacteria that cause plaque and lead to gum disease to about the same degree as a standard antiseptic mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine (such as Corsodyl). I’d recommend using this — as with all mouthwashes — at a different time to brushing, as using it straight after will wash away most of the protective fluoride in your toothpaste. 8/10 LISTERINE GO! TABS Pack of 16, £3.50, boots.com Nope! There is nothing in these tabs that would kill the mouth bacteria to ‘neutralise odours’, as claimed… CLAIM: Essentially a sugar-free chewy mint — with sweeteners — these tabs transform from a solid to liquid in your mouth and freshen breath on the move. You chew one for ten seconds, swish the liquid around your mouth for 30 seconds to clean it, then swallow. EXPERT VERDICT: There is nothing in these tabs that would kill the mouth bacteria to ‘neutralise odours’, as claimed. While they won’t clean your teeth, they will mask bad breath with a minty smell and leave you with a ‘clean and fresh feeling’ — though nothing will leave your mouth feeling as clean and as fresh as two minutes of brushing with toothpaste. Granted, the flavour is strong, but any sugar-free mint will do the same job at a fraction of the price. 3/10 RINGANA TOOTH OIL 125ml, £10.80, ringana.com Complimentary: Some studies have shown turmeric is effective in preventing gum disease. Using this won’t do any harm, so long as it doesn’t replace normal brushing CLAIM: Made with sesame oil, which is said to cling to bacteria in the mouth, plus turmeric extract, said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Designed to replace toothpaste, you swill it around your mouth for a minute, then brush your teeth and tongue with a damp toothbrush and spit out. EXPERT VERDICT: Oil-pulling, where a natural oil is swished around the mouth, has been used for centuries to clean teeth and gums. There is limited evidence that it reduces the amount of plaque bacteria, but it isn’t better than brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Some studies have shown turmeric is effective in preventing gum disease. Using this won’t do any harm, so long as it doesn’t replace normal brushing. 7/10 CURAPROX BE YOU A small study found echinacea in the form of mouthwash could help fight gum disease, but the other herbal ingredients won’t do much Six taster pack, £14.95, shop.curaprox.co.uk CLAIM: Fluoride toothpastes in different flavours — including gin and tonic and grapefruit and bergamot — which promise to clean and whiten teeth. They contain herbs echinacea, devil’s claw and pennywort, plus panthenol, which the body converts into vitamin B5, which has a healing effect on gums. EXPERT VERDICT: A small study found echinacea in the form of mouthwash could help fight gum disease, but the other herbal ingredients won’t do much. The different flavours are great for someone who doesn’t like the taste of mint and might make them more likely to brush regularly. 5/10