Table of Contents
- Advantages of Teeth Whitening At Home
- What To Look For
- The Best Teeth Whitening Kit Suggestions
- 1. Opalescence Teeth Whitening Gel
- 2. Philips Zoom Whitening
- 3. Shine Whitening At Home Kit
- 4. Dr. Kidd Professional Teeth Whitening Kit
- Helpful Products
- How To Use A Teeth Whitening Kit
- How Teeth Whitening Kits Work
- Effective Length
- Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
- Teeth Whitening Alternatives/Supplements
- Whitening Tips
- Best Teeth Whitening Kit Wrap Up
There are about a bigillion good reasons to start whitening your teeth. You look better, you’ve got higher confidence, you make a better first impression… we could go on all day. But finding the best teeth whitening kit is about as easy as driving a dump truck blind through a minefield while being chased by a hungry pack of hyenas.
Just trust me on that…
It’s these very reasons that we’ve decided to finally boil it all down into a single guide, once and for all. This guide will give you everything you need to know for finding the best at home teeth whitening kit for you, along with a lot of info on how to use it, the dangers, other alternatives and some tips and tricks.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
Bonus: Download our free whitening tips to give your smile a boost. Includes a comparison and explanation of whitening techniques using toothpaste, mouthwash, whitestrips and at-home gels and kits.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening At Home
So what makes teeth whitening at home better than going to the dentist? After all, they’ve literally gone to school for this stuff. They’ve got all the high tech equipment, all the best products and a dental hygienist who can supervise the whole thing. Well, there are a few good reasons why at home teeth whitening is pretty awesome.
We don’t need to tell you this, but whitening your teeth at home in your pajamas totally beats out sitting in that freaking uncomfortable dentist’s chair. I’d do just about anything to not have to sit in that chair. Ugh.
Along with that, you have the ability to choose the best time throughout the day, what your weekly schedule is, what products you use, etc. It’s nice not having to make an extra trip, that’s for sure.
If you’ve looked at the cost for a whitening appointment at your dentist’s office, that might be why you’re here already. It’s so expensive!! You could probably buy a year’s worth of at home whitening kits for the cost of a single appointment. Often time’s insurance doesn’t cover it either.
If you’re looking to save a pretty penny or two, whitening your teeth at home is definitely the way to go.
If you’re anything like me then you need a whitening treatment way more often than twice a year. As much as I’d love to keep those staining foods and drinks out of my diet, it just doesn’t happen sometimes. That’s what makes these at home kits so useful though – you can use it whenever you want for however long you want (within reason of course). It makes your teeth whitening effort so much easier if you can do it at home. Of course, supplementing your effort with a dentist visit is always a smart thing. The bulk of the work can be done in your house though. We have the technology!
There are a number of “at home” and “all natural” ways to whiten teeth, but some of them can end up being downright dangerous. According to Dr. Scott Elder D.D.S, many of the common DIY teeth whitening methods will ultimately harm your teeth.
By purchasing a whitening kit or gel you have clinical guarantees that the product will not only work, but that it’s safe to use.
What To Look For
So, what makes up the best teeth whitening kit? Well, there are four main areas you’ll want to look at.
The main ingredient used in teeth bleaching is hydrogen peroxide. This is the same chemical found in most other teeth bleaching products and the same thing your dentist uses to bleach your teeth. If you’re looking for a whitening kit, you’ll want to use one that has either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (a similar chemical that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide).
The advantage of using hydrogen peroxide in a bleaching gel is the fact that its effectiveness increases with contact time. Sure, it’s useful in toothpaste too, but that’ll only be on your teeth for two minutes (or less). Keeping the gel on your teeth for 30-120 minutes gives it tremendous opportunity to whiten and remove stains. This is the reason that at home whitening kits can be so effective.
Sitting there with a bunch of disgusting gel in your mouth for half an hour isn’t the most awesome thing I’ve ever done. It probably won’t be for you either. The effects are awesome, but that doesn’t mean getting there is awesome. Flavoring will help that. In truth, none of these are going to taste amazing, but a bit of mint or cinnamon flavoring can help a lot to make the experience a little better.
Trays & Syringes
If your teeth whitening gel doesn’t come with a tray, it’s not the biggest deal in the world. You can get them off amazon for just a few bucks, but still, it’s nice to have everything in one packages.
The same can be said for syringes too. It’s a lot harder to put the gel on those whitening trays without them. Neigh impossible, I’d say. Squeezing that stuff out of a tube into a crevice a quarter of an inch wide is no easy task. Most of the better products will include both of these. Some may not – they’ll still perform well enough. But do yourself a favor and make life a bit easier!
Note: Pretty much any tray that comes with whitening gels will need to be molded. We’ve got the basic instructions on how to do this below. Additionally, you’ll likely need to trim many of these trays to fit your mouth comfortably. You can do this using a pair of industrial scissors (the smaller ones will have a tough time cutting through the plastic).
ADA Seal of Acceptance
The ADA Seal of Acceptance is basically a big thumbs up from the nation’s largest professional dental organization. Getting their rubber stamp of approval means that a product is not only safe, but it’s effective as well.
Not having the seal certainly doesn’t mean the product is ineffective (most don’t have it), but getting that extra confidence boost that what you’re getting will work is nice. There’s only one whitening gel with this seal, and it’s the first on our list.
The Best Teeth Whitening Kit Suggestions
Below are our top picks for what we think are the best at home teeth whitening kits. Take a look through and find out which one works the best for you.
1. Opalescence Teeth Whitening Gel
Our number one at home kit is the Opalescence Teeth Whitening Gel. This is the only product on our list that is officially recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) through their ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Included with the Opalescence at home kit is either 8 or 12 syringes (depending on which one you buy) and three bleaching trays. The extra two bleaching trays work out great if you’re sharing this kit with someone else or if you mess up the first one. As much as we’d love to say those trays are easy to mold, they really aren’t. Having an extra practice tray is really nice.
The Opalescence kit will store up to 18 months without refrigeration and will last even longer if you keep it cold. This is great because you can keep a bit around for weekly or monthly treatments after you’ve gotten the bulk of the whitening done.
All-in-all, you should get about two to three treatments out of each syringe. This’ll last you about 20 treatments for the 8 syringe pack and about 30 treatments for the 12 syringe pack.
Ease Of Use
The syringes and tray really make this product easy to use. As we mentioned above, each syringe will last between two and three treatments, so you don’t need to worry about keeping it for too long after you’ve started using it.
The lower concentration gels (there’s four different concentrations you can buy) can be used for longer periods of time and the lowest can even be used overnight. It makes it really easy to just stick it in before bed and not have to worry about it. You’ll probably drool all over your pillow though, so keep that in mind.
The Opalescence Whitening Gel has a pretty smart formula going for it. You can purchase the gel in four different concentrations of carbamide peroxide: 10%, 15%, 20% and 35%. This allows you to really customize your whitening experience. If it’s your first time using a whitening kit, we’d suggest either the 10% or 15% carbamide peroxide gel. This will help ease you into the whole thing and minimize the risks of teeth sensitivity and gum burning. If you’ve done this before, go ahead for the 20% or 25% – just keep in mind you’ll really want to watch your treatment times. Going too long can be dangerous.
Alongside the carbamide peroxide is fluoride and potassium nitrate. The fluoride is pretty basic – it’ll help to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. You don’t find it into many whitening gels, so it’s a nice addition. This gel also uses potassium nitrate. This chemical can significantly reduce the issues you have with teeth sensitivity, so the addition is welcomed with open arms. You’ll not likely experience any issues at all if you use the lower concentrations.
Opalescence’s whitening gel also includes 20% water to help prevent from dehydration. A potential side effect with whitening gels is slight dehydration of the oral tissue in your mouth. This addition of water helps to keep that from happening.
Opalescence’s Teeth Whitening Gel really gives you about the most flexibility you can find in a whitening gel. The four different concentrations and the added water, fluoride and potassium nitrate makes for a fantastically safe experience. Furthermore, it comes with the most whitening gel of any product we mention here. The price is on the higher end, but we feel that you certainly get your value out of it. It doesn’t come with some of the bells and whistles of other kits, but it’s got the basics and performs them very well.
2. Philips Zoom Whitening
The second gel on our list of best teeth whitening kits is the Philips Zoom NiteWhite gel. The Zoom NiteWhite only comes in one concentration – 22%. This works out well because it fits right in the middle of the road. The concentration is low enough that you won’t experience any major issues with sensitivity but it’s strong enough to get the job done.
You’ll generally be using this whitening gel for treatments that are about an hour long. Less than that is fine but we wouldn’t recommend you go over that.
Ease Of Use
This product probably gets our lowest score on ease of use simply because it only comes with the gel. If you want to use a bleaching tray (which we strongly suggest you do) you’ll need to pick some up on the side. They’re cheap, so it’s nothing huge, but it is nice to get everything in one package.
The kit comes with three syringes that will last you around 15 days or so of treatments. These syringes are a tad bit larger so you’ll probably be going through one about every week or so as opposed to just a few days. As a result, you might want to store it in a plastic baggy to keep it safe and secure.
Overall, you’ll probably find the taste of this gel better than just about every other whitening gel. Again, none of these things really taste awesome, but the mint really helps to mask the hydrogen peroxide taste. Also, the gel spreads really well. It’s thick enough to keep the tray stuck to your teeth but not so thick that getting it into the tray is impossible.
As mentioned earlier, this at home whitening kit uses 22% carbamide peroxide gel. This is a middle of the road concentration that’ll still whiten your teeth very well compared to higher and lower concentrations. In addition to the carbamide peroxide is fluoride and potassium nitrate. Again, these are really nice to have and make the whole experience even more worthwhile.
The secret sauce in the Zoom NiteWhite gel is the Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP). This extra ingredient will not only help to strengthen enamel, but it also reduces teeth sensitivity by up to 30% and works to remineralize your teeth. These aren’t absolutely necessary for whitening teeth, but it’s awesome to have that extra bit of protective power along with it.
You definitely get a bit less with the Zoom NiteWhite, but what you do get is pretty fantastic. This formula is probably the most advanced out of all the suggestions here (although the Opalescence comes close) and that’s really what counts. Simply put, you don’t want to mess with your teeth. Buying a product that works to protect them is really the best way of going about it. Everything else you need can easily be purchased on the side for just a small amount.
3. Shine Whitening At Home Kit
This kit makes our list simply because it includes everything. The Shine Whitening at home kit includes the following:
- Whitening Gel (clear)
- Sensitivity Gel (blue)
- Bleaching Tray
- Bleaching Tray Case
- Whitening LED Light
There really isn’t much more you can get in an at home teeth whitening kit. With that comes a bit of a compromise though. You’ll find the gel to be slightly less advanced than the previous two products and you get a bit less of it. Even still, you make up your money with the tray, case and light.
Ease Of Use
Since this kit comes with everything, the ease of use is pretty fantastic. All you need to do is fit the tray to your mouth and you’re good to go. In addition to the whitening gel you get a sensitivity and remineralizing gel. This is a pretty neat inclusion because depending on how sensitive your teeth get, there’s a good chance you’ll need it. We’ve found that using this even if your sensitivity hasn’t increased is a great way to keep that from happening.
This is the only product on our list that comes with a bleaching tray case. It’s a simple addition but bleaching trays can be a bit annoying to keep track of. Sticking it in the case keep it well protected and away from opportunities for damage, such as heat and sunlight.
The carbamide peroxide gel that comes with this kit is quite a bit stronger than most at 35% concentration. This means that your treatment times will be quite a bit shorter, between 5 and 15 minutes. It’s pretty nice because you can slip a whitening treatment in timeslots that most other at-home kits wouldn’t allow for. We’ve found that it’s short enough that you whiten your teeth in the morning, which is really awesome.
Finally, the light is super simple to use. You’ll want to turn it on and use it while you’re using the whitening gel. It helps just a tad to increase the whitening effectiveness.
This is where the Shine White at home kit falls the shortest. The gel that it comes with is pretty generic, despite its higher concentration of carbamide peroxide. There is a big upside to this though.
While the kit itself only comes with two syringes, you can buy four more for only few bucks. This is significantly cheaper than other options, so while you’re paying the same amount upfront for less, you’ll end up paying a lot less over time. Saving money is pretty sweet!
The Shine White at-home kit certainly isn’t the most advanced kit out there, but the inclusion of the bleaching trays, the case and the light make it a great start-up purchase. You can continue to buy same gel afterwards or use a more advanced formula if you’d like.
4. Dr. Kidd Professional Teeth Whitening Kit
Our final recommendation for the best teeth whitening kit is Dr. Kidd’s Professional Teeth Whitening Kit. We chose this option because it’s on the lower end of the price spectrum. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work as well though – you get a solid, simple and effective teeth whitening kit with this purchase.
Included in this kit are:
- Two bleaching trays
- 5 syringes of whitening gel
- 1 syringe of sensitivity gel
We’ve looked around for the exact concentration of carbamide peroxide in this gel, but we couldn’t find anything specific. Given that the instructions allow for up to a four hour treatment, we suspect it’s floating in the 10-15% carbamide peroxide range. Aside from that, you won’t find anything crazy going on in this formula. Just a simple, straightforward gel that does its job.
Alongside the whitening gel is the sensitivity gel. Again, it’s really nice to have this sitting in your back pocket in case you start to have issues.
With the inclusion of bleaching trays, five whitening syringes and a syringe of sensitivity gel, it’ll be hard to find a kit on the market that provides as much value as Dr. Kidd’s Professional Teeth Whitening Kit. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth on a budget, this is probably your best option.
Since some of the kits we suggested don’t come with everything, we’ve listed all of the other products you’ll find helpful on your quest for whiter teeth. Check with the kit you’ve decided to buy and see what it doesn’t include, then add on with whatever you need from the options below.
If your at-home kit doesn’t come with bleaching trays, you really need to get some – we’d recommend Watt’s Dental Trays. They’re cheap and very effective.
A bleaching tray is pretty much necessary if you’re going to be using a whitening gel of any sort. Yes, some of these products claim they can be painted on using a Q-tip or small brush, but realistically your saliva will wash the gel away long before the treatment is done. That’s alongside the fact that it’ll taste about 100 times more disgusting without the tray. Oh, and you’ll probably also have to deal with burning gums. Just do yourself a favor and pick up the bleaching tray!
Whitening Accelerator Light
The main idea behind a whitening accelerator light is to help break down stains on the exterior of your teeth. It won’t do any miracles, but it can be a strong addition to your whitening routine. Make sure to use this light while you’re using your whitening gel, otherwise it won’t be nearly as effective. A really cheap and effective solution for this is Impressive Smiles Accelerator Light.
This stuff can be a godsend. Seriously, there’s a pretty decent change that at some point during your whitening treatments you’ll notice an increase in sensitivity. Even using this gel for five minutes after you’re done whitening can make a huge difference. It’s not a lot extra and can fit right in your bleaching tray. We’d strongly suggest you pick up a pack of Remineralization and Sensitivity Gel if you’re planning on whitening for more than a week’s period of time.
How To Use A Teeth Whitening Kit
So you’ve got all these fancy gels, trays and syringes sitting in front of you. What now? Don’t worry, if you’re wondering how to use a teeth whitening kit, they’re pretty simple to use. Below are the basic steps.
1. Before Treatment
Whitening gels work the best on clean teeth, so make sure you take care of the rest of your oral health routine first. This includes brushing (for the full two minutes!) and flossing. Mouthwash is optional, but we recommend against it. That’s simply because it’ll probably dry your mouth out and make the experience a bit less enjoyable.
If it’s your first time, make sure to mold the whitening trays to your mouth. There should be instructions with this on the package, but generally you’ll dip them in boiling water for 20 or so seconds and then bite down with a moderate amount of pressure. Make sure they’re completely clean and that they fit well. Also, make sure they’re dry before use. Extra moisture can reduce the whitening power of the gel.
2. Applying The Gel
I’ll be honest, there’s no perfect way to describe this. The basic idea you’re aiming for is to put enough gel on the tray to cover your teeth completely, and that’s it. Any more than that and it’ll start seeping out the sides, taste gross and be wasteful.
The best method we’ve found is to put a tiny dot of whitening gel in the mold for each tooth. When you bite down, this should squish entirely around each tooth so you’ve got a thin layer of the gel around all parts of your teeth. It’s important to make sure that all parts are covered. If you’ve got holes in your gel coverage you can end up getting uneven whitening. Nobody wants that.
3. Biting Down
The time has finally come. Go ahead and insert the tray into your mouth and press it against your teeth. No matter what, you’ll get a bit of seepage, so go ahead and wipe the extra bleaching gel away with a napkin or something.
Insert the second tray using the same method. Finally, clamp down just a tiny bit. This will get the last bit of excess whitening gel out and make sure it gets into all the tiny crevices. After this you should be good to go.
4. Treatment Time
If this is your first time using a whitening gel, we recommend only using it for about half the recommended time. The goal here is to get a feel for the experience and make sure things go well without a hitch. You can always increase things later, don’t worry.
Beyond the first treatment, there should be instructions on how long your treatment should last on the packaging. Please make sure to review your packaging because the time varies depending on what strength of gel you’ve got. If in doubt, make sure to reach out to the manufacturer. Leaving a powerful whitening gel on your teeth for too long can result in discomfort, discoloration and increased sensitivity.
5. After Treatment
Afterwards, take the trays out and get all of the bleaching gel off of your teeth. Rinse with water several times and then brush and floss. We recommend Sensodyne Repair and Protect afterwards to help combat against potential sensitivity issues. You may not have any, but there’s a good chance you will. This just preemptively fights against that. Make sure to full rinse out your trays and store them in a cool, safe, and dry location. We’ve found a toothbrush or Q-tip works well for cleaning.
Number Of Treatments
In short, you’ll probably see progress in about 20-30 treatments. We recommend taking at least a day or two off each week to give your teeth a bit of a break from the bleaching gel. With four to five treatments per week, you should start seeing results within a month or so, and you should finish up treatment between one and a half and two months. We also recommend taking a before picture to gauge your progress. Seriously, there’s nothing like comparing to that before picture and seeing how far you’ve come!
Another thing to keep in mind is that you can use these whitening gels to sustain your smile, not just power through to make it whiter. Often times using a gel every week or two can really help sustain your smile. Again, it’s the major convenience of an at-home treatment. Not having to see your smile fade while you wait for your next appointment is awesome.
How Teeth Whitening Kits Work
So we’ve seen the best of the best whitening kits out there, but how do they actually work? There are three basic ways to whiten teeth, as shown below.
The first and probably most widely used method of whitening teeth is by using abrasives. This is how most whitening toothpastes work. The basic idea is that you’re rubbing small particles on the outer surface of your teeth. The friction of these small particles will wear away any pigments and staining elements that have stuck to the enamel of your teeth.
This method is effective at remove outer stains (i.e. extrinsic stains) but it really doesn’t do a darn thing for actually “whitening” your teeth. It simply removes the junk that’s stuck on them.
As one might think, the stronger your enamel is the hard it’ll be for your teeth to stain. The second basic technique of whitening is just that. The main ingredient that strengthens enamel is fluoride. You’ll find this in many of the major toothpastes on the market.
Using a fluoride based toothpaste will help to protect your teeth and keep the protective enamel strong. This in turn will keep your teeth from being as strongly affected by staining agents found in drinks such as coffee and wine.
Again, this really doesn’t “whiten” your teeth. It keeps them from getting dirtier, but it won’t do anything to change the inner color of them.
Finally, the third way of whitening is bleaching. This will actually make your teeth whiter. It’ll not only work towards removing those extrinsic stains on the outer surfaces of your teeth, but it’ll help to improve the whiteness of the inner parts of your teeth.
The main ingredient used in bleaching is hydrogen peroxide, as we mentioned above. By extension, carbamide peroxide is also used, because it breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea (a waste product). If used responsibly and consistently, teeth bleaching can be an incredibly effective way to whiten teeth.
There are two major factors in how effective hydrogen peroxide is at bleaching your teeth. These are the concentration and the contact time. Due to this, there are two major categories for teeth whitening gels:
- Slow Acting Teeth Bleaching: This is the type of bleaching you’ll find in at-home teeth whitening kits and whitening strips. The idea is that you’ve got a smaller concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The main reason for this is simply safety. In higher concentrations H2O2can be very dangerous. Generally you’ll find around a 3%-6% concentration in take-home whitening products. The smaller concentration can be left on for longer times (some products suggest up to two hours) to help whiten your teeth.
- Fast Acting Teeth Bleaching: This is the type of teeth bleaching that you’ll find at your dentist’s office. The concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in their gel can vary from 25% all the way up to 40%. These higher concentrations are designed for very powerful, short lasting sessions. After about half an hour, these highly concentration gels will lose about half their whitening power. This is why most whitening appointments only last about half an hour. You can find somehigher concentration gels on the market, but the vast majority of them will be much smaller.
So how long do these whitening kits last? While it’s a simple question, the answer depends on a lot.
A major factor in how long whitening kits last is the type of foods you regularly consume. As we all know, consuming products like coffee, tea, wine, and soda can have a huge effect on how white our teeth are. Additionally, any tobacco products such as cigarettes or dip will significantly reduce the time your kits will last.
Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is anywhere between 4-6 months after a full treatment has been applied. If you’re extra great with brushing, flossing and swishing you’ll likely see that time extend much longer. If your oral health isn’t quite up to spec, you’ll likely need to apply more treatments earlier.
Side Effects of Teeth Whitening
No doubt you’ve heard horror stories about people who’ve lost teeth, gotten cancer and have been attacked by demons because they used a teeth whitening gel. There’s a lot of concern that these things can literally kill you, but most of it is unfounded. There are three major concerns with using teeth whitening products, specifically teeth whitening kits.
By far and away the most common side effect found by using a whitening kit is sensitivity. Up to 78% of users of teeth whitening products will experience some sort of sensitivity. If you’ve gone to a professional appointment or used a whitening toothpaste, you’ll likely have experienced this.
The major thing to remember is that teeth sensitivity from whitening is almost never a permanent effect. You’ll likely experience the most intense sensitivity early on – within the first one to three weeks. After that you’ll see the effects subside. It’s important to note that you should never be experiencing more than a moderate increase in sensitivity.
If things get too intense, no problem. Just stop using whatever product you’ve been using. Wait for things to return to normal. This should take anywhere between a week up to a month. Don’t rush it – make sure you’re back to your regular sensitivity before returning to use. When you start again, use the product less aggressively. Try to cut down on the time you using or the frequency you’re using.
Another option to help combat teeth sensitivity is to use a remineralization and sensitivity gel in conjunction with your whitening gel. It’s a bit of extra work but it can have major impacts on how your teeth feel afterwards. You’d want to leave this gel on your teeth for between five and 20 minutes to get the best effects.
The second issue of using a teeth whitening kit is gum blanching. Again, this isn’t a major concern and is only a temporary effect.
Gum blanching will reveal itself through slightly discolored gums. They’ll become slightly whiter than usual. You may also experience very mild burning as well. If this happens, there are two ways to treat it.
- Rinse your mouth out with water. Using mouthwash is an option as well but you’ll likely not want to do that due to the potential for burning. Make sure to remove all of the whitening product from your gums.
- Take a vitamin E supplement. You won’t see immediate effects, but they’ll happen soon enough. A simple soft gel capsule like this would work well.
Using both of these should return your gums to their normal color and remove any burning within 20 minutes.
The final potential side effect of teeth whitening is a slight discoloration. This tends to happen from over bleaching. Your teeth can take on a slight to moderate blue color. You may also notice an extreme “chalky” white color as well.
Simply stop using your product until your teeth return to a more normal color. Again, depending on the severity of over bleaching this could take several weeks. Afterwards, continue using the product for shorter periods of time with less frequency.
As always, if you’re concerned about any of these health effects, consult your dentist. By and large, there are very few users of teeth whitening kits that have any sort of major side effects.
Teeth Whitening Alternatives/Supplements
The teeth whitening industry pulls in about $1.2 billion annually. As one might assume, there are plenty of alternatives aside from the best teeth whitening kit for getting those pearly whites a bit whiter. Below we’ve got a short list of some alternatives you can use to whiten if you’re not interested in using a gel.
Whitening toothpastes generally use abrasives to wear away the surface stains that accumulate on your teeth. Again, sensitivity here can be an issue, but you’ll certainly avoid problems such as gum blanching and discoloration.
The biggest advantage of using a whitening toothpaste is the multitasking capabilities. Along with making your teeth whiter, most whitening toothpastes include ingredients to strengthen enamel, fight against tooth decay and protect against cavities. Unless you’re experience sensitivity, there aren’t a lot of great reasons not to use one.
Check out our full article for the best whitening toothpastes.
Believe it or not, there are actually several mouthwashes that work to whiten your teeth. Many of them use a combination of fluoride and hydrogen peroxide to protect and bleach teeth. The biggest problem here is that the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t keep in contact with your teeth long enough to do a lot of whitening. We suggest using a whitening mouthwash as a supplement to other efforts, but you might want to target your mouthwash towards other issues. Oral rinses in particular can be fantastic at fighting bad breath and killing bacteria in hard to reach spots.
Check out our full article for the best whitening mouthwashes.
Whitening strips can be another fantastic way to whiten teeth. The biggest advantage with using strips is that they’re lightweight and simple to use. Whereas an at home teeth whitening kit can potentially be the most effective at making your teeth brighter, they’ve a bit intrusive. That’s where whitening strips come in.
The biggest disadvantage with strips is that they’re a bit more expensive. You can pay twice as much for 30 days of strips as you’ll pay for most whitening kits. That’s a lot to pay for convenience, but for some it may be worth it. Check out our full article on whitening strips here.
Whether you’re using a toothpaste, mouthwash, strips or the best teeth whitening kit that’s out there, a few lifestyle changes can make a huge impact on how white your teeth are. Below we’ve collected our best tips and tricks for getting those teeth as white as you can sans whitening products.
You’ve heard it again and again, but we feel compelled to say it. Eating certain foods will cause your teeth to stain. While the usual suspects are always mentioned (coffee, tea, soda, wine) there are a few other products that you might not be aware of. These include items like curry, vinegar and vinaigrette dressings, fruits, berries, ketchup and colored candies. While you can always brush and rinse afterwards, if you want to avoid stains on your teeth, try to avoid these major offenders.
If you can’t stay away from those tasty bad boys, try rinsing after eating some of them. While swishing a quick oral rinse of water can help, you’d do even better to take a portable miniature mouthwash bottle with you. Even a quick 30 second rinse can be hugely beneficial in not only keeping your teeth white but keeping your whole mouth healthy. It’ll also help to keep your breath smelling great too!
Finally, there’s nothing that’ll help your teeth stay whiter and your mouth stay healthier than being consistent in everything you do. Regularly brushing, flossing and rinsing will do more than any whitening product. In addition, make sure you’re using all of these products properly. This includes brushing for a full two minutes twice a day, not drinking or eating after using mouthwash and spending 10-15 seconds per tooth while flossing. It’s not the most fun you’ll have, but you’ll really appreciate the hard work you put in when you can look in the mirror at that healthy smile!
Best Teeth Whitening Kit Wrap Up
Well, that’s about it. We honestly can’t think of another thing you’d want to know about teeth whitening kits. I’m sure we’re wrong though, so if you come across some info you’d like to have about how to find the best teeth whitening kit, give us a shout! Either drop a comment below or contact us. We’re always looking to update our articles with the best and most up-to-date information out there, so let us know if we’ve missed anything!