Whether you are looking to make the best first impression in an interview, or you simply would like to maintain your teeth white, teeth whitening is the way to go. With more and more individuals starting to understand the importance of teeth whitening, many over the counter products are constantly being introduced in the market.
Teeth whitening products are of different types, some of which include the following:
- Whitening gels and strips: Whitening gels are usually clear, and are applied directly on the surface of the teeth using a small brush. These gels contain peroxide and the instructions for use differ based on its strength. On the other hand, whitening strips happen to be thin and will be coated with a peroxide whitening gel.
- Whitening toothpastes: In general, all toothpastes have the ability to remove surface stains due to the presence of abrasives. Whitening toothpastes usually contain polishing agents that work towards giving your teeth additional whitening. Over the counter teeth whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to lighten the color of your teeth.
- Whitening Rinses: Whitening rinses are the newest in this category. More like mouthwashes, these help reduce different oral diseases and also freshen breath. Some teeth whitening rinses contain hydrogen peroxide to perform whitening.
Here are some over the counter teeth whitening products to make your pearly whites exactly that again.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects
Among the many Crest 3D White products, this one has received a lot of positive reviews from users. These whitestrips are known to be extremely easy to use. Though the company advertises that the product will help you attain whiter teeth in 20 days, many users have reported that they could actually see a difference after using the strips for a couple days, which is the best proof you can ask for. The Advanced Seal Technology gives good grip to the strips, so it molds to the shape of your teeth. It also makes the strips come off easy and clean.
To obtain best results, all you need to do is spend thirty minutes each day for 20 days to use the strips. As the strips are known to contain relatively low levels of hydrogen peroxide, they are tolerable for most users, including those with sensitive teeth. The Crest 3D whitening strips are available in three different packages containing 20, 24, and 25 strips each. The price of these kits vary accordingly.
Pros – Easy to use, effective.
Cons – The strips could be short for some users and hence may not cover all your teeth, may cause sensitivity.
Rembrandt 2-Hour Whitening Kit
Like many other over the counter teeth whiteners, the Rembrandt 2-Hour Whitening Kit also contains the most common whitening ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, but at a lower concentration. The box contains two plastic mouth pieces, one for the top of your mouth and one for bottom, and several gel tubes. To use the kit, you should first dip the mouth pieces in hot water and wait for a few seconds. When the pieces become soft, put it in your mouth, and once they mold to the shape of your teeth, the gel has to be applied. The box has all the instructions clearly, thus making it extremely easy to use. The treatment has to be performed for 20 minutes, after which there should be a 10 minute break. The process should be repeated four times, making a total of 2 hours.
One big advantage of this kit is that you can even use it to whiten your teeth at the last minute, especially when you have a sudden plan or appointment. The gel however is known to taste a bit chemical-like, which could be off-putting for many. And if you happen to have sensitive teeth, users recommend to be cautious while using the kit as it could be painful the next day. The Rembrandt 2-Hour Whitening Kit is available for $16.
Pros – Effective, reasonable price.
Cons – Could cause pain for those with sensitive teeth, gel tastes like chemical.
Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System
The Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System contains three different products in the kit: Accelerinse – a solution to cleanse your teeth, Lifting Serum – helps reduce deep stains from the surface of your teeth, and a Whitening Light – activates the serum and effectively whitens teeth. The product has received positive reviews from almost all users. Like with many other teeth whitening treatments, there has been no single compliant about this product causing any sort of pain, sore gums, or foul taste after use. This means that this is the perfect solution for those with sensitive teeth.
The fact that using this teeth whitener involves many steps is something we feel could be cumbersome. Also, the pack suggests that if you haven’t whitened your teeth in six months, you need to follow Luster Whitening System’s process ten times. Now that’s a process that will take a lot of time. However, for the amazing results it delivers, these few nitpicks don’t actually matter. The Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System is available for $30.
Pros – Extremely efficient, suits people with sensitive teeth.
Cons – The process could be time consuming.
Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System
Supersmile is an advanced over the counter teeth whitening product, and comes with everything you need to make your teeth shine. Unlike many other teeth whitening kits that use teeth whitening strips or mouth trays, this Supersmile whitening system uses only a liquid that should be swabbed on your teeth after which you need to brush with the whitening toothpaste that comes in the package. While the rods have to be used twice a week, the whitening toothpaste and whitening accelerator have to be used twice daily for visible results.
While the product claims to whiten teeth without causing sensitivity, users report otherwise. Some users, especially those with sensitive teeth, have experienced pain or sensitivity after using the product. Also, some feel that the process involved in this system is quite tedious. At $40, the product is quite expensive than many other similar products on the market.
Pros – Contains ingredients that strengthen teeth, performs more than just teeth whitening.
Cons – Quite expensive, may be sensitive, the process could be tedious for some users.
Crest Pro-Health Two-Step Toothpaste System
The Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste System consists of two products: a purifying cleanser and a perfecting gel. The company claims that you will have six times healthier and whiter teeth in just one week of using this system, and with the many positive user reviews, we think that this claim is rather true. The purifying cleanser is formulated to get rid of plaque and combat cavities, thus helping maintain healthy teeth. The perfecting gel, similar to other over the counter teeth whiteners, has hydrogen peroxide that removes all surface stains and makes your teeth whiter and shinier.
As the process involved in using this toothpaste system is relatively easier, there are many positive reviews about it. Users love the product because of the ability to obtain healthier and whiter teeth with minimal effort. On the other hand, the product may not be suitable for some users because it could cause slight discomfort to severe pain, especially for those who are sensitive to whitening agents. The flavor of the product is also not that appealing. The Two-Step Toothpaste Whitening System from Crest is priced at $11.
Pros – Easy process, makes teeth healthier.
Cons – Could cause pain, average flavor.
You cannot expect professional results from any over the counter teeth whitening products. However, by following the instructions carefully and after regular use, you can attain visibly whiter teeth than you would by using your regular toothpaste.