Let’s face it, everyone wants to have dazzling white teeth. It’s demanded by today’s society and studies have shown that smiling is the best way to make a first impression and it’s been proven that white teeth can lead to greater success in almost every aspect of our lives, including success at work. But it’s also a fact that not many of us have the confidence to smile a lot because our teeth aren’t perfectly white because we enjoy too many wine, tobacco, coffee, and soft drinks.

Teeth whitening used to cost a lot of money because it could only be done at the dentist’s office. Luckily you don’t need to pay thousands of dollars for teeth whitening treatments and you don’t even need to visit a dentist’s office any more because from toothpastes to whitening strips and gels, there are much easier ways for you to get a brighter and whiter smile in the comfort of your home. You don’t need to feel self conscious about your smile with all the easy and affordable over the counter options that are on the market today. It may be difficult to pick the best whitening product for your specific needs, for there are so many out there to choose from.

Types of teeth whitening products for home use

Our top picks - updated in September 2017

Product:TypePriceOur rating
Crest 3D White Professional Effects
crest white strips professional
Whitening strips$$4.9
Crest 3D White Luxe
Charcoal toothpasteWhitening toothpaste$$4.9
Crest 3D White Luxe
Whitening kit$$$4.9

Teeth whitening FAQ

Before you rush with buying a teeth whitening product for home, here are a few frequently asked questions about teeth whitening in general.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have crowns, bridges, composites, veneers, etc?

No. Teeth whitening products are only effective on natural teeth.

Can I expect irritations on my gums or enamel?

It’s hard to say. If your teeth are very sensitive, you might experience some temporary irritation which will go away after a day or two.

Is teeth whitening appropriate for children?


Whitening kits

Whitening kits are the most effective teeth whitening products that can be used at home without the dentist’s supervision. They usually come with two mouth trays, one for the upper and one for the lower side of the mouth, and a whitening gel that contains a whitening agent.

zoom teeth whiteningWhen it comes to whitening kits, our top pick is the Sentinel system which comes with custom thin dental trays and Zoom 22% whitening gel. It’s the same high quality kit that’s being sold in dental offices for several hundred dollars.

Top Features:

Efficiency – This is the same teeth whitening kit that is being sold in dental offices for $400 or more and it’s produced by Discus Dental, the maker of a very popular Zoom teeth whitening system.

Fast acting formula – The NiteWhite ACP 22% is a clinical-grade tooth whitening gel.

Included in package – 2 dental trays, Zoom 22% whitening gel

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Whitening strips

Whitening strips are small and thin pieces of polyethylen (flexible plastic). They usually come in pairs; one strip for the upper and one for the bottom side of teeth. Each strip is coated with a whitening gel that usually consists of either hydrogen or carbamid peroxide.Once you place the strips on your teeth, the peroxide starts to removing stains from teeth which results in a whiter smile in a matter of days.

crest strips 3dCrest is one of the world’s most popular brands when it comes to whitening strips. They have produced quite a few different teeth whitening products so far, but we believe that the Professional Effect white strips have the edge over the rest of them.

Top Features

Efficiency – Removes 14 years of teeth stains for a whiter smile.

Fast acting formula – First results can be seen after just 3 days of use and it takes 20 days to see full results.

Included in package – 40 Crest 3D White Professional Effects strips (for 20 treatments) and bonus Crest 1-hour Express strips (2 treatments).

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