From peroxide trays to natural tooth polishes to easy-to-remember subscription boxes, there are tons of ways to whiten and brighten your teeth. We curated a list of teeth whiteners to help you lift stains and put your best smile forward without making an expensive visit to the dentist. All these treatments can be done in the comfort of your own home, during your commute or even while you sleep.
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Crest’s 3DWhite Glamorous White Whitestrips are the only over-the-counter whitening product accepted by the American Dental Association. Unlike products that require trays and other accessories, Whitestrips simply peel and stick to your teeth which is a simple, effective way to remove up to ten years of stains. They conform to your smile and stay in place for the full half hour daily treatment, so you can go about your business and whiten while you work. Because of the relatively low concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel, it takes a bit longer for the Whitestrips to show results, but the effect can last over six months without touch-ups. Crest also makes Whitestrip kits for sensitive teeth, one-hour touchups and enamel strengthening.
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The AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit includes a clear mouth tray with storage case, accelerating LED light and two syringes of 35% carbamide peroxide whitening gel. The accelerator light has five LEDs for brighter light and faster activation and a built-in timer so you don't accidentally whiten for too long. AuraGlow's line of whitening products also includes higher-concentration refill syringes, a touch-up whitening pen, remineralization gel treatment and an activated charcoal tooth whitening polish, all of which work together to bring a healthier looking smile.
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Lately, activated charcoal is in everything from ice cream to face masks to this teeth-whitening polish. It uses natural ingredients including activated coconut charcoal - charcoal made from coconut shells - and orange seed oil, making it a great alternative to dental-grade peroxide products. Because it doesn’t use harsh chemicals, you don’t have to worry about tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. The powder can make a huge mess though, so make sure to use just a little at a time and rinse thoroughly afterwards. Active Wow comes in five flavors: natural, spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla.
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Philips Zoom NiteWhite is a professional-grade, at-home whitening treatment. Though you purchase accessories like tooth trays separately, NiteWhite has one major advantage over other whitening treatments: it’s formulated to work while you sleep. The gel uses carbamide peroxide as its whitening agent, which works more gradually than hydrogen peroxide and remains active longer. The formula includes amorphous calcium phosphate, potassium nitrate and fluoride to protect your teeth from lingering sensitivity and bolster your enamel. The NiteWhite treatment works best with custom whitening trays to keep the gel on your teeth, and away from your gums through the night.
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Popular among celebrities and social media influences, the HiSmile kit is similar in form factor to many at-home whitening products, with an activator LED, trays and syringes full of whitening gel. Unlike others that contain dental-grade peroxide, however, the HiSmile whitening gel relies on ingredients like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium chlorite and plant extracts. Without the harsher chemicals, the HiSmile system also is less likely to cause tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. It’s also vegan friendly.
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The 1-Week Whitening Kit packs two weeks' worth of treatments into half the time, giving you faster results than other whitening strip kits. The biggest difference between this and other kits is that the Rembrandt strips are designed to be used safely twice a day. The box contains 28 enamel-safe hydrogen peroxide strips. Rembrandt’s kit has generous strip proportions, especially for the lower-teeth. Larger strips fit more comfortably and stay on better than other kits with smaller strips, with the added advantage of whitening both the front and back of your teeth. Rembrandt also offers 3-day touch-up kits to help you maintain your pearly whites.
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The inexpensive Cool Teeth whitening system comes with everything for professional-strength whitening at home. The kit’s thermoforming whitening trays give you a custom fit, so they sit comfortably in your mouth and keep the whitening gel in place. The enamel-safe 44% Carbamide peroxide gel and LED accelerator light show results in less time than the lower concentrations found in many other whitening products. With five syringes of whitening gel, enough for up to 25 treatments, you can achieve and maintain your brightest smile.
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