What are the Best Teeth Whitening Kits?

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Mar 13

You can brush and floss every day, twice a day and still your smile may, over time, lose some of its sparkle. Maybe you've spotted some yellow that just didn't used to be there. You've tried whitening toothpastes but you still have a less than pearly white smile. It is at this point that many of us think about whitening our teeth.

There are two options, either you go to the dentist and they will bleach your teeth there and then, or provide you with a kit to take home. Or you purchase your own kit and do the "at home ble?aching" yourself. Needless to say, both the dentist options are expensive. Which is why more and more of us are taking to whitening our own teeth. So check out our best teeth whitening kits and get started. 

The Best 3 Teeth Whitening Kits

We've only considered kits that you do yourself at home. We've not considered whitening toothpastes, or the options to get via your own dentist. Our top three all gave great results and we think you'd be happy with the results if you gave any one of them a go. 

2nd

Dr Song Home Teeth Whitening Kit

Dr Song Home Teeth Whitening Kit

( 4.1 out of 5.0 )

  • Comes with 100 day 100% hassle-free money back guarantee
  • Same take home kits are given out by dentists
  • Comes with 8 large syringes for 50 applications. Applicator brush, LED blue light accelerator and teeth tray
  • Instructions are poor. Need to visit the company's website for more detailed instructions

1st

3D Crest White Whitestrips Luxe

3D Crest White Whitestrips Luxe

( 4.2 out of 5.0 )

  • Made in the USA
  • Use once a day for 30 minutes 
  • Removes 14 years of teeth stains for a whiter smile
  • Delivers professional level teeth whitening results
  • Advanced Seal Technology's no slip grip stays put so you can talk and drink water while whitening teeth
  • Strips mold to the shape of your teeth and come off easily
  • Need to be careful not to get the gel on your gums; it will sting! 

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Shine Whitening 1st Class Edition Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

Shine Whitening 1st Class Edition Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

( 4.1 out of 5.0 )

  • Do not have to use daily 
  • Wear the shields for 5-15 minutes each session, working your way up from 5 minutes
  • Molds should be heated to ensure a snug and comfortable fit
  • Take care as the instructions weren't clear - don't get the product on your gums! 

Why Buy a Tooth Whitening Kit? 

It is a sad fact, that as we age our teeth can really show it. This can be anything from a dulling of your pearly whites, to staining and yellowing. Or worse! So what causes this unhappy state of affairs? It's a mixture of different factors with a number of solutions: 

  1. Food and Drink. The major issues being coffee, red wine and tea. They each contain intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white in your teeth on the enamel.
  2. Tobacco. In particular two chemicals found in tobacco create stains that are really stubborn; tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is actually colorless....that is until it mixes with oxygen. At this point it turns yellow and will stain the surface of your teeth. 
  3. Age. Our teeth has a hard outer layer (the enamel). This is white. Underneath this is a softer area called dentin. Over time the enamel gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through. Don't stop brushing though! 
  4. Medications: Some high blood pressure meds, antihistamines and anti-psychotics can cause teeth darkening as a side effect. Also, did you know that when babies are in the womb, if the mother takes certain medication such as tetracycline or doxycycline (two common antibiotics) then their forming adult teeth may have discoloration later in life!
  5. Injury: A knock to the mouth may cause your tooth to change color. It is reacting to the injury by healing through adding more dentin to the damaged part of the tooth. 
    • Teeth Whitening Toothpastes:  You will probably try this option first. These are like cleansers for your teeth. They can help to lift surface stains to your teeth but are not really going to give anything other than a subtle improvement. 
    • Whitening Strips: These are applied to the surface of your teeth for a set period of time. Any strips supplied by the dentist will contain hydrogen peroxide. At home solutions may be either from hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide
    • Paint-on or brush-on Formulas: Applied before bed, they usually need to be used for 2 weeks. As with the strips the ingredients will be either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide 
    • At Home Trays: When bought from a dentist these will be molded to fit your teeth exactly by your dentist. If purchased direct, you will have to mold them yourself and the fit won't be as good. But the cost will be considerably lower

    The key commonality from all of these is that if you get your dentist to whiten your teeth you will be spending hundreds of dollars. When done at home (with admittedly a higher time input from yourself) you will get excellent results at a fraction of the price.

    So more and more of us are thinking that it is worth giving the at home teeth whitening kits a go! Research has shown time and time again that both women and men secretly want and are attracted to whiter teeth. 

    What to Look Out for When Buying a Teeth Whitening Kit? 

    There are a few things to consider. And key is safety. 

    • Is it safe? A teeth whitening kit is going to contain bleach. Studies have shown that this is safe. That said, you should check with your dentist first, that your teeth are healthy enough. If there are any underlying issue such as decay or periodontal disease that are causing your teeth you turn yellow, teeth whitening kits won't be effective
    • Does it Work? Well this tends to depend on why your teeth are stained. If your teeth are stained by medicines then whitening them can be ineffective, no matter what treatment you try. Also, bleaching won't work on caps, crowns, veneers and fillings. So you may need to have some work done to match things up. Remember too, that yellow teeth will whiten better than grey ones. 
    • What about Side Effects? You may find that your teeth are more sensitive after using a teeth whitening kit. This is because the bleach can seep through the enamel and bother a nerve. This is usually short-lived. 

    You should start to see results within a week. A tip for you is to take a photo before you start, and then one a week later. Compare the two. If you see a change you know it is working for you! Remember to take the photo in the same conditions to make sure that you are comparing like for like! 

    Detailed Reviews of the Best Teeth Whitening Kits

    Our top three all produced good results for our testers. They differ in ingredients and application, so take a look to see which you think would suit you the best. 

    Crest 3D Whitestrips Luxe

    3D Crest White Whitestrips Luxe

    With just 30 minutes a day, this product needs to be used for 30 days although we saw results after just three days. Amazing stain removing, worked really well for our testers who had nicotine and coffee stains. 

    Features

    • Made in the USA
    • Removes 14 years of teeth stains for a whiter smile
    • Advanced Seal Technology's no slip grip stays put so you can talk and drink while whitening your teeth
    • Uses strips which mold to the shape of your teeth and come off cleanly and easily 
    • Use once a day for thirty minutes

    What's Good About It?

    We loved how easy this was to use. No worrying about syringes, molding and making sure you keep your gums clear of bleach. Gave brilliant results and only needed to be on for 30 minutes. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    These are great for working on your smile. But as they are stips, they won't whiten your back teeth, or the backs of your teeth. If you want more than just your smile whitened, then this may not be the product for you. 

    Dr Song Home Teeth Whitening Kit

    Dr Song Home Teeth Whitening Kit

    Love the 100 day money back guarantee. So if you try it and don't like it, or it doesn't work. You get your money back. No questions asked. So really, why wouldn't you try it? 

    Features

    • Uses trays that you can mold to your teeth using hot water
    • Optional LED light included to speed up the time you need to wear the molds. 
    • Trays need to be worn for between 15 minutes and 4 hours depending on sensitivity and scale of staining

    What's Good About It?

    It works really well and you can use the molded trays to whiten more than just your front teeth. Worked far better on yellow stained teeth than grey stained teeth. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    The instructions are terrible. Email the company and they'll help!

    Shine Whitening 1st Class Edition - Professional 

    Shine Whitening 1st Class Edition Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

    Again, this is a tray based teeth whitening kit. So you will be able to get more than just your front teeth whitened. Again these are moldable in hot water. And you can try a few times until you get the perfect fit! 

    Features

    • Use up to once a day. If you have sensitivity use a few days apart and for less time: It is flexible! 
    • Molded trays to work on more than just the front of your teeth

    What's Good About It?

    It is very similar to our second placed product. You can also apply the solution directly onto your teeth with a Q-tip before wearing the molded trays. This ensures full coverage. Results took a week to become visible, but after using for 6 weeks the results were great. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    Again, we found the instructions very unclear. And be careful not to get the product on your gums. You don't want to bleach your gums! 

    Final Verdict on Best Teeth Whitening Kit

    Each of our top three is a great product. The strips are the easiest to use and probably a good starting point for anyone who is new to teeth whitening. Once you become more confident the molded trays are a great product for getting a whole mouthful of white teeth!