A whiter, brighter smile can make a huge difference to your appearance and your confidence. It’s possible to get whitening treatments at a dental clinic, but these can be expensive, time-consuming, and not too appealing if you’re scared of going to the dentist.
Luckily, there’s no need to resign yourself to having yellow teeth forever. At-home teeth whiteners are now more effective than ever before, and offer a convenient, affordable alternative to in-chair whitening treatments.
Home kits are not as strong as the treatments you can get at the dentist, so you may not get as impressive results instantly. But whitening toothpastes, strips, and gels build their effect over time, so your teeth will get whiter the longer you use them.
1. Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitestrips
Crest has long had a reputation for producing the best teeth whitening strips, and the 3D professional Effects version are their most advanced yet.
The kit consists of strips of plastic containing whitening gel, which you fold over your teeth to form a temporary mould. You need to use the strips for 30 minutes at a time, once a day, and it’s recommended to use at least 20 sets of strips to get the full whitening effect. Results last for up to 6 months.
This product is still quite difficult to get hold of in the UK, but you can buy it online from several websites
Price: from £19.99
You may well have seen this little tooth whitening device being advertised by influencers like Kylie Jenner and wondered if it actually works. Well we’re happy to say it’s not just hype – HiSmile is actually a pretty effective at-home tooth whitening system.
With the kit you get a mouth tray, three tubes of whitening gel, a special LED light, and a tooth shade chart so you can compare your before and after results. The gel is peroxide-free, so it doesn’t cause any pain or sensitivity. Instead, the gel contains three active ingredients that whitens, remineralises, and desensitizes teeth when activated by the light.
To use the system, you fill the mouthpiece with the gel, attach the LED light. Put it in your mouth, and click the button. You need to keep the mouthpiece in for 10 minutes, after which the light will go off automatically. HiSmile recommends using the system for 6 days in a row, and then do one session every two weeks.
Buy from Uk.HiSmileteeth.com
3. Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
If you’re looking for an all-natural product to whiten your teeth, activated charcoal gets top marks. There are various charcoal dental care products around these days, including toothpastes and even toothbrushes, but this product from Pro Whitening Co gets top marks for its whitening properties.
It may seem counterintuitive to smear your teeth with black charcoal, but charcoal works by absorbing stains, and is also slightly abrasive so it helps to scrub your teeth clean in a similar way to toothpaste. This product also contains bentonite clay, which also absorbs toxins, calcium carbonate to remove stains and polish enamel, and ginger root and peppermint extract for their antibacterial properties and to keep your mouth feeling fresh.
To use, just dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush your teeth for two minutes before rinsing away. Use twice a day for best results. Most people will find their teeth are noticeably whiter after a week.
Price when reviewed: £13.99
4. Mr Bright Home Teeth Whitening Pen
Did you ever wish having whiter teeth was as simple as colouring over your teeth? Well now it can be! The teeth whitening pen from Mr Bright is really easy to use and can make your teeth noticeably whiter in just 10 minutes.
The pen is essentially an easy way of dispensing teeth-whitening gel. To use it, dry your teeth, brush a layer of gel onto your teeth, and wait for 20-30 minutes. You can also purchase an optional LED light to enhance the whitening effect. The gel is peroxide-free and so is suitable for people with sensitive teeth.
Price when reviewed: £27
5. iWhite Sonic Toothbrush
Did you know that even your humble toothbrush could help to whiten your teeth? The iWhite sonic toothbrush uses a combination of charcoal-infused bristles and high-speed sonic vibrations to clean away stains and plaque.
For best results, use with iWhite dark stains toothpaste to remove stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and red wine.
Price when reviewed: £39.99