Top 10 Teeth Whitening Products
Testing and Reviews of Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Never has the quest for high quality teeth whitening products. They are more in demand because our appearance centred, modern society. There is a wide range of affordable and convenient teeth bleaching products on the market today including at home bleaching kits, treatments offered only by your dentist or exclusive teeth bleaching clinics. Dental bleaching can be an important enhancement for the self esteem and should be embraced as such.
To help you choose the best tooth whitening products for your needs I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 teeth whitening products available for purchase online or over the counter. Using these products is more affordable than having your teeth whitened by your dentist who may charge you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Several of the products under review deliver comparable results.
The testing was done with 30 volunteers who thought they had yellowed or stained teeth. We were able to borrow a "dental color shade" kit so we could accurately measure the changes in whiteness of the teeth. The test was conducted over 2 months, as we thought this was sufficient time for the teeth whitening products to work. We applied the whitening products as directed by the manufacturer. Each kit was used by at least 2 of our testers.
The Top 10 Teeth Whitening Products
1. “Smile 4 You”
Without a doubt the “Smile 4 You” teeth whitening kit scored the highest on our bleaching product review panel. This teeth bleaching kit's main ingredient is Carbamide Peroxide which last longer than other bleaching agents like Hydrogen Peroxide. Also, in the "Smile 4 You" kit we noticed we got about 4 times the gel as compared to most other kits. The maker of this product has been supplying dentist the same gel for about 20 years. Also, if you want even quicker results, order their blue laser light to help speed up the whitening process.
The “Smile 4 You” kit consists of a gel which is specially formulated to gently and effectively clean the teeth in only 30 minutes. Your teeth will appear several shades lighter and will also be plaque free. Unlike some stock trays “Smile 4 You” have developed a mouth tray that is soft, thin and flexible. This makes using the product comfortable and safe to use. Some of my testers saw up to 7 shades whiter in just 2 weeks.
2. Pro White Teeth
Pro White Teeth provides a great teeth bleaching product at a carbamide peroxide strength of 22%, 35% or 44%. The latter is recommended as a good concentration for effective teeth whitening. If you would like a milder peroxide concentration then choose 22% or 35%. These lower concentrations are suited to people with teeth sensitivity. The higher concentrations provide a much quicker whitening result.
The custom fitted mouth trays provided with the system are manufactured in a laboratory and provide great quality and comfort. They can be moulded to fit your mouth size and shape perfectly. It takes about 4 minutes to mould them to the shape of your mouth. The mould is sent back to the lab for processing and sent back to you. This takes about 1 to 3 days. The product comes with a 30 day money back guarantee so there is no risk to you.
3. Teeth Whitening Express
This tooth whitening product deserves its third place for effective teeth bleaching system and great price. Available in 22% or 35% carbamide peroxide gel strength the mouth trays are custom fitted. The trays are worn for 15 minutes to one hour. Results are noticeable after 20 to 40 hours of bleaching. If the product is worn for an hour a day this equates to around 20 to 40 days of regular, consistent bleaching which may seem laborious for some. Most of the other teeth whitening products do not have to be used for such a long time.
The company also offer special family package deals that provide extra trays and gel for family members. A very attractive 30 day money back offer is available so if you are not happy with the results they offer a full refund.
This product whitens teeth during your normal cleaning routine. The system provides a tooth whitening paste, accelerator, floss, mouthwash, toothbrush and tongue cleaner. Calprox is the active ingredient in Supersmile and it provides a good level of teeth bleaching considering the fact it’s not a whitening gel. Instead Calprox dissolves the protein deposits that cause staining. Calprox is very unique to most teeth whitening products.
The product is non-abrasive and the toothpaste and accelerator work in combination to clean stains off the teeth and prevent them from recurring. Supersmile doesn’t work as well as the custom fitted tray based products but it’s affordable and works on real and bonded teeth. If you’re willing to make an effort twice a day, then this product comes highly recommended.
5. Crest Whitestrips 3D
Crest Whitestrips 3D are a high-concentration hydrogen peroxide strip whitening formula that has been clinically proven to whiten teeth in 20 days. In general you can expect to notice an improvement in four days. The product is applied by placing one strip on both top and bottom teeth. This is repeated twice daily for 30 minutes at a time.
The strips are specially formulated to adhere to the teeth since improper adhesion can adversely affect the performance of the product and is also frustrating to the user. However a drawback of the product is that if the smile is wide the whitening effect will appear uneven with white teeth in the middle and yellowed teeth on the sides. There is also an increased risk of tooth sensitivity because of the high concentration of the product. The retail price for this product is about $40, which is about average for most teeth whitening products.
6. Go Smile
Go smile is a very affordable teeth whitening product and this is of course one of the reasons for its great popularity. Go smile is a gel product that is applied to the teeth with an applicator twice a day and then rinsed off. The gel is rinsed off but remains active for 20 minutes afterwards and food or drink must be avoided for this period which can make the product less than convenient for those who value a quick acting, convenient product.
The individual gel packages mean you can concentrate on problem areas but needing to apply the gel to each individual tooth is time consuming and can cause uneven results. It can also cause gum irritation. Some people don’t enjoy the taste of the gel.
7. Idol Teeth Whitening Pen
The Idol bleaching pen is probably the easiest to use of all the products we reviewed. The pen is used on all the teeth for a period of a few weeks. It requires persistent application for a period of about 3 to 4 weeks. Though this is a lengthy period for most teeth whitening products, daily applications don’t take too long. The product is brushed on and allowed to remain on the teeth for 30 seconds twice a day.
This is an effective product but is expensive considering that it is really just a brush on applicator. It can only be purchased via the Idol White company website but buyers need to be aware that buying a pen automatically signs you up for a month contract to buy more pens. Opt out immediately once you receive this notification and you won’t be billed any further.
8. Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips
Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips are adhesive strips that are placed on the teeth to achieve a teeth whitening effect. I found the strips difficult to position and once they are on the teeth they are impossible to remove. If they teeth are perfectly straight the notched guidance strips would probably work well. However few people have perfectly straight teeth and this product proved to be very clumsy for the vast majority of participants.
9. I White
I White is a hydrogen peroxide product that provides a pre-formed tray which is used with a foam strip. The foam strip is placed into the tray and a light is turned on. The tray is fitted into the top section of the mouth for 20 minutes. A second foam strip is placed into the tray and placed over the bottom teeth for another 20 minutes. This procedure must be repeated for 5 consecutive days. The system is effective at whitening teeth but scores low in our review as many users found the tray and light clumsy to use and found it difficult to breathe while holding the tray in the mouth.
In this case the product will not be effective as the 40 minutes required for teeth bleaching must be strictly adhered to. The tray light proved difficult to close and replace batteries. While the product is effective its clumsy design is a significant drawback.
10. Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit
This teeth bleaching kit provides gel whitening in the form of a custom fitted mouth tray. The gel is applied to the trays and placed on the top and bottom teeth for 20 minutes. Trays are removed from the teeth for 10 minutes and the procedure is repeated four times for the required two hours.
While this product did change the teeth color there were many instances of severely irritated gums, gagging and some participants experienced blisters and severe pain. These side effects cannot justify any bleaching success and we definitely recommend the gentler more efficient teeth whitening products.
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