Let’s face it. Some of the most addictive beverages and habits are not the best for our pearly whites. Fortunately, if you want white teeth, you don’t have to say goodbye to coffee, soda, sweets, tea, wine, and smoking because there are many teeth whitening kits to choose from (we still recommend that you kick the smoking habit for obvious reasons).
Teeth whitening is a $3.2 billion worldwide industry. Consequently, there are thousands of options out there, including expensive services at your dentist’s office. Thankfully, if you want to save money, there are several effective kits that you can use at home.
There are essentially two types of kits: ones that bleach your teeth to take stains off and ones that physical scrape off the stains. Activated charcoal powders have become quite popular in recent years. They are applied with a toothbrush and scrape stains off. Whitening trays and strips have been the standard for decades and generally rely on carbamide or hydrogen peroxide.
WARNING: We do NOT recommend anything with charcoal/activated charcoal. Studies have proven that it strips the enamel from your teeth making them more sensitive and prone to cavities and deterioration.
There is a third type of teeth whitening product that simply blasts your teeth with LED light. However, experts interviewed by the Wirecutter say any gains from this treatment are short-lived. Only the GLO Brilliant system in our guide uses this technology, but it is used in conjunction with a whitening gel. (basically, skip the fancy light-up kits, they do nothing.)
A few warnings about teeth whitening kits
Peroxide is effective, but it comes with several warnings. Pregnant or nursing women should not use peroxide-based whitening products. It also isn’t for children under fourteen years old. And, you should not use peroxide for longer than two weeks of daily use without the supervision of a dentist.
The FDA does not recommend using any whitening gels with a peroxide concentration of higher than 18%. Two of the kits we recommend use peroxide (ProSmiles Teeth Whitening Kit and GLO Brilliant), but they should be safe for most people.
You need to be careful using whitening products, as Consumer Reports explains. Always consult with your dentist before starting a course of treatment. For instance, if your darkened teeth are due to the natural thinning of tooth enamel that comes with aging, whitening kits will not help you. Also, they cannot whiten fillings, dentures, veneers, crowns, or caps.
Experts say that whitening kits are safe when used as directed. However, gum irritation and tooth sensitivity are common side effects even when you follow the directions. Therefore, about a week before you start your whitening regimen, use a toothpaste specifically designed for people with sensitive teeth or one that builds up enamel. And, skip a day or two of use if you do experience sensitivity.
This is one of our most talked about subjects, and as Wedding & Event Planners, we understand that every person wants to look their absolute best. Years of research and talking with industry professionals led us to meet and interview the people that designed ProSmiles LLC and we’ve come to trust their integrity. It’s what our staff purchases and what we confidently recommend to all our clients and their friends.
Hurn Events Management does not receive any profits for recommending products. This also is not a paid review. We do so out of our own experience, and knowledge, and our love for each of you!
So, without further ado, this is our Number 1 Recommendation for Teeth Whitening.