I've whitened my teeth so much that I think I qualify as a teeth-whitening professional. In fact, my dentist had to ask me to stop whitening my teeth because I'm doing it too much! So, believe me when I say that I'm obsessed with teeth whiteners, and I've tried almost all of them. Here are ten consumer favorites and my take on them.
Price: $7.00 a tube
Claims: Brighten, whiten, and protect teeth with each use.
My experience: I started with this one because it is the most common, easiest to find, and easiest to use. However, I don't think it works! Rembrandt is by far the most expensive brand of toothpaste on the market, and I didn't notice any big whitening when I used it. I'd save my money and buy a bargain brand of toothpaste, then use a better whitener.
Claims: Safe, easy, and effective whitening in ten days.
My experience: I think this whitening system is by far the best one out there. I've used a lot of products, and this one always works. Yes, it is pricey, but I always see three to four levels of whitening in the two or so weeks it takes me to use them all. Just place the little gel-covered strips on your teeth twice a day, and you're done! (And here's a little tip.. I've bought the Target generic brand for $24.99, and they worked just as well!) The only downside I've found with these is that I had some little white dots on my teeth for several hours after using it.
Claims: Provides an easy way to sparkling white teeth.
My experience: Of all the paint-on whiteners, I liked this product the best. I did feel like this product stayed on my teeth fairly well, and I did see about two levels of whitening while using it. However, I didn't like having to hold my mouth totally open for thirty seconds after applying it, and I'd rather just save my money and buy the Crest Whitening Strips. I probably wouldn't use this product again, but for people who don't like the slimy feel of strips, this would be my favorite paint-on whitener.