Everyone wants pearly whites. I, like many of you, have been on a quest to find the best product to whiten my teeth. I will share my knowledge, offer tips to prevent the tooth sensitivity that comes with teeth whitening , and offer advice on whitening maintenance.
Crest and Rembrandt are two of the top whitening brands. Most of the products in their whitening line have successfully whitened my teeth. The following is a list of the products I’ve tried, and my thoughts on each:
These strips got my teeth white in as little as 4-5 days. By the end of the pack (10 days) my teeth were extremely white and I was thrilled with the results. The only downside was that it caused extreme tooth sensitivity.
This product is similar to the Advanced Vivid but the strips did not move while I was talking, hence the “no slip technology.” The downsides to this product are that it did not whiten as well as the Advanced Vivid Whitestrips and took about two weeks to get the desired whitening results. Another problem was that, despite the product claiming to be “enamel-safe”, my teeth were sensitive by the end of the process.
This toothpaste was a waste of money. I thought it would help whiten my teeth, but after two tubes I did not notice any whitening. This product is like any other toothpaste; it’ll leave your mouth minty fresh and clean.
The Stain Shield strips are meant as maintenance. They will not whiten your teeth like Advanced Vivid. I felt that these strips were a waste of money. They didn’t even maintain the whiteness of my teeth or prevent future stains.
Rembrandt’s Whitening Strips do as promised, but it is about 6-7 days before you see any results. I like these strips more than the Crest product because they do not cause tooth sensitivity and don’t move around.
This product is the best I’ve used. Not only did it whiten my teeth but it doesn’t damage tooth enamel, thanks to the sodium fluoride. I used this twice a day until the bottle ran out, and noticed a considerable difference in the color of my teeth. However, it does take a whole bottle to work as it uses a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
This product is meant as maintenance and, unfortunately, it fails in that department. The pen did not whiten my teeth at all and the gel tasted horrible, not that I was purposely trying to eat it. The gel was so thick that, no matter how little of the product I put on, it took about 20 minutes to dry. By the time I was through with the pen, I did not notice any significantly visible whitening.
Let’s face it. No matter what the product tells you, you’ll always experience some enamel decay and tooth sensitivity after using any whitening product. Plus, overusing whitening strips will damage your gums. What you can do to protect your teeth is use fluoride-based products and make sure that the strips do not touch your gums. My dentist recommended GC MI Paste Plus, a topical cream with calcium phosphate and fluoride.
Maintaining the whiteness of your teeth
After you’ve whitened your teeth, I suggest you avoid dark colored drinks or use straws.
Instead of buying strips at the first sign of a stain, try using baking soda on your teeth to remove it.
Be sure to drink water and brush your teeth after each meal to prevent future stains.
Teeth whitening products to try at home: