The Best At Home Whitening Products That Will Give You A Superstar Smile
Want whiter teeth? From toothpastes, cocowhite and oil pulling to full whitening treatments, hese are the products you can try at home. Full story at MTV.co.uk
No one loves a bright white smile more than Hollywood and with more and more celebs getting their teeth whitened, it's never been trendier to have a bright white smile.
If this is something you want to try, it goes without saying that getting this done by a dentist who is professionally trained is going to be the most effective and safest way to go about it. But if you don't have the cash, there are plenty of at home treatments you can try.
Here we've rounded up some of the most popular along with the pros and cons of each to help you find the best product for you, whether that's a whitening product or a non-whitening treatment that will just help to enhance your natural smile.
That said, the number one rule of all of these is always, always check the full products details before trying them to make sure they are suited to you. Reading reviews will also help and if you are at all unsure about how they could affect your teeth, consult your dentist first.
Pros and cons: You've probably seen these bad boys ALL over celebs' Instagrams and we can see why. They are made from coconut oil, which means there's no nasties that can damage enamel and cause sensivity, andplay on the oil pulling trend.
The idea is that you put a sachet in your mouth and swish it around for about ten minutes a day. Over the course of several weeks, the idea is to rid you of plaque and bacteria, thus helping to decrease stains and make teeth look whiter, all hile freshening breath and affecting general health of your mouth.
It's worth noting you can do exactly the same thing with regular coconut oil, but these do come in flavoured sachets to mask the weird oily taste of natural coconut oil. A lot of people swear by oil pulling but it's worth noting that it can take a while and you won't necessarily see an instant difference in tooth colour.
2. Rapid White Instant Whitening Toothpaste
Pros and cons: You'll never get as obvious of a shade change using a whitening toothpaste as you will a full treatment, but there's a lot to be said for this product from Rapid White, which is both budget friendly at around £5 and which will whiten and clean your teeth in one.
They also claim to change your teeth by up to one and a half shades in just one brushing, so worth trying if something quick and instant is what you're after.
3. Diamond Whites Whitening Strips
Pros and cons: Whitening strips have become quite the cult beauty product and these by Diamond Whites are an interesting option. They aren't super cheap and a two week supply will ut you back about £22.99, but it's worth spending a bit more as these contain a flexible strip coated with a whitening gel that contains a non-peroxide formula (peroxide can cause the erosion and sensitivity often associated with whitening products).
The brand also do full whitening in their clinics and haa a lot of celeb endorsements from people like Holly Hagan, Scott Mills, Vicky Pattison and Marnie Simpson.
4. Oral-B Satin Tape Mint
Pros and cons: If there's one thing dentists love (besides toothbrushing, the tooth fairy and teeth in general) it's flossing.
There's a reason they and the hygienist are always telling you to do it too as it will help remove plaque and bacteria from those areas your toothbrush can't reach. And a cleaner mouth means you're less likely to need whitening treatments and fillings in the future, so it's a valuable thing to have as part of your daily routine.
5. GLO Science teeth whitening device
Pros and cons: This is a dentist recommended tooth whitening system you can do at home. It definitely doesn't come in cheap at around $220 but you can use it on the go and it's a full system including whitening gels, a mouthpiece, a lip care product to protect from sensitivity during treatment and a blue light to help intensify the whitening process.
Also means you can top up your smile whenever and wherever you are, and it's vegan as well as gluten and paraben free.
6. Foreo Electric Toothbrush
Pros and cons: At around £149.99, this isn't a cheap one but it is a valauble investment. While it won't whiten your teeth per se, this toothbrush has won a pile of awards for its design and is gentle on gums while still being an absolute superstar at getting rid of bacteria and plaque, meaning it will keep teeth whiter and less prone to cavities for longer.
7. Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste and Regenerate Boosting Serum Kit
Pros and Cons: These two products are sold separately and will set you back about £40.00 in total. It's worth investing in both though as while the toothpaste works to actually rebuild enamel, reduce sensitivity and as a result, whiten, the serum kit will boost the process even further.
8. Lush Creme De Menthe Mouthwash Tabs
Pros and cons: These won't whiten your teeth but they are an awesome multi-purpose product. We all know that better oral health means better teeth and less staining and cavities in the long run, and these are super easy to pop in your suitcase or handbag to use on the go.
They work just like a bath bomb; just pop in your mouth and add water. They then fizz up and you swish about to cleanse the mouth. As well as being made using only natural ingredients and safe synthetics, they contain things like peppermint oil, which tastes delish and leaves breath super fresh for longer.
9. Sensodyne True White Toothpaste
Pros and cons: Got sensitive teeth? Then this product is one for you as it's a non-abrasive toothpaste that won't make sensitive areas worse.
As well as specialist care for sensitive teeth, it helps restore natural color and helps create a protective layer on teeth that stops new stains from forming on the tooth.
10. Dial A Smile Whitening Lightning Home Whitening Kit
Pros and cons: If you're feeling brave enough to try a full kit, this option describes itself as a 'painless, tastless process' and claims not to cause sensitivity either.
The kit includes teeth wipes to prep and polish teeth before, a syringe containing the whitening gel, Vitamin E swabs to protect gums during treatment and an LED light to activate the gel itself. It's a mid-range product and will set you back around £70 for the full kit.