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The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

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Keeping your teeth white in a world that seems to require constant caffeine—and let’s be real, red wine—isn’t easy, but thankfully the best teeth whitening kits have improved vastly over the past years. Many teeth whitening products now even offer options that work for people with varying levels of sensitivities and concerns, which is especially…
The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Keeping your teeth white in a world that seems to require constant caffeine—and let’s be real, red wine—isn’t easy, but thankfully the best teeth whitening kits have improved vastly over the past years. Many teeth whitening products now even offer options that work for people with varying levels of sensitivities and concerns, which is especially important given the fact that getting to the dentist’s office isn’t the quick trip it once was (thanks, COVID).

The flip side of accessible at-home teeth whitening is that there are a huge number of ineffective treatments out there, and it can be hard to discern which celebrity smiling on your timeline with a dental tray full of blue light in their mouth is repping something legit and which ones are just collecting ad dollars. That’s why we skipped the sponsored posts, and we went straight to the experts—i.e., dentists who actually know why some teeth-whitening products get rid of stains and why some are just a scam. Below, they share the best teeth whitening kits, pens, and toothpastes that will brighten your smile right from your couch—no dental insurance required. 

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  • IntelliWhite Indiglow Teeth Whitening Light System

    Dr. Jennifer Jablow, DDS, is a fan of this teeth whitening kit, having used it herself. “It delivers very fast results,” she says. While the system, which includes a whitening pen, pre-whitening treatment paste, toothbrush, and LED light device isn’t cheap, Jablow emphasizes that “it’s the only light you can use at home that uses the same technology as dental offices.” This is a big deal because there are a number of light-based at-home teeth-whitening kits that just don’t get the job done the same. 

    The key with this kit, she says, is the photocatalyst that’s involved. “A photocatalyst is an ingredient that creates a chain reaction between the whitening gel and the light,” says Jablow. “Dental office treatments might use something like ferrous gluconate, while the IndiGlow has a patent on zinc oxide. Without the photocatalyst, the light does nothing and you’re just wasting your money.” Last, but not least, the tech on the LED device is particularly advanced—it uses a purple light, which is safer and faster than blue light, a more common but less effective alternative, says Jablow.

  • Crest 3D Whitestrips Professional White Teeth Whitening Kit

    One of the most important pieces of criteria Victoria Veytsman, DDS, considers when recommending at-home whitening kits to her patients? Ease of us. That’s why she’s a fan of drugstore favorite Crest White Strips, which she uses herself and praises for their effectiveness and mess-free application. According to Veytsman, the effectiveness comes courtesy of the strips’ peroxide levels. “The bottom line is that nothing without peroxide is really going to oxidize the stains off,” she says. “Peroxide works like a Tide Whitening Pen, the ones you put on stains that start to bubble. That’s called an oxidation process, and it’s a requirement for stains being oxidized off the teeth.” Wear them once a day for 30 minutes, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in three weeks time. 

  • Colgate Optic White At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

    Of all the LED light whitening kits, Pia Lieb, DDS, swears by this one, which features a blue light mouth tray and hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Its first pro is that you only have to use it 10 minutes a day for 10 days. And its second is that it uses hydrogen peroxide. “Dental offices only use hydrogen peroxide,” she says. “It lifts the color much better than carbamide peroxide.” Along with her recommendation, Lieb offers this pro tip: “After you whiten your teeth do not eat or drink anything that contains color. If it stains a tablecloth or white t-shirt, you don’t want to put it in your mouth.” Noted.

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