The market is filled with all sorts of teeth whiteners for home use and it gets more and more difficult to choose a product that will actually do the job without leaving a big hole in your budget.
Yes, there are some really fancy kits out there, but they all come with a lot of questions regarding the method of application or the effects they will have on your enamel.
Furthermore, if you are now just shopping for your first whitener ever, you are in for a lot of confusion and frustration. Of course, you can always go to your dentist and ask for recommendations, but if you don’t have the time or the money for a consult, we have all the answers right here.
Given the fact that whitening your smile is so popular right now, we decided to browse the market and choose only the kits that are successful and affordable.
So, if you are interested in learning about the whiteners available in today’s market, take a look at our reviewed list. Even more, we have a comprehensive guide that will walk you through the entire process of choosing a whitener.
Our In-Depth Review of Teeth Whitening Kits & Products
Alta White – Best Results
- Removes the tartar
- Great for protecting the soft tissue in your mouth
- Fast to act
Our Rating: 9.8/10
If you’re not into using trays or strips, but you don’t trust a pen-type applicator, the Alta White system may just be the perfect for you.
The kit is designed to be used for about six days at a time (that’s how long it takes for the whitening to take place) and it comes with some easy to use applicators.
This whitener is fantastically simple to use regardless of the fact that you are in the comfort of your own home or you’re on a trip preparing for a fantastic party! Just make sure to follow the instructions and don’t apply too much of the powdery whitening gel.
Idol White – Best Pen Type
- Pen-type container for easy use
- For people on the go
- Quick effect on your enamel
- Protects the gums
Our Rating: 9.6/10
This tiny container can be used several times to whiten your smile as it contains just enough gel to last you for a while.
People who use it regularly are extremely happy with the results and the method of application, and we were really impressed as well.
The great thing is that you can buy the kit in bulk and have a ready-to-use supply at your disposal, whenever you need it (as long as you don’t abuse it). Furthermore, because the container is so small, you can always put it in your purse and take it with you on trips (for business and for pleasure).
Bella Laboratories – Great Whitening System
- Ideal for home use
- Great for most types of users
- Works wonders with surface stains
Our Rating: 9.4/10
This kit comes with two trays and a gel container, and all you have to do is fit the trays in your mouth (like you would a mouth guard) and put a drop of gel inside each of the trays.
As you bite into the mouth guards, the gel will get in contact with the enamel on your teeth and will work its wonders. Just make sure to respect the time limit indicated on the box, or you may suffer from increased sensitivity!
The cool thing about this kit is that the gel cleans both the outside and inside of your teeth, which is not something we can say about the products discussed above.
Still, it’s also a bit riskier for your gums as it’s easier to get the gel on them. However, this is not such a big deal and every irritation will heal in a few days.
Why You Should Pay Attention to Reviews
In the era of online shopping, reviews are the way to keep the market in check. The fact that users can share their experience with a whitener, and they can communicate directly with other potential buyers doesn’t leave room for bad products to prosper.
From the point of view of a consumer, you should love the idea of whitening products being reviewed online! These are the great way to check if the whitening kit you’ve been eyeing for a while will rise to your expectations. So don’t ignore the reviews, learn from them!
We all experience the same product differently, but it helps to learn about other people’s struggles with the item before you purchase it. Of course, it also helps to know what other people enjoyed about the kit and try to apply it to our own needs.
So, when you’re looking for a new whitening kit, it’s recommended to first check it with other users and learn if they liked it or not by reading reviews.
The cool thing about sites that give you an idea on products is that you can ask questions. Naturally, you’re not guaranteed to get a reply, but if you ask enough people about their experience, you will get a more in-depth view of the product’s features (extremely useful in when you’re looking for a reliable whitener).
If the kit is new and you can’t find that many opinions, you may want to wait and see how other users feel about it. Of course, you can take the plunge and be among the first to make a review, so others can benefit from your experience.
Overall, sharing your experience with a kit is extremely helpful to other interests people, but to the market as well. With honest reviews from actual users, it’s easier to weed out the whiteners that support false claims and don’t deliver, leaving room for serious manufacturers to grow.
This feature is based on several variables, such as the brand’s name, the age of the product, and the people’s impressions.
The name of the brand and the company that supports it are important because they are the first ones to establish credibility. After all, would you buy from a company known to make low-quality whiteners?
The brand is a mark of quality n itself and you should always pay attention to it.
Naturally, it’s important to take everything with a grain of salt, as even the biggest brands can have bad ideas or production mishaps. This is why it’s great to buy only whitening kits that have been in the market for a while and proved their worth to other users (here is where the age of the product comes in).
Finally, the opinions you can find form other users are of extreme importance because these are the ones that will truly let you know if the kit you want is credible or not.
Reviews can also teach you something new about your whitening kit; maybe you discover a new feature or a simple trick that can make the use more efficient. It’s also a fun way to see how other people think about teeth whitening and the features that matter the most to them.
A good example is when a person with sensitive teeth reads reviews on whitening kits. This person has the opportunity to learn how people with sensitivity have dealt with the situation and even get some kit recommendations that they wouldn’t have to think about.
In reality, everything can seem different from a different perspective so why not take advantage if other people are willing to offer it?
How to Spot Fake Reviews
Sadly, fake reviews are a consequence of the efficiency good ones bring and you are bound to see them on kits that don’t promote quality.
Fake reviews are a part of marketing and many companies use them to either promote a new product (a whitener in this case) or shamelessly promote something that’s not as good as advertised.
The way to spot them is in the praise. No whitener, regardless of how great it is, will receive only 5-star appreciations! So, if all you can see are good things and praises, you should reconsider your choice.
Next on the list is the number of opinions. If there are less than 5, it’s better to move on – the product is not yet mature on the market and you shouldn’t be anyone’s Guinea pig.
Finally, a good way to spot fake reviews is in the way the review is structured. If the user only talks about the wonderful features of the product but doesn’t mention actually using it, it’s probably fake.
Examining Why Our Teeth Turn Yellow and Dark?
Foods and Drinks Effect on Our Teeth
Sadly, unhealthy foods don’t just affect our diet and body shape; they also influence the health of our pearly whites! Furthermore, there is more bad news as even some foods considered healthy can leave stains and discolorations on the enamel!
But, let’s not despair! The effects are temporary if we know how to clean and floss, and when the situation gets more serious, a whitening kit will definitely do the job wonderfully.
But let’s have a look at the types of foods and drinks that leave a mark on our dentures and how to avoid this bad influence.
These are more dangerous for kids, as we hope adults know by now they shouldn’t splurge on candy. Still, it’s important to know the risks these delicious pieces of colorful sugar and flavor bring.
Because of the high sugar content, hard candy means constantly exposing your teeth to an eroding factor. Also, it may not seem so, but the candies can easily lead to a broken or chipped tooth, which will wreak havoc on your oral health.
In our opinion, you don’t need this risk factor in your mouth, so it’s better if you quit cold turkey. If you still can’t make yourself quit, the alternative is sugarless gum that has the ADA approval for good oral health.
Moving on with the foods that harm your enamel, we continue with another hard candy – ice. It may not have the sugar content of a candy, but it is just as harmful when you chew on it.
We know it’s tempting, especially on a hot summer day, but resist the urge of breaking the ice with your teeth and let it do its job, which is cooling your drink (not breaking your enamel).
As promised, we will have healthy foods on this list as well! While fresh citrus like lemon and oranges are considered healthy for your stomach and good for your diet, they are not as well-received by the world of dental care.
These fruits are highly acidic, which means your enamel will be fighting a difficult battle to stay intact. The acid in citrus erodes enamel, especially if you don’t brush immediately after consuming them.
We know it’s fun and healthy to drink lemon water, but it’s better to alternate with plain water and reduce the amount of citrus that gets in touch with your teeth.
Coffee and Tea
In theory, these are healthy beverages, but when you add sugar, cream, caramel, and other sweet delicacies, you transform an innocent beverage into a caloric bomb filled with sweets. It’s like having candy in liquid form!
Furthermore, if you are an avid coffee/tea drinker, you will soon see that your pearly whites get a yellow shade.
Now, the only way to avoid this would be to reduce the amount of tea and coffee you consume on a daily basis, but if this can’t be done, you should increase the amount of water you drink, and make sure you brush thoroughly.
Wine & Alcohol in general
Wine is acidic and brings the same problems we mentioned in citrus, but it is also high in alcohol content, which leads to dry mouth and dehydration. For the teeth, this is translated into reduced saliva flow, which can lead to tooth decay or gum problems.
Saliva acts as a natural barrier and mouthwash, which is why when the flow is reduced, you get more teeth problems.
With all the new technology available in the world of dentistry, there is no reason to still be using a manual toothbrush! Especially now when the prices are extremely affordable and you can find a plethora of designs and combinations!
The only thing a manual toothbrush has over the electric one is an ease of use and portability. After all, you don’t need batteries for a manual device and you can simply throw it in your suitcase and forget about it until you need it.
However, when it comes brushing techniques and plaque removal, the manual toothbrush’s advantages fade away.
Let’s have a look at why a manual toothbrush can be the actual cause behind your yellow-brownish teeth color:
- Plaque buildup – We all know how nasty plaque feels on the teeth, but if you don’t use your toothbrush correctly, in time, the layer of plaque will get thicker and it will cover the entire surface of the enamel. Electric brushes are designed to help with plaque removal due to the oscillating and rotating heads.
- Worn bristles – Yes, this happens to electric brushes as well, but in a manual one it’s a bit more difficult to keep track as the bristles are not as fine.
- Timing – If your idea of brushing is a 30 seconds job, you’re not doing it right! The recommended brushing time is 2 minutes – with 30 seconds on each side of your mouth, on the inside and outside of your teeth. This way, you reach all the spots and clean the entire surface, and give the gums some loving as well. The cool thing about most toothbrushes is that they have timer included in the handle, so you’ll know when you’ve brushed enough.
Regardless of how you look at it, electric toothbrushes are designed with oral health in mind. The device does the job without asking you to be too involved and the bristles are specially arranged to reach all the hidden places in your mouth.
Not to mention that, during your 2-minute brushing, the head will perform hundreds of moves on your teeth, cleaning and polishing the enamel.
So, when you put the two together, the manual toothbrush is completely overtaken!
As we age, our pearly whites age with us so it’s natural to get dingy gray or yellow stains over the years. However, there are ways to prevent this, if you know how to brush correctly (or if you have the right electric toothbrush).
The ideal way to brush for whiter teeth is to have the bristles at a 45-degree angle to your gums (not perpendicular to the enamel’s surface) and use back and forth strokes, in a gentle manner.
If you apply too much pressure, you’ll wear the toothbrush and the enamel on your teeth so badly that you’ll need to see a dentist soon enough.
Now that you know the correct position while brushing, it’s important to know where to brush as well. The idea is to hit all your spots but insist on the ones that have surface stains. Also, don’t forget the inside of your teeth and the ones placed at the far end of the row (which are usually the most neglected).
To make sure you reach the inside of your teeth, tilt the toothbrush in a vertical position and do up and down strokes. Finally, don’t forget that the tongue needs your attention as well and make sure to floss at least once a day.
If you’re not aware of the importance of flossing, you probably have yellow-looking teeth and build-up plaque. Sadly, for some people, the process of removing a piece of floss string from the pack and moving it in the space in between teeth is too much of a job so they simply skip it.
Well, this may come as a shock to you, but flossing is actually even more important than brushing! When you don’t floss, you allow for gingivitis and cavities to settle in because the food can remain stuck in the tiniest of cracks.
Furthermore, the plaque buildup is a fantastic home for 1000+ bacteria, which can lead to irritation and inflammation of the gums tissue (also known as gingivitis).
To continue the horrors you subject your oral hygiene routine, gingivitis leads to periodontal disease, which allows the bacteria to enter the bloodstream, moving the infection into your vital organs such as the heart or lungs.
So, next time, when you see that floss container sitting on the bathroom counter, think about all the trouble you could prevent by simply sparing a few moments every day and using the floss. Don’t be thrown off by the simplicity of the process!
Furthermore, if you want to use a whitening kit, it’s important to have healthy teeth. Otherwise, you will have to first take care of the current problems and only then consider getting a lighter shade.
Every self-respecting dentist will recommend you to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, but they will also add to include some mouthwash into the mix.
Now, if you don’t use it, it’s not that bad, but if you consider all the benefits you get from simply rinsing your mouth after a thorough brushing, you may want to reconsider.
The first and most important aspect is the freshness of breath. Mouthwash gets rid of the stinky breath and the effect lasts for at least a few hours.
Next on the list is the fact that mouthwash can get rid of those last, but stubborn bacteria that could not be removed using the brush or the dental floss. This happens because during your rinse, you basically bathe the teeth and tongue in mouthwash, carrying everything out.
Furthermore, if you rinse before brushing and flossing, the mouthwash works wonders with those food particles that get hardened in between your teeth. According to experts, this is the perfect way to remove those bits without harming your gums or the enamel.
Not to mention that mouthwash keeps plaque away, protecting you from gum disease or cavities. So, all-in-all, your oral hygiene routine will never be complete if you don’t include mouthwash in it!
Finally, the last on our list of reasons why your teeth may turn yellow in spite of all your efforts, we have the toothpaste. While this is the substance that’s at the very base of your oral hygiene routine, you should know how to choose the one that fits your needs.
This is important because the toothpaste, in combination with your brushing technique will remove the plaque from your pearly whites. It’s also the substance that will clean the teeth before applying a whitening kit and the substance that makes your breath fresh even when you’re not using mouthwash.
Next on the list of important things, toothpaste contains fluoride, which is a very important substance for your dental health. Fluoride promotes re-mineralization and keeps the enamel strong and durable against the constant assault of sweet and acidic foods and drinks we consume.
Fluoride can also help repair early signs of decay, before they settle in and produce any real problems.
Finally, toothpaste contains special ingredients that clean and polish the enamel, removing superficial surface stains (the whitening kits are for the more stubborn stains). You will also find toothpaste mixtures with whitening ingredients, which work wonders for some stains.
So, the final conclusion here is that you must test several brands before you decide on the one that works for you and the whiteness of your teeth.
Reviewing the Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Enhances Your Appearance
The number one reason why anyone would undergo a professional treatment or would use a whitening kit at home is the way it makes you look. Whitening your smile is the one procedure that is affordable, painless, and sheds a few years off your face.
Furthermore, a person with a perfectly white smile is a lot more relaxed in interactions with other people. So, if you have an important business coming up or a date, a whitening kit may be a great way to boost your self-esteem.
The cool thing is that the procedure is equally successful in enhancing appearances for both men and women. It’s also easy to apply and less expensive than most makeup kits out there, so it may just be the next great thing for your look.
Boosts Your Self Confidence
As a result of looking better and younger, your confidence will also get a boost out of a whitening treatment. There are actual studies done, and it shows that people with good looks and a perfect smile are a lot better perceived by society.
So, if you know that when you smile, people will be happy to reciprocate and flattered by your attention, you will definitely feel a lot more confident in your powers as a charming presence.
Reviewing affordable whitening kit you can use at home is the most affordable method for this activity. Of course, you can also get a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash, but the effect won’t be as dashing.
This happens because whitening kits use bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide to make your teeth whiter than they naturally are, while whitening products will only get you as far as Mother Nature gave you.
However, you have to be prepared to include the whitening kit in your oral hygiene routine as the effects fade off after a while. The same happens with the professional treatments, but some that are more advance last up to two years (with maintenance, of course).
When you look younger and you feel more confident, you also look more attractive; it’s something that comes naturally. In our opinion, after we reviewed the teeth whitening kit is a fantastic method to improve your appearance and still be able to pay rent or buy food for the current month.
And this is a proven fact, supported by scientific studies, not just something that’s just perceived for a few days after you make a change.
Whiter teeth take the focus off your face, and guide the eyes of the viewer towards your charming smile.
Doesn’t Damage Your Teeth
If you ever wondered, the answer is definitely no; there is no risk to your teeth as long as you follow the instructions on the box. Also, wait until you are an adult to apply a whitening kit, because underdeveloped teeth are more sensitive to the bleaching agents included in these treatments.
One of the side effects you may notice is increased teeth sensitivity, but this will go away in about a day after applying the treatment.
The sensitivity is due to the fact that the active ingredients open the pores in the enamel and expose the dentine (the soft tissue containing nerves).
However, this is normal and happens even after a professional treatment.
Finally, you may also get some gums irritation, which is also normal. This happens because the gel used for the whitening process is not designed to get in contact with soft tissue.
So, when this happens, a mild burn will form. But, just like with the sensitivity, this irritation will also go away in a few days and everything will be just right.
Our Final Thoughts
As you can see, a brighter smile also means more confidence, a more attractive figure, and even more success in your interactions with other people. Furthermore, due to the plethora of whitening kits available right now, this aspect is easy to obtain and it won’t set you back too much (finance wise).
In this guide, we tried to offer as much information as possible while reviewing on how to choose the whitening kit for your needs, but we also touched on techniques and practices that can help you in the long run when it comes to oral hygiene.
We included and reviewed some of the recommended whiteners, but we also talked about using an online reviewing system to learn more about the hidden traits of a kit you like.
After all, if you understand the power of a site that brings you online reviews, especially when it comes to teeth whiteners, you won’t be fooled by marketing or other schemes.
If you follow our guidelines and our advice, we’re confident you’ll make a fantastic choice when it comes to keeping those pearly whites clean and shining!