kits are pretty hit and miss.
You either find one that works a treat but leaves your teeth feeling super-sensitive, or fail to notice a difference at all - and that's before you've even considered the sometimes harmful ingredients found in a handful of unregulated buys, the consistency they often require and eye-wateringly expensive price tags.
But, in our quest for whiter, brighter teeth, we were able to separate the wheat from the chaff - and these are the at-home teeth whitening products that actually work a treat.
When your at-home teeth whitening strips are formulated by actual dentists, you know you're in safe hands. Spotlight's strips dissolve over the space of an hour (take them off after that) to safely and effectively remove stains and whiten using the most powerful teeth whitening ingredient: hydrogen peroxide. Repeat everyday for two weeks and you'll have perfect pearly whites with minimum effort.
Not only for detox face masks, Curaprox's whitening toothpaste also harnesses the purifying properties of charcoal to keep stains from settling. Even though the texture is slightly gritty, it's definitely not gag-worthy like some charcoal-infused products. Brush for two minutes, rinse your mouth out thoroughly, et voila.
If you're going to put your trust in any teeth whitening product, make it dentist-led! Dr. Richard Marques' Natural Whitening Paste is free from a whole host of potential irritants and, instead, boasts ingredients like calcium carbonate, silica and Tea tree oil to brighten and freshen. We feel so nostalgic for the strawberry flavour.
A pea-sized amount of the BlanX treatment in place of your regular toothpaste is capable of blurring yellow stains into oblivion, all without subjecting your teeth to any abrasive ingredients which so often sensitise - ouch. Using the LED might seem like a bit of a faff when all you want to do is fall into bed at the end of the day, but you only need a minute each time; the key is consistency.
Totally peroxide-free, Mr. Blanc's whitening strips get to work after just one use - and we can vouch for that. Simply mould each strip to your teeth (don't forget to tuck underneath), go about your daily business for thirty minutes, whip them off and marvel over the difference. Simple!
It may look like you need a degree to use this kit but it couldn't be more simple. Inject the all-natural gel (which doesn't damage gums) into the mouth guards and position them over your teeth before biting down on the snazzy-looking LED light for thirty minutes. The result is a polished, pearly look that you'll want to show off at every opportunity.
The Pearl Drops whitening kit is amazing at diminishing discolouration left behind by the main stain culprits tea, coffee, tobacco and red wine. Saying that, the 3-step routine requires a little bit of patience over ten days. It comes complete with a brush-on Brightening and Activator serum which you need to slick on to your teeth before going in with the polish. Commit to the routine and you'll be saying 'Hello, dazzling smile' in no time.
Forget both the humble price-tag and old-school packaging - this toothpaste has the ability to eradicate stains for a brighter smile in just a couple of weeks. The added Pentasodium Triphosphate works like an apron against food particles so that they don't collect on your teeth, and, unlike most whitening toothpastes, it lathers up a treat so it even feels like it's working. Top marks.